The Business Conditions Survey was first mounted in the second quarter of 1987 to provide input for the Institute's economic forecasting activity. It is conducted on a quarterly basis to assist in assessing the short-term outlook for the economy. The survey findings are used to supplement the availability of quantitative information from conventional sources. A Business Conditions Index is constructed from the survey results which gives advance information that permits inferences to be drawn regarding emerging economic trends.

The survey covers a sample of over 350 manufacturing businesses incorporated locally and foreign manufacturing concerns operating in Malaysia, covering 11 industries. Questions posed in the survey questionnaire are on key determinants such as production level, new order bookings, sales performances, inventory build-up and new job openings. Reports of the survey findings are published two weeks after the end of each quarter.

bci 3rd Quarter 2018

SLOWER GROWTH

  • BCI slides to 108.8 points
  • Current Index (CI) edged up
  • Expectation Index Fall
  • Sales up marginally

bci 2nd Quarter 2018

CONFIDENCE SHOOTS UP

  • The MIER Index of Business Conditions registers a level of 116.3 points
  • Index reaches highest level, over the last 13 quarters
  • New orders, particularly domestic orders remain strong
  • Investment in new plant and equipment goes up
  • Higher expected production and ex...

bci 1st Quarter 2018

INDEX SLIPS BELOW THRESHOLD LEVEL

  • BCI slides to 98.6 points
  • Sales fall off
  • Unexciting local and external orders
  • Domestic prices drop slightly
  • Higher expected production and export sales in the next quarter

bci 4th Quarter 2017

GROWING SLOWER, BUT POSITIVE

  • BCI falls 1.6 points to settle at 101.5 points
  • Current Index (CI) registered gains
  • Expected Index (EI) fell
  • Sales picking up
  • Local orders rebound, Export orders inactiv

bci 3rd Quarter 2017

SENTIMENTS EASE BUT STILL STEADY

  • BCI stands at 103.1 points, down from the previous quarter's reading of 114.1
  • Poor manufacturing sales
  • Slowdown in production
  • Lower domestic and export orders
  • Higher expected production and export sales in the next quarter

bci2 2nd Quarter 2017

BUSINESS CONDITIONS MOVE-UP SLIGHTLY

  • BCI gains 1.4 points to register 114.1 points
  • Rise in manufacturing sales and production
  • Higher domestic orders
  • Unexciting demand from overseas market
  • Production and export orders to decline in the coming months

bci 1st Quarter 2017

A CONFIDENCE -BOOSTING START

  • Business Conditions Index climbs above benchmark to read 112.7 points, up from 81.2 points in the previous quarter
  • Sales moving fast at start of the year
  • Local and export orders picking up
  • Business activity likely to accelerate in the next quarter

bci 4th Quarter 2016

STILL IN NEGATIVE TERRITORY

  • BCI drops for the second consecutive quarter to 81.2 points
  • Expected Index (EI) lost 12.4 points
  • Current Index gained marginally by 0.4 points
  • Overall sales and production trending higher but likely to drop in the next quarter
  • External orders dipped...

bci 3rd Quarter 2016

IN CONTRACTIONARY MODE

  • BCI dives below threshold to settle at 83.9 points
  • Slowdown in overall sales and production
  • Local and export orders decline
  • Stock levels increasing
  • Near-term outlook remains bleak

bci 2nd Quarter 2016

BACK ON TRACK

  • BCI gains 13.6 points to 106.4 points
  • Sales trending higher
  • Pickup in output activities
  • Higher local and overseas orders
  • Investment goes up