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 1st Quarter 2016

MANUFACTURERS REMAINED CAUTIOUS AT START OF 2016

  • BCI gains 5.8 points quarter-on-quarter, but loses 8.1 points year-on-year
  • Index remains below threshold level at 92.9 points
  • Higher sales, domestic orders, expected production and expected export sales
  • Lower production output, export...

bci 4th Quarter 2015

CONDITIONS REMAIN CHALLENGING

  • Index marginally higher at 87.1 points
  • Current Index (CI) registered gain of 3.7 points
  • Sales, new local orders and export orders deteriorate
  • Production volume, capacity utilization and capital investment higher
  • Expected Index recorded loss of 8.5 poin...

bci 3rd Quarter 2015

BCI CONTINUE TO DROP

  • BCI drops for second consecutive quarter to 86.4 points
  • Overall manufacturing sales decline
  • Lower new domestic and export orders
  • Production slow down as expected
  • Domestic sales outlook bleak
  • Lower expected production and expected foreign sales

bci 3rd Quarter 2014

LOSING MOMENTUM

  • BCI records 95.9 points, down 17.0 points from 2Q14
  • Sales significantly lower
  • Drop in new domestic and exports orders
  • Less vibrant manufacturing activities
  • Stocks piling up

bci 1st Quarter 2015

PROMISING START

  • Business Conditions Index rose 101.0 points against 86.4 points in the previous quarter
  • Healthy sales at start of the year
  • Growth in domestic and export orders
  • Business activity likely to accelerate in the next quarter

bci 1st Quarter 2015

PROMISING START

  • Business Conditions Index rose 101.0 points against 86.4 points in the previous quarter
  • Healthy sales at start of the year
  • Growth in domestic and export orders
  • Business activity likely to accelerate in the next quarter

bci 4th Quarter 2014

CONDITIONS REMAIN CHALLENGING

  • Index marginally higher at 87.1 points
  • Current Index (CI) registered gain of 3.7 points
  • Sales, new local orders and export orders deteriorate
  • Production volume, capacity utilization and capital investment higher
  • Expected Index recorded loss of 8.5 poin...

bci 2nd Quarter 2014

SENTIMENTS CONTINUE TO IMPROVE

  • BCI surged upward to 113.0 points
  • Manufacturing sales increase
  • Strong domestic demand and rise in export orders
  • Production output on a positive mode
  • Higher investment in new plant and equipment

bci 1st Quarter 2014

BOOSTING START

  • Business Conditions Index rose 103.1 points against 92.0 points in the previous quarter
  • Manufacturing sales picking up
  • Moderate domestic demand and export orders
  • More job openings in the manufacturing sector
  • Business activity likely to accelerate in the next...

bci 4th Quarter 2013

BCI TAKES ANOTHER KNOCK

  • BCI slides further to 92.0 points
  • Sales performance deteriorates
  • Sluggishness in domestic orders
  • Fewer increases in export orders