Indicators of Short-Term Movements in Business Investment

9 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2005

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Colin Ellis

Hult International Business School (London)

Sebastian Barnes

Bank of England - Monetary Analysis

Abstract

Business surveys provide more timely news about investment than official data. The surveys also include forward-looking information. This article examines some survey-based indicators of business investment. Using simple techniques, several indicators are found to contain information about the path of investment. Moreover, as official business investment data are often revised, survey data can also usefully supplement the official data when interpreting recent movements in investment.

Suggested Citation

Ellis, Colin and Barnes, Sebastian, Indicators of Short-Term Movements in Business Investment. Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, Spring 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=698781

Colin Ellis (Contact Author)

Hult International Business School (London) ( email )

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Sebastian Barnes

Bank of England - Monetary Analysis ( email )

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