All-Island Business Monitor

The largest and most comprehensive business survey on the island

InterTradeIreland’s quarterly All-Island Business Monitor (AIBM) is the largest and most comprehensive business survey on the island, covering business owner’s views from both Northern Ireland and Ireland. A robust sample of more than 750 telephone interviews are conducted each quarter from SMEs across a range of sectors. The survey has a lengthy time series of seven years and tracks all-island economic indicators such as sales, employment, business outlook and other specific topical issues on a quarterly basis.


The latest InterTradeIreland Business Monitor (Q1 2019) reveals a continuing pattern of businesses deferring decisions and stalling investments against the backdrop of Brexit. Some of the key stats are outlined below.

  • 11 per cent of business planned to increase levels of staff training in Q1 2019, compared to 17 per cent in the same period last year
  • 31 per cent say that Brexit is having a negative impact on investment decisions.
  • 6 per cent of firms planning to spend on research and development over the next 12 months.
  • 34 per cent of micro firms recording profit margins of less than five per cent.
  • 89 per cent have not increased or decreased staff in the past quarter.
  • 18 per cent of firms have seen sales increase, while 16 per cent have experienced a drop

However, the latest figures point to a slowing down in the performance of cross-border traders, with only 18 per cent reporting an increase in sales in Q1 2019, compared to 26 per cent in the previous quarter, a drop of over 40 per cent.  Close to half of cross-border traders (44 per cent) say they have been negatively impacted by Brexit.

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