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The Sales Managers Index: Global All-Sector

Released: April 18, 2017

Sales Managers Report Increasing Rate of Growth in April
  • Market growth increases in April to 19 month high
  • Global business confidence remains very strong
  • Global price inflation for goods and services at a 2 year high in April

Global business activity across all industry sectors grew strongly in April with a headline Sales Managers’ Index reading of 54.3. Optimism among managers remained high in April, with the Business Confidence Index at 57.1 and the Sales Growth Index at 54.7 a 15 month high. Price increases for goods and services have increased again during the period with the Prices Charged Index rising to 54.5, up from 53.6 in March. 

Headline Sales Managers' Index

Business Confident Index

Market Growth Index

Prices Charged Index

About Global  All-Sector SMI Data

The Sales Managers' Index provide the earliest monthly data on the speed and direction of Global economic activity.

Key advantages of the Global All-Sector SMI:
  • The SMI provides the first indication each month of the speed and direction of economic growth across the Globe.
  • The SMI provides the most complete indication of growth, covering all private sector activity.
  • The SMI is based on a key occupational group - uniquely able to sense changes in business activity levels.
  • The SMI is composite index of business confidence, market growth, sales, prices charged and staffing levels.
  • The SMI is a diffusion index, any index value above 50 indicates growth and below 50 indicates contraction.

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