Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI)

The NICEI is an experimental quarterly measure of the performance of the Northern Ireland (NI) economy based on available official statistics.

Headline results

Latest results - published 15th October 2015:

  • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity decreased marginally (by 0.1%) in real terms between the first and second quarter of 2015.
  • However, the index increased by 1.3% over the year (Quarter 2 2014 to Quarter 2 2015) in real terms.
  • Annual output (averaged over the four quarters to Quarter 2 2015) also increased by 1.3% compared to the previous four quarters.
  • Private sector output grew by 0.1% over the quarter to Quarter 2 2015, whilst the public sector jobs index decreased by 0.8% over the quarter. The public sector jobs index is now at the lowest level since the series began in 2002.
  • The NICEI is currently 3.5% above the minimum reached in Quarter 4 2012, returning to levels previously recorded in Quarter 3 2010.

Current publication, press release and tables

NICEI publication and tables - 15th October 2015 

Archive data

Previous NICEI publications and methodology paper

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