The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta publishes a monthly report titled “Business Inflation Expectations” (BIE) that contains statistics from a survey of regional businesses’ views on various factors that impact profitability. These factors include unit costs, unit cost expectations, sales levels, profit margins, and other factors.
As described on the site:
Approximately 300 panelists receive the survey each month. Panelists represent businesses of various sizes headquartered within the Sixth District, which encompasses Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and sections of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Panelists range from executives of large corporations to owner-operators of small businesses. The industry composition of the panel roughly reflects the makeup of the national economy. Nevertheless, survey responses are weighted by industry shares of national gross domestic product.
An excerpt from the April 2019 BIE Survey dated April 10, 2019 (involving 215 firms responding):
- Inflation expectations: Firms’ year-ahead inflation expectations went unchanged at 1.9 percent, on average.
- Current economic environment: Sales levels and profit margins compared to “normal times” remained roughly the same. Year-over-year unit cost growth increased slightly to 2.1 percent, on average.
The survey’s “Special Question” asked firms three questions, one concerning the percentage price change for the firm’s largest product or service over the last three months; the percent change in the number of employees over the last three months; and the expected inflation (CPI) over the next 12 months.
The report also includes other questions and a variety of charts and tables depicting respondents’ answers.
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