Firms’ Inflation Expectations And Inflation’s Influence On Prices

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, pricing, 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 May 2022 BIE Survey dated May 11, 2022 (involving 199 firms responding):

  • Inflation expectations: Firms’ year-ahead inflation expectations remain relatively unchanged at 3.7 percent, on average.
  • Current economic environment: Sales levels and profit margins “compared to normal” remain relatively unchanged. Year-over-year unit cost growth is unchanged at 4.2 percent, on average.
  • Quarterly question: Approximately 50 percent of firms expect both labor costs and nonlabor costs to put significant upward influence on prices. About 30 percent of firms expect sales levels and margin adjustments to put moderate upward influence on prices during the next 12 months.
  • Special question: Firms were asked how influential aggregate inflation is when making business decisions. They were then asked to forecast the expected CPI inflation rate over the next 12 months. A breakdown of the results can be found in the special question section below.

The report also includes other questions and a variety of charts and tables depicting respondents’ answers.


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