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 July 2021 BIE Survey dated July 14, 2021 (involving 175 firms responding):
- Inflation expectations: Firms’ year-ahead inflation expectations decreased significantly to 2.8 percent, on average.
- Current economic environment: Sales levels “compared to normal” increased slightly. However, profit margins remain unchanged. Year-over-year unit cost growth is relatively unchanged at 2.9 percent, on average.
- Quarterly question: Firms’ sales gap (percentage below “normal” unit sales levels) increased to 0.5 percent above normal as firms, on average, are now recording historically high sales levels.
- Special question: We asked firms how much they change the price of their primary good or service during “normal” times. They were then asked to report whether they experienced a price change during the last 12 months and what the percent change was. We followed up by asking about their expected price changes during 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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