Forecasted Inflation And Responses To Supply Chain Disruption

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 September 2021 BIE Survey dated September 15, 2021 (involving 185 firms responding):

  • Inflation expectations: Firms’ year-ahead inflation expectations were relatively unchanged at 3.1 percent, on average.
  • Current economic environment: Sales levels “compared to normal” decreased to a neutral level. However, profit margins remain unchanged. Year-over-year unit cost growth is relatively unchanged at 3.2 percent, on average.
  • Quarterly question: Firms’ long-term (per year, over the next five to 10 years) inflation expectations were relatively unchanged at 3.0 percent, on average.
  • Special question: Firms were asked whether they faced supply chain disruptions and what actions, if any, they took to mitigate them. They were then asked how important these actions were to the firm’s continuity. A breakdown of the results can be found in the special question section below.


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