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 13th October 2016:

  • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity was estimated to have increased by 1.0% in real terms between Quarter 1 (January – March) 2016 and Quarter 2 (April – June) 2016. The index also increased by 1.6% over the year (Quarter 2 2015 to Quarter 2 2016) in real terms.
  • The annual rate of growth in NI over the last year (1.6%) is the strongest since that recorded in Quarter 2 2015 (2.0%) and the quarterly growth (1.0%) is the strongest since that recorded in Quarter 3 2013 (1.2%).
  • Over the last two years annual output, (averaged over the four quarters to Quarter 2 2016 compared to the previous four quarters) increased by 1.3%.
  • Although the measures are not produced on a fully equivalent basis, comparisons with the UK over the same period show that the NICEI grew at a slower rate (1.3%) compared to UK GDP growth (1.9%). However the UK quarterly growth (0.7%) is lower than that recorded for NI (1.0%). 

Current publication, press release and tables

NICEI publication and tables - 13th October

Archive data

Previous NICEI publications and methodology paper

Contact details

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