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 19th January 2017:

  • The Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI) results show that NI economic activity was estimated to have grown by 1.6% from Quarter 3 (July – September) 2015 to Quarter 3 (July – September) 2016. However the index decreased by 0.9% in real terms between Quarter 2 (April – June) 2016 and Quarter 3 2016.
  • Over the last two years annual output, (averaged over the four quarters to Quarter 3 2016 compared to the previous four quarters) increased by 1.5%.
  • 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 (1.5%) compared to UK GDP growth (1.9%)[1]. In the UK quarterly growth (0.6%) was also higher than that recorded for NI (-0.9%).

Current publication, press release and tables

NICEI publication and tables - 19th January 2017

Archive data

Previous NICEI publications and methodology paper

Contact details

Further information

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