Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry Statistics 2019

Date published: 31 March 2021

The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency has today released headline results from the 2019 Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) survey.

2019 Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) survey
2019 Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) survey

Growth in aGVA, turnover and purchases between 2018 and 2019

The key findings include:

  • Total aGVA was estimated to be worth £26.2 billion at basic prices in 2019. This represented a rise of 9.7% (£2.3 billion) compared to 2018.
  • Turnover for NI businesses increased by 4.6% between 2018 and 2019 to £71.9 billion, while the cost of purchases of goods, services and energy increased by 0.5% to £46.4 billion.

Growth in the production, construction, distribution and non-financial services sectors

  • The key driver of aGVA growth was in the NI non-financial services sector which increased by £1,354 million (14.7%) between 2018 and 2019.  The majority of aGVA growth in this sector is attributable to the transport and storage section which increased by £548 million (34.1%).
  • Retail and wholesale trade within the distribution sector recorded aGVA growth of £614 million (10.9%).
  • aGVA in the construction sector recorded a growth of £254 million (9.3%).
  •  aGVA in the production sector increased by £86 million (1.4%) from 2018 to 2019.

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