Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-43 :
It is claimed that consumer spending is sustaining the UK economy. In survey BB43, we focus on sales, stocks and investment plans.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1Compared to November and December 2000, are your sales:
Q2For the first three months of 2002, compared with the same period in 2001, do you expect your sales to be:
Q3Compared to November and December 2000, are your stocks of finished products for November and December 2001:
Q4Do you expect your stocks for the first three months of 2002 to be:
Q5Compared to December 2000, are your present levels of planned investment in physical assets (excluding stocks):
Q6Compared with December 2000, is your present investment in training:
Q7And finally, a question suggested by a panellist: "To what extent has the tendency of banks to centralise business banking onto a call centre affected the efficiency of the operation?"
Q8To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
Q9To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
Q10To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
Q11Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
Q12Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:

(1) Compared to November and December 2000, are your sales:
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. much more buoyant6.7%
2. more buoyant26.1%
3. the same29.1%
4. less buoyant29.1%
5. much less buoyant9%

(2) For the first three months of 2002, compared with the same period in 2001, do you expect your sales to be:
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. much more buoyant5.2%
2. more buoyant36.6%
3. the same29.9%
4. less buoyant22.4%
5. much less buoyant6%

(3) Compared to November and December 2000, are your stocks of finished products for November and December 2001:
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. much higher2.2%
2. higher15.7%
3. the same27.6%
4. lower14.2%
5. much lower5.2%
6. not applicable35.1%

(4) Do you expect your stocks for the first three months of 2002 to be:
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. much higher0.7%
2. higher13.4%
3. the same31.3%
4. lower18.7%
5. much lower2.2%
6. not applicable33.6%

(5) Compared to December 2000, are your present levels of planned investment in physical assets (excluding stocks):
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. much higher3.7%
2. higher25.4%
3. the same36.6%
4. lower23.9%
5. much lower10.4%

(6) Compared with December 2000, is your present investment in training:
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. much higher1.5%
2. higher26.9%
3. the same44%
4. lower11.9%
5. much lower4.5%
6. not applicable11.2%

(7) And finally, a question suggested by a panellist: "To what extent has the tendency of banks to centralise business banking onto a call centre affected the efficiency of the operation?"
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1. significantly improved the efficiency 0.0%
2. improved the efficiency4.5%
3. kept it the same24.6%
4. reduced the efficiency31.3%
5. significantly reduced the efficiency23.9%
6. no opinion15.7%

(8) To what extent is your business constrained by skill shortages?
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1 Highly11.9%
221.6%
328.4%
419.4%
5 Not at all18.7%

(9) To what extent is your business constrained by a lack of finance?
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1 Highly15.7%
223.9%
323.1%
417.2%
5 Not at all20.1%

(10) To what extent is your business constrained by low market demand?
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
1 Highly22.4%
225.4%
325.4%
418.7%
5 Not at all8.2%

(11) Over the last 3 months, has your business:-
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
Expanded significantly (more than 10%)6.7%
Expanded somewhat (between 5% to 10%)31.3%
Remained static36.6%
Declined somewhat (between 5% to 10%)18.7%
Declined significantly (more than 10%)6.7%

(12) Over the next 3 months, do you expect your business to:
ResponseTotal answers: 134
%
Expand significantly (more than 10%)11.2%
Expand somewhat (between 5% to 10%)38.8%
Remain static35.8%
Decline somewhat (between 5% to 10%)11.2%
Decline significantly (more than 10%)3%