The Economic Tendency Survey is a report that summarises how firms and consumers view the economy. The report is published monthly and consists of three parts. Similar surveys are conducted in other EU countries.
The Economic Tendency Indicator is based on monthly surveys of households and firms and consequently captures the sentiment among these players in the Swedish economy. The indicator is based on the information contained in the confidence indicators for manufacturing, services, construction, retail and consumers.
Each month we ask 6,000 firms questions about the recent past, the present and the near future. This survey is intended to provide a quick qualitative indication of outcomes and expectations for key economic variables for which no quantitative data are yet available. The variables in the survey include new orders, output, and employment.
The purpose of this survey is to provide quick qualitative indications of households' plans to purchase consumer durables and attitudes to the economic situation in Sweden, personal finances, inflation and saving.
The interviews take place during the first two weeks of each month and are evenly distributed from day 1to day 15. All EU countries conduct similar monthly surveys and the questions in the NIER's surveys are harmonized with EU guidelines.