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Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey

April 30, 2019

Results Table

Report


Historical data are available from January 2007 to the most current release month.

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Revenue

13.9

12.3

+1.6

Increasing

113

30.1

53.6

16.2

Employment

11.6

11.6

0.0

Increasing

110

18.6

74.4

7.0

Part–Time Employment

2.8

1.8

+1.0

Increasing

3

8.9

85.0

6.1

Hours Worked

2.4

5.6

–3.2

Increasing

30

8.0

86.3

5.6

Wages and Benefits

20.3

22.8

–2.5

Increasing

119

21.7

76.8

1.4

Input Prices

25.7

30.1

–4.4

Increasing

120

28.0

69.7

2.3

Selling Prices

10.4

11.9

–1.5

Increasing

38

16.0

78.4

5.6

Capital Expenditures

17.5

16.5

+1.0

Increasing

116

22.8

72.0

5.3

General Business Conditions
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Improved% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

5.5

–0.5

+6.0

Improving

1

16.6

72.3

11.1

General Business Activity

5.7

–4.4

+10.1

Improving

1

16.9

71.9

11.2

IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Outlook Uncertainty†

12.8

11.6

+1.2

Increasing

15

23.7

65.5

10.9

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Revenue

41.3

43.3

–2.0

Increasing

122

49.1

43.1

7.8

Employment

19.4

25.3

–5.9

Increasing

121

29.2

61.0

9.8

Part–Time Employment

4.8

6.1

–1.3

Increasing

82

12.4

80.0

7.6

Hours Worked

7.1

6.8

+0.3

Increasing

32

11.5

84.1

4.4

Wages and Benefits

37.7

39.3

–1.6

Increasing

148

40.7

56.3

3.0

Input Prices

38.1

43.9

–5.8

Increasing

148

38.5

61.1

0.4

Selling Prices

26.8

30.8

–4.0

Increasing

120

29.9

67.0

3.1

Capital Expenditures

23.3

22.3

+1.0

Increasing

121

28.9

65.6

5.6

General Business Conditions
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Improved% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

19.4

13.0

+6.4

Improving

4

28.4

62.6

9.0

General Business Activity

12.3

4.3

+8.0

Improving

3

23.1

66.0

10.8

Texas Retail Outlook Survey

April 30, 2019

Historical data are available from January 2007 to the most current release month.

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas
Retail (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease
Retail Activity in Texas

Sales

13.2

–2.7

+15.9

Increasing

1

23.6

65.9

10.4

Employment

8.5

–0.5

+9.0

Increasing

1

12.2

84.1

3.7

Part–Time Employment

5.6

1.8

+3.8

Increasing

3

11.3

83.0

5.7

Hours Worked

–2.2

–4.0

+1.8

Decreasing

5

2.9

92.0

5.1

Wages and Benefits

18.3

21.6

–3.3

Increasing

98

21.1

76.1

2.8

Input Prices

10.9

19.0

–8.1

Increasing

39

17.2

76.5

6.3

Selling Prices

10.9

7.2

+3.7

Increasing

25

18.6

73.7

7.7

Capital Expenditures

14.8

7.2

+7.6

Increasing

3

18.5

77.8

3.7

Inventories

–5.5

15.7

–21.2

Decreasing

1

19.0

56.5

24.5

Companywide Retail Activity

Companywide Sales

8.8

–1.2

+10.0

Increasing

1

22.1

64.6

13.3

Companywide Internet Sales

7.1

2.7

+4.4

Increasing

12

16.1

74.9

9.0

General Business Conditions, Retail
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Improved% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

–5.2

–10.4

+5.2

Worsening

5

8.4

78.0

13.6

General Business Activity

–10.7

–18.7

+8.0

Worsening

5

5.0

79.4

15.7

Outlook Uncertainty
Current (versus previous month)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease

Outlook Uncertainty†

14.5

11.1

+3.4

Increasing

11

21.8

70.9

7.3

Business Indicators Relating to Facilities and Products in Texas, Retail
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Increase% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Decrease
Retail Activity in Texas

Sales

25.6

27.6

–2.0

Increasing

4

36.7

52.2

11.1

Employment

5.0

9.0

–4.0

Increasing

23

16.4

72.3

11.4

Part–Time Employment

0.3

2.5

–2.2

Increasing

3

9.8

80.7

9.5

Hours Worked

–1.7

–4.5

+2.8

Decreasing

6

8.4

81.5

10.1

Wages and Benefits

27.9

29.9

–2.0

Increasing

124

32.2

63.5

4.3

Input Prices

24.0

30.8

–6.8

Increasing

120

25.9

72.2

1.9

Selling Prices

24.5

23.5

+1.0

Increasing

120

24.5

75.5

0.0

Capital Expenditures

9.5

13.4

–3.9

Increasing

4

17.0

75.5

7.5

Inventories

1.5

–0.5

+2.0

Increasing

1

19.4

62.8

17.9

Companywide Retail Activity

Companywide Sales

26.4

23.4

+3.0

Increasing

121

33.6

59.2

7.2

Companywide Internet Sales

26.3

27.0

–0.7

Increasing

33

28.9

68.4

2.6

General Business Conditions, Retail
Future (six months ahead)
IndicatorApr IndexMar IndexChangeIndicator Direction*Trend** (Months)% Reporting Improved% Reporting
No Change
% Reporting Worsened

Company Outlook

9.2

–0.3

+9.5

Improving

0

18.0

73.2

8.8

General Business Activity

2.5

–6.6

+9.1

Improving

1

12.4

77.7

9.9

*Indicator direction refers to this month's index. If index is positive (negative), indicator is increasing (decreasing) or improving (worsening). If zero, indicator is unchanged.

**Number of months moving in current direction.

†Added to survey in January 2018.

Data have been seasonally adjusted as necessary, with the exception of the outlook uncertainty index which does not yet have a sufficiently long time series to test for seasonality.

Questions regarding the Texas Service Sector Outlook Survey can be addressed to Christopher Slijk at christopher.slijk@dal.frb.org.

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