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Export Managers' Index Q1 2017

The Export Managers' Index (EMI) rose to 58.2 in the first three months of 2017, up from 55.5 at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016. An index figure above 50 indicates that more companies expect an increase in Swedish exports than expect a decrease.

The disparity between the current and forecast continues. The current EMI again rose sharply, up from 53.6 in the fourth quarter to 59.8 -– its highest level since the end of 2013. The forecast EMI (an index based on forward-looking responses) dropped slightly to 56.6, but remains high by historic standards.

The survey revealed increased confidence among Swedish exporters – from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to large firms. However, differences remain between these two groups, with large exporters expressing greater confidence in current export patterns and the latter showing  more optimism about future prospects.

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Date: 14 Feb 2017
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