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Business Expectations Survey


Assistant Director
Economy Wide Statistics Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10

Telephone: 1800 020 580
Facsimile: 1800 246 303
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au
Internet: www.abs.gov.au


The Business Expectations Survey (BES) is a quarterly survey which provides data on the expectations of businesses in both the short (next three months) and medium terms (the current quarter of the following year) for a range of indicators.


The BES samples businesses in all industries except agriculture, forestry and fishing; general government; and private households. Expectations are provided by respondents as percentage changes between a constant period and two future periods. These data are classified by industry, business size and State or Territory.

Method of collection

Mail questionnaire. The survey conducted for the March quarter 1999 was based on a stratified random sample of approximately 3,000 businesses.

Data detail

Data items available for the energy sectors are expectations for:

  • Operating income
  • Selling prices
  • Profit
  • Capital expenditure
  • Stocks
  • Employment
  • Wage and salary expenses
  • Other labour expenses
  • Other operating expenses
  • Total operating expenses

    Geographic coverage

    Most data at the Australian total level. Some data at State level.

    Frequency of data availability

    Data is available for the quarters ending 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

    Historical data

    Data are available from the December quarter 1993.

    Products and services available


  • Australian Business Expectations (cat. no. 5250.0)

    Other products and services

  • Special data services are available on request

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