The Companies Survey for the first quarter of 2015 reflects stability in the rate of expansion of business sector activity, as seen in the weighted net balance which remained virtually unchanged (Figure 1 and Table 1). There are negative net balances in some industries, such as hotels, trade and manufacturing. In contrast, net balances are positive in the transport and communications industry and in the services industry. The slowdown in activity during the quarter is seen in domestic sales and in exports. The expectations reported by companies in the current survey are for increased activity at a more accelerated pace, particularly in the trade and services industries.
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