Conducted twice a year, the Trade Confidence Index (TCI) survey captures the outlook and opinions of Canadian exporters in five key areas:
1. Domestic sales
2. Export sales
3. Domestic economic conditions
4. World economic conditions
5. International business opportunities
Spring 2016 survey highlights:
The TCI rose for the first time in two years, climbing 2.3 points to 75.1 in Spring 2016 — up from 72.8 in Fall 2015. Following three consecutive surveys that showed declining confidence among Canadian exporters, the overall increase reported in Spring 2016 corresponds to improved outlooks across all five TCI elements.
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In particular, this survey saw a greater number of respondents believing domestic sales, domestic economic conditions and world economic conditions will stay the same or improve over the next six months.