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BTS Sales Index - April 2019 Update

Molly MacLean & Lisa Wayland
April, 2019

We created the BTS Sales Index to give a simple and easy-to-understand predictive monthly metric that gives enterprise leaders the right vantage point by which to view their critical business decisions.

BTS Sales Index April 2019 Update

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BTS Sales Index April 2019:
112.4 (+0.02%)

March 2019* in the Economy

  • Aggregate revenue of BTS 1000 in March increased by $650 million, growing from $3.494 trillion in February to $3.495 trillion in March
  • The Sales Index continued to rise and hit an all-time high in March for the third consecutive month
  • The Labor Department reported 196,00 jobs were added last month, a rebound from February’s low job growth
  • While there was a slow down in manufacturing and retail, health care services job growth continued to surge
  • The unemployment rate did not change month over month and remains at a low 3.8 percent

*the April update is reflective of March 2019 data

Why

Line of business and sales leaders tasked with making strategic decisions don’t have a good measure of confidence when deciding to ramp up production or invest in customer relationships. Quarterly GDP numbers and the S&P 500 paint two different pictures of economic performance, the former too slow to incorporate new data and the latter too likely to overreact to investor sentiment.

We created the BTS Sales Index to give a simple and easy-to-understand predictive monthly metric that gives enterprise leaders the right vantage point by which to view their critical business decisions.

What

The BTS Sales Index represents the aggregate total revenue of the 1,000 largest publically traded companies in the US in one simple to understand number.

How

As mentioned above, the BTS Sales Index is comprised of the total revenue of the largest 1,000 publically traded companies incorporated in the US. Every month, we collect the total revenue reported by these companies and run the data through our custom-built indexing tool. The index uses the total revenue of the BTS 1,000 companies at the end of the second quarter of 2013 as its baseline because the economy showed signs of stable recovery. Unemployment was back to normal rates, housing prices remained steady, and stock prices were back to record levels.

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