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The BTS Sales Index, a Predictive Monthly Metric for Business Leaders, Increases in July

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The
BTS Sales Index
increased by 2.5 points to 107.9 (+2.4%) in July.
The 1,000 companies surveyed for the BTS Sales Index reported an
increase in aggregate revenue of $78 billion, from $3.279 trillion in
June to $3.356 trillion. This is the index's first increase after three
consecutive months of decline.

The Sales Index's increase can be attributed to several factors:

  • Businesses added over 200,000 new jobs in the month of July,
    continuing the trend of strong job growth
  • Healthcare added the majority of new jobs, followed by professional
    services, leisure and hospitality; small business job growth was
    higher than expected
  • Construction spending and manufacturing activity slowed due to tariffs
    and increasing capacity constraints caused by a healthy economy
  • The Fed unanimously voted to keep interest rates unchanged this month,
    although they are expected to raise rates next month and once more
    later this year
  • Consumer confidence is up, but may change amid tariff concerns

What is the BTS Sales Index?

The BTS Sales Index is a simple and predictive monthly metric that gives
leaders the right vantage point by which to view their critical business
decisions.

It represents the aggregate total revenue of the 1,000 largest publicly
traded companies in the U.S. in one easy-to-understand number. Every
month, the total revenue reported by these companies is run through BTS'
custom-built indexing tool. The index uses Q2 2013 numbers as a baseline
based on the quarter's stable economic recovery indicators.

The BTS Sales Index is published in the first week of every month,
reflecting the previous month's data, along with context such as
industry-specific trends and job rates that impact revenue.

Find the BTS Sales Index here.

About BTS

BTS is a global professional services firm headquartered in Stockholm,
Sweden. We focus on the people side of strategy, working with leaders at
all levels to help them make better decisions, convert those decisions
to actions and deliver results. For 30 years, we've designed fun,
powerful experiences that have a lasting impact on people and their
careers. It's strategy made personal.

BTS is a public company trading on the Nasdaq Stockholm under the symbol
BTS B.

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