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2 Qatar Business Optimism Index Q3 2010 Presented by Dun & Bradstreet Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority

3 The D&B Business Optimism Index is recognized world over as an indicator which ascertains the pulse of the business community Provides insight into the short-term outlook of business units on key business parameters including sales, profits, pricing, headcount and investment Provides analysis of major trends and issues concerning the business community Business Optimism Index

4 Sample of business units representing Qatar’s economy is selected 500 business owners and senior executives across business units are surveyed The Q3 survey was conducted during June 2010 Respondents are questioned about their expectations on relevant business parameters Survey also captures respondent feedback on current business conditions Survey

5 Composite Business Optimism Index The Composite Index is calculated separately for the hydrocarbon and non hydrocarbon sectors Within the non hydrocarbon sector the index is calculated: – for the six individual indices – for the five sub sectors within For the hydrocarbon sector the Composite Index takes into account the aggregate behavior of the three individual indices

6 World Economic Outlook Global economy expected to grow 4.6% in 2010, up from April forecast of 4.2% The US economy registered growth of 2.7% in Q1 2010 as against a revised GDP growth rate of 5.6% in Q4 2009. 2010 growth revised upward to 3.3% The global composite PMI showed expansion (i.e. scoring > 50) for the eleventh consecutive month Source: IMF forecast, Q1 2010 are actual figuresSource: JPMorgan and Markit Global composite manufacturing & services PMIReal GDP (%)

7 Economy of Qatar Qatar’s nominal GDP growth in Q4 2009 over the previous quarter was 9.7%; mining & quarrying sector grew 23.8% Real GDP growth is expected to surge from 8.7% last year to 18.5% in 2010 Higher oil & gas revenues will lead to a surge in current account balance from US$ 14 bn in 2009 to US$ 28 bn in 2010 Quarterly GDP 2009 (QAR mn) Crude oil production Source: OPEC

8 Composite Business Optimism Indices Non Hydrocarbon SectorHydrocarbon Sector Business optimism in the non hydrocarbon sector lifted by improvement in all parameters Surge in hydrocarbon optimism mainly due to an increase in level of selling prices expectation

9 Business Optimism Indices Trend – Non Hydrocarbon Sector

10 Manufacturing Sector The Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index has shown growth for twelve consecutive months Manufacturing sector BOI increase on the back of improvement in hiring outlook BOI for Sales Volume drops but for New Order increases, suggesting mixed demand outlook in the third quarter Global Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index Source: J P Morgan and market economics in association with ISM and IFPSM Manufacturing Sector: Composite Index

11 Construction Sector The global construction sector is witnessing a gradual upturn; sector is evolving as emerging markets continue to drive global recovery Strong demand expected in the construction sector as BOI for Volume of Sales has jumped to 49 as against 26 in previous quarter The BOI for Level of Selling Prices has stayed stable, reflecting recent correction in international commodities market Construction sector: Composite Index

12 Trade & Hospitality Sector Retail sector growth in developed countries likely to remain slow whereas emerging markets are expected to witness rising retail sales in 2010 In Qatar, respondents are optimistic about the sector due to expectations of a huge increase in BOI for level of selling prices which moved to 26 from -5 in Q2 Demand levels are expected to improve modestly Trade & Hospitality sector: Composite Index

13 Transportation & Communication Sector Global transportation sector showing strong signs of revival amid recovery in trade sector and increased passenger traffic Qatar’s transport and communications sector has shown a substantial improvement on the back of strengthening demand and better pricing outlook Transport & Comm. Sector: Composite Index

14 Finance and Business Services Sector The Global Services PMI for the month of May stands at 56.3, showing expansion for the eleventh month in a row Qatar’s finance & business services sector optimism rises on the back of better Selling Price outlook Demand is expected to see modest improvement in third quarter Finance & Business Services sector: Composite IndexGlobal Services Purchasing Managers’ Index Source: JPMorgan and Markit

15 Oil & Gas sector Oil prices fell by 20% to USD 67 from their early May peak of USD 84 on concerns of Euro Zone debt crisis, but have risen since then to average USD 73 in June Qatar’s hydrocarbon sector optimism has improved significantly in the third quarter primarily due to a higher BOI score for level of selling prices Last quarter’s reading on BOI for Level of Selling Prices (-8) for the hydrocarbon sector is validated by the decline witnessed in oil prices during May Hydrocarbon Sector: Composite Index

16 Other Highlights Raw material costs is the leading concern for non hydrocarbon segment, 48% of the respondents have cited it as a factor which might affect their business Availability of finance is a concern for 29% of the business units in non hydrocarbon sector 31% of companies in the non hydrocarbon sector intend to investment in business expansion For 50% of the companies in the hydrocarbon sector project delays could be a major factor which might impact their business in the third quarter

17 Conclusion Business outlook improves in Qatar despite continuing debt troubles in Euro Zone All sub sectors show an improvement in sentiments buoyed by robust demand outlook Transport & logistics sector shows major improvement due to improved demand and consequently profitability outlook Hydrocarbon sector displays surge in optimism levels on the back of expectations of rise in level of selling prices


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