Results of monthly survey on business situation of small and medium-sized enterprises for July 2021


     The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) released today (August 10) the results of the Monthly Survey on Business Situation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) for July 2021.

     The current diffusion index (DI) on business receipts amongst SMEs increased from 45.1 in June 2021 in the contractionary zone to 46.6 in July 2021, whereas the one-month’s ahead (i.e. August 2021) outlook DI on business receipts was 52.0. Analysed by sector, the current DIs on business receipts for many surveyed sectors rose by varying degrees in July 2021 as compared with previous month, particularly for the logistics (from 44.3 to 48.6) and import and export trades (from 43.7 to 47.4). 

     The current DI on new orders for the import and export trades increased from 44.7 in June 2021 to 47.9 in July 2021, whereas the outlook DI on new orders in one month’s time (i.e. August 2021) was 49.0.


     A government spokesman said that business sentiment among SMEs continued to improve in July amid vibrant external demand and the stabilised local epidemic situation. The expected business situation in one month’s time likewise saw a notable improvement, particularly so in the retail trade, logistics and restaurants sectors.

     The spokesman added that the Consumption Voucher Scheme would help stimulate consumption sentiment and lend support to consumption-related sectors. However, the more infectious Delta variant has been raging around the world of late, adding uncertainties over the global economic outlook. It is thus vital for the community to remain vigilant and actively participate in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. The Government will monitor the situation closely. 

Further information

     The Monthly Survey on Business Situation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises aims to provide a quick reference, with minimum time lag, for assessing the short-term business situation faced by SMEs. SMEs covered in this survey refer to establishments with fewer than 50 persons engaged. Respondents were asked to exclude seasonal fluctuations in reporting their views. Based on the views collected from the survey, a set of diffusion indices (including current and outlook diffusion indices) is compiled. A reading above 50 indicates that the business condition is generally favourable, whereas that below 50 indicates otherwise. As for statistics on the business prospects of prominent establishments in Hong Kong, users may refer to the publication entitled “Report on Quarterly Business Tendency Survey” released by the C&SD.

     It should be noted that the results of the survey should be interpreted with care. The survey solicits feedback from a panel sample of about 600 SMEs each month and the survey findings are thus subject to sample size constraint. Views collected from the survey refer only to those of respondents on their own establishments rather than those on the respective sectors they are engaged in. Besides, in this type of opinion survey on expected business situation, the views collected in the survey are affected by the events in the community occurring around the time of enumeration, and it is difficult to establish precisely the extent to which respondents’ perception of the business situation accords with the underlying trends. For this survey, main bulk of the data were collected in the last week of the reference month. 

     More detailed statistics are given in the “Report on Monthly Survey on the Business Situation of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises”. Users can download the publication at the website of the C&SD (

     Users who have enquiries about the survey results may contact Industrial Production Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 3903 7246; email: