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» Business Confidence Index increased 31 points in Quarter II, 2009

Hanoi, 13 July  2009:  Today, Vietnam World Vest Base  Financial Intelligence Services (WVB FISL) with Petro Vietnam Finance Investment and Consultancy Company (PVFC Invest) jointly announced the WVB-PVFC Invest business confidence index (BCI) for quarter II, 2009.

WVB FISL and PVFC Invest have carried out these surveys on a quarterly basis. The survey participants are the country’s leading enterprises regarding branding, total assets, total revenue, and number of employees across various industries in Vietnam.
This time the survey lasted from 11 June to the first week of July 2009 with the participation of 192 companies across 11 primary sectors and industries of Vietnam. Half of survey participants selected also is Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as representatives of Vietnamese SMEs.

According to the survey result, the BCI is 130 points which represent a 31 point increase compared to last quarter result and a 30 point increase compared to the index base in the first survey in quarter III last year (2008). Based on such index result, most of CEOs, managing directors and business managers are expressing their great confidence in their companies’ revenues and profits over the next 12 months. Their confidence signals a recovery and a positive growth of Vietnam’s economy in the near future.
Here are some key results for the 06 subcomponents of the WVB-PVFC Index QII, 2009:

    • Regarding current economic conditions of Vietnam: 53% survey participants think the overall economic conditions have been improved compared to 12 months ago. Last quarter, only 22% think the same.
    • Regarding economic outlook: 75% believe the overall economic conditions will be better over the next twelve months, increase from 51% in the last quarter. Only about 7% see a worse economic outlook for Vietnam over the upcoming year, a 6% down compared to last quarter.
    • Regarding employment change: 59% expect their employment to increase in the next 12 months, compared with 32% in the quarter I this year. Only 7% are worried that they will have to cut their workforce. Last quarter survey, nearly 17% planned to decrease their employment.
    • Regarding planned fix investment: 34% see no change with their planned investment into fixed assets (nearly the same percentage last quarter) but there are 60% who think their companies will invest more over the next 12 months. Last quarter, only about 46% planned to increase total fixed investment expenditures.
    • Regarding expected revenue growth: 81% give higher projection of sales which indicate a 31% increase compared with last quarter when 50% expected their revenue growth. Only 4% think their sales will be decreased, down from 14% in the last quarter
    • Regarding expected profit growth, 72% think their profits will increase over the next 12 months, increase from 45% in the last quarter. Meanwhile, 7% expect their profits to decline.

In this quarter, topical questions are also asked to find CEOs and business manager’s opinion on the significant issues their companies are facing in Vietnam such as inflation, exchange rate and interest rate. All respondents also trust the government’s key measures to boost consumer demand including reduction of interest rate on consumer and corporate loans, wide dissemination of information about consumer demand stimulus policies. Meanwhile, Interviewees also show their expected interest rate on consumer loan from banks that can help to stimulate domestic consumer demand. Most of them (51%) think the rate should be between 5% and 8% and 16% think it should be lower than 5%.

48% respondents are worried about the depreciation of VND against USD and forecast VND/USD rate will be over 18,000VND/USD by the end of 2009. 43% think the VND/USD rate will be within the range from 17,500 VND to 18,000 VND/USD. Only 3% think of the depreciation of USD against VND and the VND/USD rate will be lower than 17,000 VND/USD at the end of this year.

When asked to forecast about the inflation rate over the next 12 months, 42% think the inflation rate will be between 5% and 10%. 30% think the rate will be between 10% and 15%. Only 9% respondents think the rate will fall below 5% while 6% think of a range from 15% to 20% for the inflation rate.

Survey Result

WVB-PVFCI Business Confidence Index Score- QII/2009:    130
WVB-PVFCI Business Confidence Index Score- QI/2009:      99
WVB-PVFCI Business Confidence Index Score- QIV/2008:    93
WVB-PVFCI Business Confidence Index Score- QIII/2008:    100



Component Name

Component Score (percent)


Current economic conditions



Economic outlook



Expected change in employment



Planned fix investment



Expected revenue growth



Expected profit growth


Respondent breakdown by Sector/Industry                           Respondent breakdown by Ownership






 Transport, shipping, Automobiles & Parts



100% foreign owned


Agri-forestry, Fisheries. Food & Beverages



Joint stock


Real Estates, Construction & materials



Joint venture


Financial services, Bank, Insurance



Limited liabilities


Cosmetics, Chemicals,



Private owned


Textile, footwear





Electronics,  Electrical Equipment





Industrial equipment, Computer & Software Services, telecommunication





Oil & Gas





Health care and education/training





Trade, Tourism , Consumer services






100.00 %




About World Vest Base:
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About PVFC Invest
PetroVietnam Finance Investment and Consultancy Company (PVFC Invest) is the subsidiary of PetroVietnam Finance Company (PVFC). Our main investment priority fields are oil and gas industry, energy, high-end tourism, real – estate, manufacturing... Besides, PVFC Invest’s professional consulting services includes: financial advisory, investment advisory, merge and acquisition. PVFC Invest is proud of 100 employees who obtain in-depth experience, full-understanding about financial market and management from working for domestic and international financial organizations or graduated from privilege universities in Viet Nam and abroad. At present, the Company has more than 500 customers spreading all over the country.
For further information, please visit website: http://www.pvfcinvest.com.vn


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