September Business Outlook Survey (BOS) shows

 that businesses remain upbeat about their performance outlook. In the first month of fall, businesses remained upbeat about their performance outlook on the back of robust consumer demand, a favorable external environment, and ongoing growth in investment activity. In September 2021, the index was 53.1, down from 53.4 in August. Trading companies expressed the most optimistic views about their performance outlook, as the sector’s index moved to 56.1 in September, up from 51.1 in August. Industrial companies have been upbeat