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SCI Railindex

The business climate in the railway industry

The index is based on approximately 100 reports from representative companies in the global rail industry that assess their current business situation and expectations for the coming six months.

On a quarterly basis, the companies rate their situation as "good" "satisfactory" or "bad" and differentiate their business expectations according to the criteria "favourable", "stable" or "unfavourable".

SCI Global Rail Index II/2020

COVID-19 crisis causes drastic decline of the business climate in the railway industry

The COVID-19 crisis fully reached the global rail industry in the second quarter of 2020. Survey results fell to their lowest level since the beginning of the survey. This is shown by the current SCI RAIL BUSINESS INDEX - a regular survey of top managers in the global rail industry conducted by the consulting firm SCI Verkehr.
The consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and the contact restrictions have severely impacted the rail sector worldwide and led to an exceptional situation as never before. The current challenges in the day-to-day business of railway companies are reflected in the answers of the top managers surveyed - both the assessment of the current business situation and the demand for products and services as well as the expectations of the business situation for the coming six months have dropped significantly. For the entire year 2020, almost 60% of the top managers surveyed expect their incoming orders to fall by between 10 and 40%.

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