S’pore’s service sector reports 9.5pc drop in Q3

29 November, 2020 12:00 AM printer

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s service sector reported a 9.5 per cent year-on-year drop in receipts in the third quarter of 2020, although receipts improved on a quarterly basis compared to Q2 - the Republic’s “circuit-breaker” period, according to the Singapore Department of Statistics (SingStat) on Friday.

Q3’s performance is a smaller contraction than that seen during Q2’s year-on-year decline of 13.4 per cent, report agencies.

All industries except information and communications services registered lower business receipts on a year-on-year basis, said SingStat. The figure excludes wholesale and retail trade and accommodation and food services.

On a quarter-on-quarter non-seasonally adjusted basis, however, overall business receipts grew 5.4 per cent in Q3, compared to the low base of activities due to “circuit-breaker” measures imposed during Singapore’s partial economic shutdown in April and May.

All industries except financial and insurance reported higher revenue on a quarter-on-quarter basis, SingStat noted.

Among all the categories, recreation and personal services recorded the largest drop of 41.3 per cent in revenue, attributed mainly to the firms in the attractions segment, SingStat said. On a quarterly basis, however, this category surged 137 per cent compared to Q2, when most attractions and sports facilities were closed.

Transport and storage saw the next biggest decline in revenue at 21.6 per cent year on year, largely due to the disruption suffered by the air transport segment during the Covid-19 pandemic. But it saw a quarterly improvement of 3.6 per cent compared to Q2.

Business services took 14 per cent less revenue year on year, but on a quarterly basis, receipts rose 7.2 per cent. Firms in the professional services such as those providing legal services, business and management consultancy services and architectural and engineering services registered lower revenue due to weaker demand for their services, SingStat said.