Chairman of the Jamaica Conference Board, Andre Gooden, says the State of Public Emergency in western Jamaica may have influenced the results of the latest consumer and business confidence survey.

The findings, which were released yesterday, show that business confidence dipped marginally in the second quarter of this year.

It also shows that due to several socio-economic factors, including crime and the fluctuating exchange rate, Jamaican businesses are growing reluctant to invest and expand their current operations.

Andre Gooden, Chairman of the Jamaica Conference Board.

In the meantime, Managing Director of Market Research Services Limited, Don Anderson, says consumer confidence strengthened in the second quarter of 2019.

Don Anderson, Managing Director of Market Research Services Limited.