REGIONAL & INDUSTRY PROFILES
We are reaching a point of global divergence: One set of countries and industries has embraced the need for Business English proficiency as requisite to function efficiently and compete in the global economy, and another set of countries and industries is destined to be left behind and lag for decades to come. The urgency to ensure membership in the leading group has never been greater.
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SUMMARY OF BEI RESULTS BY COUNTRY

The Philippines (7.95) earned the top BEI score for the second year in a row. Norway (7.06) improved significantly, while the Netherlands also scored above 7.0, marking the first time that three countries attained this level of intermediate proficiency.

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While there was some consistency in regional scores from 2012, there was significant variation among the BRIC nations. Russia (3.95) and Brazil (3.27) reported a low Business English proficiency, while China (5.03) fell just short of the U.S. (5.23). Overall, India (6.32) led the pack, with a score close to the highest performers. Latin American countries continue to report low BEI scores, with an average of 3.38.

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SUMMARY OF BEI RESULTS BY INDUSTRY

Among industry sectors, the Aerospace sector (6.63) continues to lead and improved significantly (up from 5.29 in 2012). Professional Services (6.22), Technology (5.72) and Financial Services (4.93) round out the top-performing industries. Although all four of these sectors improved their scores over last year, Financial Services increased the least and slipped to fourth position behind the Technology sector, which clearly has a renewed emphasis on Business English proficiency, as it claimed the third spot after failing to crack the top five in the prior year.