While overall export activity seems to be relatively buoyant, other indicators of domestic performance and employment intentions have weakened (although still do suggest expansion). What is perhaps most surprising about the promising export numbers is that the fieldwork period for this survey was conducted during another negative turning point in the seemingly never-ending euro debt crisis. Greece had just completed inconclusive elections (the fieldwork was completed before the electoral re-run on 17 June), and Bankia, Spain’s fourth biggest bank, required a bailout. But despite the broad export indicators delivering better than expected results, there were other signs in the bigger picture that suggested difficulties for internationally trading firms.