The Monthly Economic Report for March dropped on Friday and contains all the usual fun data to peruse. This is the first MER since CCP Quant left the company, so we get to blame any errors on the new minder of the report, CCP Larrikin. (We’ll get to that.)
Going down the usual path I want to look at mining first.
Mining value was up in Delve by almost a trillion ISK. This came in the face of sagging mineral prices in the market overall.
That means that there was just more mining going on in Delve, likely related to the ever expanding moon mining operations in the region, all of which left Delve at the top of the stack again.
Of note are the rather static month over month value of Querious. I was wondering if that might go up due to Locust Fleet, the attempt to mine out all of the moon mining operations in a single day. Perhaps that did not go as well as planned. I heard it was of to a rough start, but did well enough to carry on again this month, running yesterday. We’ll look back again next month to see if that raises Querious.
Also of note are the falling mining output numbers for Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein, regions in the north that have been hunted by several Imperium SIGs. They are all down noticeably over last month, more so than the dip in prices would explain. With the departure of Pandemic Horde for Geminate, the Guardians of the Galaxy coalition has pretty much ceded the staging systems being used against them and has adopted a defensive posture, allowing the Imperium to do its fighting on their home turf, inhibiting mining and ratting operations in those regions.
And since we’re on about that, I might as well move to NPC bounty payouts where, as expected, Delve remains at the top.
The change is moderate, up about a trillion ISK for Delve… what a world when that much ISK is a moderate change… so holds its place in the stack ranking.
As noted above, the regions in the north being stalked by Imperium forces saw some impact. Deklein, once number three on the list, fell back to fifth, having shed nearly a trillion ISK from its 3.6 trillion ISK February number. In this case a trillion ISK represents more than a 25% drop. Likewise, Fade saw a significant drop, while Pure Blind wasn’t hurt too bad, but its February number wasn’t that hot to begin with.
As usual, null sec remained the prime recipient of NPC bounties, with its percentage dropping a bit, from 93.3% last month to 93.1% this month.
Overall however bounties saw a noticeable dip on the sinks and faucets chart during March, though it recovered somewhat by the end of the month.
I am not sure what was going on during that part of the month, but overall NPC bounties are down some.
On the production front Delve saw a huge surge in March, jumping from 29 trillion ISK in value in February to just past 40 trillion ISK last month.
This surge managed to push Delve past The Forge, the region that is home to Jita, in total production value.
That is quite an accomplishment but, as I have noted in the past, Jita sits at the intersection of three regions, The Forge, Lonetrek, and The Citadel, so production centered on the marked hub of New Eden still exceeds Delve overall. Still, the Imperium is building a lot of stuff as The Mittani encourages people to train into titans.
On the trade value front The Forge remains dominate. There is a reason manufacturing is clustered around there, it is the place to sell things.
The dominance of The Forge and its Jita market nexus is made starkly clear by the bar graph.
The next two contenders, Domain, home to Amarr, and Delve, fade in comparison to such an extent that CCP provides the same graph without The Forge every month, just so you can see how the rest of New Eden compares.
There you can see how the other regions compare to each other when the shadow of The Forge is removed.
This month we got an additional insight into trade when CCP Larrikin added charts about the value of contract transactions per region. Unfortunately, the main chart appears to have problems. It is not labelled correctly (it just says trade value by regions) and the number for The Forge is clearly wrong. (Blame assigned.) However, the accompanying bar chart appears to be correct both in labeling and data, so I will toss that in.
Here The Forge is still on top, but Delve is not too far behind. This is likely due to the fact that doctrine ships are generally purchased by line members assembled and loaded via contract and because capital and super capital purchases are also often done by contract.
Finally, I will end on the usual chart, the comparison of various stats across key regions.
Things to look for next month:
- Will Fade, Pure Blind, and Deklein remain down?
- Will the Space Violence SIG showing up in the north push them down further?
- Will the “Bee Control” attacks on Delve suppress its numbers?
- Will the Locust Fleet boost Querious mining?
- Will Delve production remain this high?
- Am I going to have to bring up Fountain at some point?
Anyway, that is my look at the New Eden Monthly Economic Report. The report itself has many more charts and the raw data on which they were based, so if numbers are your thing you should go take a look. Over at INN they have taken the raw data and rolled a few of their own graphs, if you want to see some of the data presented in a different way.