In April, the National Bank of Belgium's business confidence indicator fell to minus 10.7 points from minus 9.6 points in March, which represents the lowest level since November 2011. The reading defied market expectations, which had estimated the index to improve to minus 9.1 points. The April survey showed that confidence weakened in almost all sub-categories, especially in manufacturing. However, after two consecutive declines, business sentiment improved in the construction sector. At the same time, the Bank's April consumer confidence indicator remained steady at March's minus 12 points. According to the Bank, consumers' prospects about the overall economic situation improved marginally over the previous month, while their expectations about a rise in unemployment deteriorated.
Belgium Economic Sentiment
Forward-looking indicators suggest weak growth
April 24, 2012
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Belgium Economic News
October 21, 2016
The business confidence index produced by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) rose from minus 2.2 points in September to minus 1.8 points in October.
Belgium: Business confidence recovers timidly but consumer confidence deteriorates further in September
September 23, 2016
The business confidence index produced by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) rose from minus 3.1 points in August to minus 2.2 points in September.
September 23, 2016
In July, industrial production increased a seasonally-adjusted 1.9% over the previous month, which was above the 1.2% registered in June and represented a 6-months high.
August 31, 2016
In the second quarter of 2016, GDP increased a seasonally-adjusted 0.5% over the previous quarter, according to comprehensive data released by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) on 31 August.
August 25, 2016
In June, industrial production increased a seasonally-adjusted 2.0% over the previous month, which contrasted the 0.4% contraction in May.