Czech Republic Economic Sentiment

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Economic sentiment continues to moderate in August

The economic sentiment indicator published by the Czech Statistics Office (CSO) inched down from July’s 96.1 points to 95.7 points in August. August’s reading represented a second consecutive moderation; in June, economic sentiment had reached the highest level in nearly seven years. August’s setback was driven by the fact that businesses were slightly less confident, while confidence among consumer was unchanged. As a result, the index moved slightly further below its 100-point long-term average.

Business sentiment inched down from July’s 94.6 points to 94.2 points in August. The decrease was driven by weakening confidence in the industry and trade sectors. Conversely, confidence in the construction sector was unchanged and the services sector grew more confident in August.

Consumer confidence rested at July’s 103.6 points in August, reflecting that consumers’ assessment of the overall economic situation and their savings capacity as well as their expectations of their own financial situation and the development of unemployment were broadly unchanged compared to July.

FocusEconomics panelists expect private consumption to expand 2.7% in 2015, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2016, the panel sees private consumption growing 2.5%. Panelists see fixed investment increasing 4.2% in 2015, which is down 0.6 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2016, panelists expect fixed investment to expand 3.9%.

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Czech Republic Economic Sentiment August 2015

Note: The Economic Sentiment Indicator is in compliance with the EU methodology presented as a weighted average of confidence indicators in industry, construction, trade, selected services and the consumer confidence indicator. Average of 2005 = 100.
Source: Czech Statistical Office (CSO).

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