France Business Confidence


Confidence among French firms inches up in August

The monthly business sentiment index published by the National Statistical Institute (INSEE) inched up from July’s 102 points to 103 points in August, which marked the highest value since July 2011. The reading overshot the fall to 101 points that markets had expected. As a consequence, the indicator rests further above the long-term 100-point average, which is the benchmark measure the INSEE uses to distinguish between improving and worsening business expectations.

August’s increase reflected improvements over the previous month in nearly all sub-categories of the index, including firms’ view about general and personal production expectations, with the exception of businesses’ view about their past activity.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment contracting 0.5% in 2015, which is unchanged over the previous month’s estimate. For 2016, the panel sees investment expanding 1.9%.

Author:, Economist

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France Business Confidence August 2015

Note: Value of monthly business sentiment indicator index; long-term avg. at 100.
Source: National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).

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