Netherlands Business Confidence September 2016


Business confidence improves in September

The producer confidence indicator, which measures Dutch manufacturers’ sentiment, increased from August’s 1.2 to 3.4 in September, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), thus moving further above the 0-point threshold that separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.

According to the CBS, the improvement reflected that producers had become more positive regarding order books and future output over the next three months but less positive about their stocks of finished products. In terms of specific sectors, producers in the textiles, clothes and leather industry were more optimistic, while producers of transport equipment were more negative.

For 2016, FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 5.6%, which is up 0.7 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2017, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 3.2%.

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Netherlands Business Confidence September 2016

Note: Value of producer confidence indicator index. The 0-point threshold separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.
Source: Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

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