Switzerland Economic Sentiment September 2016


Leading economic indicator inches back up in September

Switzerland’s KOF economic barometer—a leading composite indicator for the Swiss economy forecasting a six-month period—edged up from 99.7 points in August to 101.3 points in September. The indicator is back above its long-term average of 100 points after recording the lowest value since the beginning of the year in August.

The KOF Swiss Economic Institute commented that the improvement came on the back of a better outlook for the manufacturing and consumer good sectors. Within the manufacturing sector, this reflected increased new orders and better sentiment of the business climate. The banking and tourism sectors, as well as the assessment of the future international business environment remained stable.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) expects GDP to expand 1.5% in 2016 and 1.8% in 2017. FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect GDP to expand 1.2% in 2016, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection. For 2017, the panel expects economic growth to accelerate to 1.4%.

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Switzerland Economic Sentiment September 2016

Note: KOF Economic Barometer Indicator.
Source: KOF Swiss Economic Institute.

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