The Netherlands one of the most important cargo gateways in Europe has benefited from increased global trade and robust growth in core Europe. However, with exports already above pre-crisis levels, the external sector is unlikely to further boost growth in quarters ahead. In April, exports grew 11.4% in nominal terms over the same month last year, which was below the 12.0% expansion tallied in March and marked the fourth consecutive month of slower growth rates. The sustained deceleration partly reflects the waning of a favourable base effect, which coupled with weaker growth prospects around the world, is likely to prevent exports from accelerating in the near term. Despite the slowdown, export growth is still strong at the current level. However, an important part of exports are the so-called re-exports, which are imports upon which little or no value is added. Therefore, strong export growth does not necessarily imply a strong recovery in domestic economic activity. In fact, recent data suggest that the manufacturing sector is losing steam. In April, industrial production contracted a working-day adjusted 0.8% in April over the same month last year, which represents the slowest pace since November 2009. Moreover, business confidence dropped for the third month in a row from 3.1 points in May to 2.0 points in June, suggesting that investment will decelerate in the months ahead.
Manufacturing sector shows signs of losing steam
July 3, 2011
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Netherlands Economic News
October 20, 2016
Dutch consumer sentiment rose markedly in October.
October 3, 2016
The NEVI Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), produced by IHS Markit and NEVI, decreased marginally from 53.5 in August to 53.4 in September.
September 29, 2016
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.
September 23, 2016
Dutch economic growth held steady in the second quarter of the year on the back of robust fixed investment, while lackluster performance in the external sector and subdued household and government consumption dragged on the overall result.
September 20, 2016
Dutch consumer sentiment improved notably in September.