Chile Business Confidence September 2022


Chile: Business confidence picks up in September but remains downbeat

October 1, 2022

Business confidence rose to 43.3 in September from August's 40.5. As such, the index remained entrenched below the 50-point threshold, signaling sustained pessimism among businesses.

Looking at the details of September's release, confidence improved in the retail, industrial, construction and mining sectors. Mining sentiment was the most upbeat, likely aided by the rejection of the proposed new constitution which would have increased restrictions on the sector. In contrast, sentiment in the construction sector was the weakest, weighed down by high interest rates.

Panelists surveyed for this month’s LatinFocus report project a 1.0% drop in fixed investment in 2022, which is down 0.6 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2023, they project fixed investment to fall 1.6%.


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Chile Business Confidence September 2022

Note: Business Confidence Index (IMCE, Indicator Mensual de Confianza Empresarial). Values above 50 indicate optimistic perception, below 50 indicate negative perception.
Source: Universidad Adolfo Ibañez/ICARE.

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