Chile Business Confidence January 2018


Chile: Business confidence roars back into positive territory in January

February 4, 2018

The business confidence index (IMCE, Indicador Mensual de Confianza Empresarial) published by ICARE and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez surged from 44.0 points in December to 53.8 points in January, moving into optimistic territory for the first time since March 2014. The rebound in confidence comes hot on the heels of the second round of the presidential elections, which saw business-friendly ex-President Sebastian Piñera return to power.

January’s increase came on the back of marked improvements in sentiment across the board, with the mining and industry sectors returning to positive territory. The commercial sector moved further into positive territory, while firms in the construction sector grew less gloomy, although sentiment in the sector remained broadly pessimistic.

Panelists surveyed for last month’s LatinFocus report expected fixed investment to expand 3.3% in 2018 and 4.0% in 2019.

Author:, Economist

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

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