Denmark: Business sentiment in the industrial sector improves in February
Business confidence among firms in the industrial sector picked up to minus 4 in February from minus 9 points in January, according to a survey conducted by Denmark’s Statistical Institute. The less pessimistic result was mainly due to firms’ more optimistic view towards output expectations.
Turning to other sectors, sentiment among the construction sector ticked up, the service sector was broadly unchanged, while the retail sector’s outlook worsened in February compared to the previous month.
Looking ahead, an expected slowdown in export growth should weigh on the industrial sector’s production expectations—despite stronger domestic demand conditions. A stronger-than-projected fall in euro area economic growth and the coronavirus pose as downside risks to confidence among firms in the industrial sector.