France Business Confidence March 2016


France: Business sentiment slips in March

March 24, 2016

According to the INSSE business climate survey, the business confidence indicator dropped in March from February’s 103 points to 101 points, which marked the lowest result in nine months. Thus, the indicator moved closer to the long-term 100-point average, which is the benchmark measure the INSEE uses to distinguish between improving and worsening business expectations.

According to the INSEE, the result came on the back of businesses’ more pessimistic assessment regarding four of the five components of the index, including global order books and past activity.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 1.9% in 2016, which is up 0.1 percentage points over the previous month’s estimate. For 2017, the panel sees investment expanding 2.1%.

Author: Jean-Philippe Pourcelot, Economist

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France Business Confidence March 2016

Note: Value of monthly business sentiment indicator index; long-term avg. at 100.
Source: National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE).

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