Netherlands Business Confidence March 2018


Netherlands: Business confidence continues to moderate going into the second quarter

April 27, 2018

In April, business confidence in the Dutch manufacturing sector recorded a second consecutive drop, with sentiment decreasing from 9.5 in March to 8.2—the lowest reading since October 2017. However, confidence among firms remained firmly above the crucial zero-point mark that separates optimism from pessimism; it also stayed well-anchored above the long-term average of 0.8 over the past 20 years.

Manufacturers have remained optimistic for the 17th consecutive month, and all sub-indicators remained elevated in April. Nonetheless, firms’ view on output expectations and their stock of finished products decreased from the prior month. All sub-branches of the manufacturing sector remained optimistic, with producers in the wood and building materials sub-sector being the most upbeat.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 3.9% in 2018, which is down 0.4 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2019, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 3.1%.

Author:, Economist

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Netherlands Business Confidence April 2018

Note: Value of producer confidence indicator index. The 0-point threshold separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.
Source: Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

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