Netherlands Business Confidence May 2018


Netherlands: Business confidence jumps in May

May 30, 2018

After two consecutive monthly drops in business confidence, sentiment increased strongly in May and reached the third-highest level in the history of the survey. The index came in at 9.8 in May, which is up from 8.2 in April, and moved further north of the crucial zero-point mark that separates optimism from pessimism among firms. The reading was also well above the long-term average of 0.8 over the past 20 years.

Although firms were more pessimistic about their stock of finished goods, firms’ outlook on future output and order books improved in May. In addition, all sub-sectors have now remained in positive territory for over a year, with firms in the wood and building materials industry the most optimistic in May.

Netherlands Fixed Investment Forecast

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 May 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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