Netherlands Business Confidence


Netherlands: Business confidence moderates again but remains in positive territory in March

March 25, 2015

The producer confidence indicator, which measures Dutch manufacturers’ sentiment, declined from 2.0 points in February to a six-month low of 1.4 points in March, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). This marks the third drop after three consecutive increases. However, the index still remains above the 0-point threshold that separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.

According to the CBS, March’s slight deterioration resulted from the fact that producers were more negative about their future output. Conversely, manufacturers assessed their order books and their stocks of finished products more positively than in the previous month.

For 2015, FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 3.5%, which is down 0.1 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2016, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 2.9%.

Author: Teresa Kersting, Economist

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Netherlands Business Confidence Chart

Netherlands Business Confidence March 2015

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

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