Netherlands Business Confidence July 2017


Netherlands: Business confidence slips in July

July 28, 2017

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) Dutch manufacturers’ sentiment, which is measured by the producer confidence indicator, recorded a small dip in July and came in at 6.6 points, below the previous month’s 7.2 points. Despite the slip, the indicator remained firmly above the zero-point mark that separates optimism from pessimism. Manufacturers’ sentiment in The Netherlands has remained in optimistic territory since October 2014, and July’s result was firmly above the long-term average of 0.7 points over the past two decades.

The deterioration in manufacturers’ sentiment reflected less positive views primarily regarding future output and order books in the next three months, while their mood regarding the stock of finished products remained virtually unchanged. Nonetheless, all subcomponents of the indicator remained in positive territory while all subsectors remained positive for the eighth consecutive month—manufacturers of wooden and building material were the most optimistic in July.

For 2017, FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 5.1%, which is up 0.6 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2018, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 3.3%.

Author:, Economist

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Netherlands Business Confidence July 2017

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

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