Netherlands Business Confidence December 2016


Netherlands: Business confidence strengthens in December

December 30, 2016

The producer confidence indicator, which measures Dutch manufacturers’ sentiment, increased from November’s 3.4 to 4.7 in December, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The index therefore hit a five-month high and moved further above the 0-point threshold that separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.

According to the CBS, the improvement reflected producers’ more positive views regarding future output over the next three months as well as about their order books. They were also upbeat about their stocks of finished products. In terms of specific sectors, producers in the wood and construction industry were by far the most optimistic, followed by producers in the textiles, clothes and leather industry.

For 2017, FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 3.5%, which is up 0.3 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2018, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 3.1%.

Author: Massimo Bassetti, Economist

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Netherlands Business Confidence December 2016

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

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