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Netherlands Business Confidence April 2019

Netherlands: Business sentiment improves in April

In April, business confidence rose to 6.7 from 6.1 in March. As a result, the index remained firmly above the neutral zero-point mark separating optimism from pessimism; it also remained handsomely above the long-term average of 1.0 over the past 20 years. The index has been in optimistic territory since October 2014.

The improvement in sentiment was driven by a more upbeat outlook on expected output and stocks of finished goods; however, firms were less optimistic about their order books.

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