Netherlands Business Confidence January 2016


Netherlands: Businesses more confident in January

January 28, 2016

The producer confidence indicator, which measures Dutch manufacturers’ sentiment, rose from December’s 3.0 to 3.2 in January, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). As a result, the index rests above the 0-point threshold that separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.

According to the CBS, January’s slight improvement mainly reflected that Dutch producers grew more upbeat about their order books and their stocks of finished products. Conversely, they turned more pessimistic regarding expected activity in the next months.

For 2016, FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see fixed investment growing 3.8%, which is down 0.4 percentage points from last month’s forecast. For 2017, the panel expects fixed investment to expand 3.8%.

Author: Teresa Kersting, Economist

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Netherlands Business Confidence January 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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