Business survey Netherlands; quarterly, to sector/branches


This table provides up-to-date information about the opinions held by Dutch entrepreneurs on their achievements, expectations and judgments regarding their business. This panel survey is aimed at gaining insight into the current situation, future development and judgments of Dutch enterprises. As a result it is possible to detect turning points in optimism or pessimism at an early stage, providing an early indication of possible trend changes in the economic activities of Dutch enterprises. Data are broken down by main business activity (SITC 2008). The questions submitted to the entrepreneurs at the beginning of a quarter concern output, turnover, prices, order books, stocks, investments, competitive position, economic climate, staff size and the obstacles they have encountered. In answering the questions relating to developments in the past three months and expectations for the next three months, the entrepreneurs are asked for a comparison with the preceding period of three months.

Data available from: first quarter 2012.

Status of the figures: All figures are definitive.

Changes as of 15 May 2020:
The results for second quarter 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
The results for third quarter 2020 are expected to be published mid-August 2020.

Business survey Netherlands; quarterly, to sector/branches

Sector/branches (SIC 2008) Periods Turnover and selling pricesTurnover next three monthsBalance turnover next three months (%) WorkforceWorkforce next three monthsBalance workforce next three months (%) ProfitabilityProfitability last three months Balance profitability last 3 months (%)
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 2nd quarter 27.6 18.3 3.7
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 3rd quarter 6.8 11.8 7.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 4th quarter 15.7 8.0 -0.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 1st quarter 2.0 9.4 6.1
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 2nd quarter -54.3 -23.4 -27.0
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 2nd quarter 29.7 23.5 -4.3
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 3rd quarter 9.7 10.5 6.1
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 4th quarter -2.6 -5.7 -5.9
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 1st quarter 6.3 12.0 -9.5
A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 2nd quarter -27.4 2.4 -23.7
B Mining and quarrying 2019 2nd quarter -6.1 18.3 51.6
B Mining and quarrying 2019 3rd quarter 26.4 24.7 -15.6
B Mining and quarrying 2019 4th quarter 19.4 0.1 -34.5
B Mining and quarrying 2020 1st quarter -9.2 5.5 22.6
B Mining and quarrying 2020 2nd quarter -73.9 -26.0 -44.8
C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter 13.8 9.8 3.3
C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter -2.1 4.8 0.7
C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter 14.1 3.1 -7.2
C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter 4.2 8.4 -0.3
C Manufacturing 2020 2nd quarter -50.3 -21.4 -20.2
F Construction 2019 2nd quarter 48.0 24.7 12.3
F Construction 2019 3rd quarter 27.1 17.8 14.1
F Construction 2019 4th quarter 16.2 11.6 8.6
F Construction 2020 1st quarter 1.4 7.6 12.2
F Construction 2020 2nd quarter -43.3 -19.5 -14.4
G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 2nd quarter 31.4 18.1 -0.3
G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 3rd quarter 2.5 8.9 8.8
G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2019 4th quarter 15.8 5.4 -1.9
G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2020 1st quarter -7.0 4.9 4.7
G-I Trade, transport, hotels, catering 2020 2nd quarter -57.5 -26.3 -36.0
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 2nd quarter 28.3 15.2 -0.4
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3rd quarter -0.7 11.6 4.6
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 4th quarter 24.9 9.2 -0.9
G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 1st quarter 0.2 9.3 7.7
G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 2nd quarter -47.4 -17.6 -18.6
H Transportation and storage 2019 2nd quarter 31.4 17.0 -1.4
H Transportation and storage 2019 3rd quarter 3.8 4.2 18.3
H Transportation and storage 2019 4th quarter 11.2 5.2 -7.6
H Transportation and storage 2020 1st quarter -19.0 2.6 3.5
H Transportation and storage 2020 2nd quarter -62.6 -29.1 -53.3
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 2nd quarter 43.1 30.6 1.8
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 3rd quarter 12.6 5.5 11.4
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 4th quarter -12.1 -8.7 2.4
I Accommodation and food serving 2020 1st quarter -17.4 -8.6 -5.1
I Accommodation and food serving 2020 2nd quarter -88.9 -55.2 -78.1
J Information and communication 2019 2nd quarter 26.0 16.2 8.2
J Information and communication 2019 3rd quarter 17.6 19.9 17.4
J Information and communication 2019 4th quarter 32.1 17.9 3.3
J Information and communication 2020 1st quarter 16.0 19.6 14.9
J Information and communication 2020 2nd quarter -40.6 -16.2 -10.8
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 2nd quarter 9.2 12.2 1.0
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 3rd quarter 16.1 7.5 0.0
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 4th quarter 3.7 6.1 -2.1
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 1st quarter -1.4 10.2 7.7
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 2nd quarter -35.1 -3.2 -0.2
M-N Business services 2019 2nd quarter 22.8 23.7 6.1
M-N Business services 2019 3rd quarter 7.0 18.6 5.8
M-N Business services 2019 4th quarter 16.1 15.0 2.4
M-N Business services 2020 1st quarter 16.1 17.9 9.9
M-N Business services 2020 2nd quarter -65.5 -26.9 -28.5
M Other specialised business services 2019 2nd quarter 16.6 21.9 5.7
M Other specialised business services 2019 3rd quarter -1.7 21.3 6.1
M Other specialised business services 2019 4th quarter 26.8 17.4 -2.0
M Other specialised business services 2020 1st quarter 17.2 22.0 15.0
M Other specialised business services 2020 2nd quarter -62.7 -19.8 -20.9
N Renting and other business support 2019 2nd quarter 29.7 25.7 6.6
N Renting and other business support 2019 3rd quarter 16.8 15.6 5.6
N Renting and other business support 2019 4th quarter 4.1 12.4 7.4
N Renting and other business support 2020 1st quarter 15.0 13.3 4.1
N Renting and other business support 2020 2nd quarter -68.7 -35.0 -37.0
R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 2nd quarter 11.3 19.2 -0.1
R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 3rd quarter -11.7 12.1 9.5
R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 4th quarter 2.2 7.1 6.3
R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 1st quarter -11.3 14.1 -0.9
R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 2nd quarter -82.4 -38.4 -48.3
S Other service activities 2019 2nd quarter 1.3 5.8 -1.9
S Other service activities 2019 3rd quarter -2.4 -2.0 -5.2
S Other service activities 2019 4th quarter -0.2 -1.4 -7.6
S Other service activities 2020 1st quarter 12.6 0.6 6.3
S Other service activities 2020 2nd quarter -76.1 -37.6 -40.2
Source: CBS.
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