Business survey Netherlands; quarterly, to sector/branches

Table description


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 November 12, 2021:
The results for fourth quarter 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
The results for first quarter 2022 are expected to be published mid-February 2022.

Description topics

Competitive position
Figures available from March 1994.
The weighted response rates to the quarterly questions:
- 'Has the competitive position of the enterprise on the domestic market improved, remained unchanged or declined in the last three months?'
- 'Has the competitive position of the enterprise on the foreign market within the EU improved, remained unchanged or declined in the last three months?'
- 'Has the competitive position of the enterprise on the foreign market outside the EU improved, remained unchanged or declined in the last three months?'
Dutch market
The weighted response rates to the quarterly question:
- 'Has the competitive position of the enterprise on the domestic market improved, remained unchanged or declined in the last three months?'
Competitive position improved
Weighted response rate of producers who reports that the
the competitive position of the enterprise on the domestic market has improved.
Competitive position remained unchanged
Weighted response rate of producers who reports that the
the competitive position of the enterprise on the domestic market
remained unchanged.
Competitive position declined
Weighted response rate of producers who reports that the
the competitive position of the enterprise on the domestic market has declined.
Not applicable
The weighted response rate of producers who consider that
the competitive position on the domestic market is not relevant for their enterprise plus the weighted response rate of producers who were not asked the question.
Balance competitive position
The weighted response rate of producers reporting that their
competitive position on the domestic market has improved in a
particular quarter minus the rate reporting that their position has
declined. This balance reflects the development of the domestic
competitive position in a particular quarter compared with the previous quarter.