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 15, 2022:
The results for fourth quarter 2022 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
The results for first quarter 2023 are expected to be published mid-February 2023.

Description topics

Turnover and selling prices
The weighted response rates to the questions:
- "Our turnover / marketing in the last three months increased
remained unchanged or decreased? "
- "Our turnover / marketing in the next three months will grow,
remain unchanged or decrease? "
Weighted response rates to the question:
- "Our total turnover will increase in the next year,
remain unchanged or decrease? "
- "Our foreign turnover / marketing in the last three months increased remained unchanged or decreased? "
- "Our foreign turnover will increase over the next three months,
remain unchanged or decrease? "
- "Our foreign turnover will increase in the next year,
remain unchanged or decrease? "
- "Our selling prices / rates over the next three months
will increase, remain unchanged or decrease? ".
Selling prices / rates next three months
Weighted response rates to the question:
- "Our selling prices / rates over the next three months will
increase, remain unchanged or decreasel? "
Selling prices / rates will increase
Weighted response rate of producers who expect selling
prices / rates in the next three months will increase.
Selling prices / rates remain unchanged
Weighted response rate of producers who expect selling prices
/ rates in the next three months will remain unchanged.
Selling prices / rates will decrease
Weighted response rate of producers who expect selling
prices / rates in the next three months will decrease.
Balance selling prices / rates
The weighted response rate of producers who expect a
increase of selling prices / rates, minus the weighted respons rate of
producers who expect a decrease of selling prices / rates.
This balance provides insight into the expected development of selling prices / rates in the next three months.
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.