Business survey Netherlands; quarterly, to size classes


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 the 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 the Dutch enterprises. Data are broken down by main business activities (SIC 2008) and size- classes. 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 of 2012.

Status of the figures: All figures are definitive.

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

When will new figures be published?
Figures on the third quarter 2020 are expected to be published mid August 2020.

Business survey Netherlands; quarterly, to size classes

Sector/Branches (SIC 2008) Size classes Periods Turnover and selling pricesTurnover next three monthsBalance turnover next three months (%) WorkforceWorkforce next three monthsBalance workforce next three months (%) Profitability last three months Balance profitability last 3 months (%)
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 or more employed persons 2019 2nd quarter 27.6 18.3 3.7
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 or more employed persons 2019 3rd quarter 6.8 11.8 7.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 or more employed persons 2019 4th quarter 15.7 8.0 -0.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 or more employed persons 2020 1st quarter 2.0 9.4 6.1
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 or more employed persons 2020 2nd quarter -54.3 -23.4 -27.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 to 19 employed persons 2019 2nd quarter 21.8 15.7 -0.2
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 to 19 employed persons 2019 3rd quarter 3.8 6.8 3.5
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 to 19 employed persons 2019 4th quarter 8.4 3.7 -4.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 to 19 employed persons 2020 1st quarter 0.0 8.1 0.9
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 5 to 19 employed persons 2020 2nd quarter -57.9 -21.8 -32.9
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 20 to 49 employed persons 2019 2nd quarter 26.8 19.8 2.7
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 20 to 49 employed persons 2019 3rd quarter 7.1 12.2 7.9
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 20 to 49 employed persons 2019 4th quarter 13.2 9.1 -0.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 20 to 49 employed persons 2020 1st quarter 5.1 9.0 5.1
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 20 to 49 employed persons 2020 2nd quarter -56.2 -21.0 -27.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 50 to 99 employed persons 2019 2nd quarter 30.2 20.9 3.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 50 to 99 employed persons 2019 3rd quarter 6.7 17.5 9.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 50 to 99 employed persons 2019 4th quarter 19.5 11.3 1.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 50 to 99 employed persons 2020 1st quarter 5.1 14.8 10.7
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 50 to 99 employed persons 2020 2nd quarter -49.9 -20.8 -21.2
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 100 or more employed persons 2019 2nd quarter 31.7 18.4 7.7
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 100 or more employed persons 2019 3rd quarter 9.0 13.1 10.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 100 or more employed persons 2019 4th quarter 21.5 9.4 2.2
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 100 or more employed persons 2020 1st quarter 0.3 8.4 8.9
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 100 or more employed persons 2020 2nd quarter -52.2 -27.2 -24.4
Source: CBS.
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