Business confidence; sector/branches


Business confidence is a sentiment indicator for the Dutch private sector, which indicates the direction in which the Dutch economy (gross domestic product, GDP) is expected to develop. When assessing the results, it can be assumed that the more optimistic or pessimistic the entrepreneurs are, the more the value of business confidence will deviate positively or negatively from the zero line and the greater the expectation is that the development of GDP will increase or decrease in the coming months. Business confidence in the total Dutch private sector is a weighted average of the confidence indicators of the underlying sectors/industries, which together form a representative reflection of the Dutch business community from a economic vieuwpoint. In addition to the quarterly series of business confidence, confidence indicators are also available on a monthly basis for the manufacturing industry and some underlying industries. These are published in a separate table under the name Producer confidence; sentiment indicator of manufacturing industry, branches. The results for the months of January, April, July and October correspond with the indicators manufacturing industry of Business confidence in quarters 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

Data available from: 4th quarter 2008

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

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

Business confidence; sector/branches

Sectors/Branches Periods Business confidence (%)
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2018 2nd quarter 14.2
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2018 3rd quarter 15.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2018 4th quarter 13.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 1st quarter 10.6
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 2nd quarter 12.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 3rd quarter 10.6
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 4th quarter 6.6
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 1st quarter 6.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 2nd quarter* -37.2
M-N Business services 2018 2nd quarter 17.4
M-N Business services 2018 3rd quarter 20.2
M-N Business services 2018 4th quarter 16.4
M-N Business services 2019 1st quarter 17.1
M-N Business services 2019 2nd quarter 13.0
M-N Business services 2019 3rd quarter 15.3
M-N Business services 2019 4th quarter 7.4
M-N Business services 2020 1st quarter 9.7
M-N Business services 2020 2nd quarter* -40.3
B Mining and quarrying 2018 2nd quarter -13.9
B Mining and quarrying 2018 3rd quarter -20.5
B Mining and quarrying 2018 4th quarter -14.4
B Mining and quarrying 2019 1st quarter 4.4
B Mining and quarrying 2019 2nd quarter -1.0
B Mining and quarrying 2019 3rd quarter 8.9
B Mining and quarrying 2019 4th quarter -8.5
B Mining and quarrying 2020 1st quarter -10.6
B Mining and quarrying 2020 2nd quarter* -42.0
C Manufacturing 2018 2nd quarter 8.2
C Manufacturing 2018 3rd quarter 6.3
C Manufacturing 2018 4th quarter 5.9
C Manufacturing 2019 1st quarter 5.8
C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter 6.7
C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter 3.9
C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter 3.6
C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter 2.5
C Manufacturing 2020 2nd quarter* -28.7
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2018 2nd quarter 8.0
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2018 3rd quarter 2.5
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2018 4th quarter 6.0
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 1st quarter 7.4
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 2nd quarter 4.0
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 3rd quarter 5.4
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2019 4th quarter 4.5
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2020 1st quarter 8.5
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2020 2nd quarter* -18.3
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2018 2nd quarter 19.6
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2018 3rd quarter 9.6
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2018 4th quarter 7.2
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 1st quarter 11.0
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 2nd quarter 16.4
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 3rd quarter 13.0
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2019 4th quarter 11.6
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2020 1st quarter 7.3
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2020 2nd quarter* -38.9
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2018 2nd quarter 24.0
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2018 3rd quarter 21.1
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2018 4th quarter 16.2
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 1st quarter 21.6
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 2nd quarter 10.7
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 3rd quarter 7.4
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2019 4th quarter 14.4
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2020 1st quarter 2.1
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2020 2nd quarter* -25.2
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2018 2nd quarter 10.7
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2018 3rd quarter 8.1
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2018 4th quarter 6.2
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 1st quarter 5.6
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 2nd quarter 5.3
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 3rd quarter 3.9
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2019 4th quarter 9.9
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2020 1st quarter 9.9
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2020 2nd quarter* -20.7
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2018 2nd quarter 5.8
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2018 3rd quarter 8.7
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2018 4th quarter 2.4
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2019 1st quarter 2.2
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2019 2nd quarter 5.5
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2019 3rd quarter 3.3
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2019 4th quarter 2.4
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2020 1st quarter 1.2
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2020 2nd quarter* -25.3
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2018 2nd quarter 6.9
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2018 3rd quarter 5.0
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2018 4th quarter 6.5
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 1st quarter 0.6
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 2nd quarter 9.1
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 3rd quarter 4.4
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2019 4th quarter 1.2
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2020 1st quarter 3.8
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2020 2nd quarter* -32.7
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2018 2nd quarter 6.4
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2018 3rd quarter 5.0
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2018 4th quarter 10.0
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 1st quarter 10.3
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 2nd quarter 11.4
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 3rd quarter 6.0
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2019 4th quarter 5.4
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2020 1st quarter 0.3
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2020 2nd quarter* -27.1
29-30 Transport equipment 2018 2nd quarter 17.3
29-30 Transport equipment 2018 3rd quarter 8.8
29-30 Transport equipment 2018 4th quarter 1.1
29-30 Transport equipment 2019 1st quarter 4.3
29-30 Transport equipment 2019 2nd quarter -3.9
29-30 Transport equipment 2019 3rd quarter -5.7
29-30 Transport equipment 2019 4th quarter -6.2
29-30 Transport equipment 2020 1st quarter -11.1
29-30 Transport equipment 2020 2nd quarter* -46.0
F Construction 2018 2nd quarter 27.1
F Construction 2018 3rd quarter 32.5
F Construction 2018 4th quarter 33.3
F Construction 2019 1st quarter 31.2
F Construction 2019 2nd quarter 27.8
F Construction 2019 3rd quarter 20.6
F Construction 2019 4th quarter 15.3
F Construction 2020 1st quarter 13.6
F Construction 2020 2nd quarter* -10.6
G Wholesale and retail trade 2018 2nd quarter 17.8
G Wholesale and retail trade 2018 3rd quarter 20.0
G Wholesale and retail trade 2018 4th quarter 15.9
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 1st quarter 11.8
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 2nd quarter 10.7
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3rd quarter 10.9
G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 4th quarter 8.5
G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 1st quarter 8.8
G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 2nd quarter* -28.4
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2018 2nd quarter 4.1
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2018 3rd quarter 5.8
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2018 4th quarter 11.2
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2019 1st quarter 5.5
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2019 2nd quarter 5.6
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2019 3rd quarter 7.3
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2019 4th quarter 4.4
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2020 1st quarter 3.0
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2020 2nd quarter* -18.9
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2018 2nd quarter 6.7
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2018 3rd quarter -0.8
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2018 4th quarter 2.7
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2019 1st quarter -5.1
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2019 2nd quarter -5.3
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2019 3rd quarter -12.7
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2019 4th quarter -7.2
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2020 1st quarter -7.6
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2020 2nd quarter* -46.9
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2018 2nd quarter 25.3
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2018 3rd quarter 27.8
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2018 4th quarter 18.4
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2019 1st quarter 15.3
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2019 2nd quarter 13.4
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2019 3rd quarter 12.9
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2019 4th quarter 10.8
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2020 1st quarter 12.3
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2020 2nd quarter* -34.0
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2018 2nd quarter 2.4
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2018 3rd quarter 8.6
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2018 4th quarter 12.6
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2019 1st quarter 4.9
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2019 2nd quarter 10.9
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2019 3rd quarter 7.6
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2019 4th quarter 12.9
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2020 1st quarter 5.7
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2020 2nd quarter* -12.8
H Transportation and storage 2018 2nd quarter 9.1
H Transportation and storage 2018 3rd quarter 7.6
H Transportation and storage 2018 4th quarter 8.3
H Transportation and storage 2019 1st quarter -0.2
H Transportation and storage 2019 2nd quarter 8.4
H Transportation and storage 2019 3rd quarter 10.3
H Transportation and storage 2019 4th quarter 0.0
H Transportation and storage 2020 1st quarter 1.6
H Transportation and storage 2020 2nd quarter* -50.1
I Accommodation and food serving 2018 2nd quarter 12.0
I Accommodation and food serving 2018 3rd quarter 12.3
I Accommodation and food serving 2018 4th quarter 11.2
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 1st quarter 11.9
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 2nd quarter 8.6
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 3rd quarter 7.4
I Accommodation and food serving 2019 4th quarter 1.9
I Accommodation and food serving 2020 1st quarter 0.2
I Accommodation and food serving 2020 2nd quarter* -84.3
J Information and communication 2018 2nd quarter 21.3
J Information and communication 2018 3rd quarter 24.6
J Information and communication 2018 4th quarter 16.4
J Information and communication 2019 1st quarter 13.7
J Information and communication 2019 2nd quarter 17.9
J Information and communication 2019 3rd quarter 25.0
J Information and communication 2019 4th quarter 9.5
J Information and communication 2020 1st quarter 10.5
J Information and communication 2020 2nd quarter* -22.1
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2018 2nd quarter 10.5
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2018 3rd quarter 6.7
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2018 4th quarter 1.0
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 1st quarter 3.5
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 2nd quarter 7.2
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 3rd quarter 1.5
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 4th quarter 2.8
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 1st quarter 7.4
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 2nd quarter* -20.2
Source: CBS.
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