Business confidence; sector/branches

Business confidence; sector/branches

Sectors/Branches Periods Business confidence (%)
C Manufacturing 2021 3rd quarter* 12.3
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2021 3rd quarter* 6.6
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2021 3rd quarter* 18.6
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2021 3rd quarter* 18.8
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2021 3rd quarter* 13.7
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2021 3rd quarter* 10.7
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2021 3rd quarter* 23.2
Source: CBS.
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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 August 13, 2021:
The results for third quarter 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
The results for fourth quarter 2021 are expected to be published mid-November 2021.

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Business confidence
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.