Business confidence; sector/branches

Business confidence; sector/branches

Sectors/Branches Periods Business confidence (%)
All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2021 4th quarter* 19.8
M-N Business services 2021 4th quarter* 20.0
B Mining and quarrying 2021 4th quarter* 22.1
C Manufacturing 2021 4th quarter* 12.3
10-12 Manufacture of food and beverages 2021 4th quarter* 5.8
13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts 2021 4th quarter* 12.4
16+23 Man of wooden and buildingmaterial 2021 4th quarter* 22.8
17-18 Manufacture of paper and printing 2021 4th quarter* 12.3
19-22 Refineries and chemistry 2021 4th quarter* 11.7
24-25 Man. of basic metals and -products 2021 4th quarter* 12.0
26-28 Manufact of electronics, machinery 2021 4th quarter* 24.6
29-30 Transport equipment 2021 4th quarter* 4.0
F Construction 2021 4th quarter* 24.9
G Wholesale and retail trade 2021 4th quarter* 15.9
45+47 Retail sale and car trade 2021 4th quarter* 2.5
45 Sale and repair of motor vehicles 2021 4th quarter* 4.8
46 Wholesale trade (no motor vehicles) 2021 4th quarter* 23.5
47 Retail trade (not in motor vehicles) 2021 4th quarter* 1.9
H Transportation and storage 2021 4th quarter* 20.2
49-96 Total services 2021 4th quarter* 23.3
I Accommodation and food serving 2021 4th quarter* 34.5
J Information and communication 2021 4th quarter* 21.8
L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2021 4th quarter* 4.6
Source: CBS.
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Table description


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 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.

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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.