Business survey Netherlands, quarterly, seasonally adjusted

Business survey Netherlands, quarterly, seasonally adjusted

Sector/Branches (SIC 2008) Seasonal adjustment Periods Production / activity next three months (%) Turnover next three months (%) Foreign turnover next three months (%) Selling prices / rates next three months (%) Workforce next three months (%) Economic climate last three months (%) Profitability last three months (%)
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Original, unadjusted data 2019 3rd quarter 8.6 6.8 4.4 8.9 11.8 2.3 7.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Original, unadjusted data 2019 4th quarter 13.1 15.7 7.7 11.2 8.0 -5.6 -0.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Original, unadjusted data 2020 1st quarter 5.5 2.0 2.8 26.6 9.4 -1.6 6.1
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Original, unadjusted data 2020 2nd quarter* -51.4 -54.3 -35.0 -6.8 -23.4 -35.7 -27.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Original, unadjusted data 2020 3rd quarter* 1.3 1.0 -1.0 0.5 -3.8 -38.8 -33.4
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Seasonally and working day adjusted data 2019 3rd quarter 16.2 14.9 7.9 13.3 11.4 1.9 7.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Seasonally and working day adjusted data 2019 4th quarter 6.8 7.5 3.5 11.4 9.4 -4.8 2.0
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Seasonally and working day adjusted data 2020 1st quarter 11.1 10.8 5.1 17.8 11.9 -2.2 1.8
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Seasonally and working day adjusted data 2020 2nd quarter* -58.5 -64.0 -37.7 -3.5 -27.1 -34.8 -25.3
All enterprises (no finance or energy) Seasonally and working day adjusted data 2020 3rd quarter* 8.1 8.2 2.6 5.0 -4.1 -40.1 -34.1
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains seasonally corrected information about the opinions of Dutch entrepreneurs about developments, expectations and judgments regarding their business. By means of a panel study insight is gained into the current situation, the future development and the judgments of the Dutch businesses. As a result, it is possible to signal changes in optimism or pessimism at an early stage and thus to obtain an early indication of a possible trend change in the economic activities of the Dutch business community. The data can be broken down into business activities according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2008). The questions submitted to the entrepreneurs relate among other things to production, turnover, prices, staff size, economic climate and profitability.

Data available from: 1st quarter 2016

Changes as of August 13, 2020:
The results of the 3rd quarter 2020 have been added.

With seasonal adjustments results of a certain period will be compared to the trend during that period. The corrections are based on several previous years and then will be added up or subtracted in the current year. It is even possible that these corrections lead to absolute values of the Business survey above 100. This doesn’t mean every entrepreneur is optimistic or pessimistic. To prevent any misconception, these values are removed.
For models or scientific research, the following numbers can be used:
2020 2nd quarter, 13-15 Man. of textile-, leatherproducts, Turnover next three months: -99,7
2020 2nd quarter, I Accommodation and food serving, Turnover next three months: -116,7

When will new figures be published?
Figures of the fourth quarter 2020 are expected to be published mid November, 2020.

Description topics

Production / activity next three months
The weighted response rate of producers who expect an increase in
production / activity minus the weighted response rate of producers
who expect a decrease in production / activity. This balance shows
the direction in which the production / activity in the next three
months is expected to develop.
Turnover next three months
The weighted response rate of producers with an expected increase in turnover minus the weighted response rate of producers with an expected decrease in turnover. This balance shows the expected development of turnover in the next three months.
Foreign turnover next three months
The weighted response rate of producers with an expected increase in foreign turnover minus the weighted response rate of producers with an expected decrease in foreign turnover. This balance shows the expected development of foreign turnover in the next three months.
Selling prices / rates next three months
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.
Workforce next three months
The weighted response rate of producers with an expected
increase in staff strength minus the weighted response rate of producers with an expected decrease in staff strength in the next three months.
This balance provides insight into the development of staff strength in the next three months.
Economic climate last three months
The weighted response rate of producers indicating that
the economic climate (business situation) in the last three months has improved minus the weighted response rate that it has declined.
This balance represents the development of the economic climate (business situation) over the last three months compared with the previous three months.
Profitability last three months
The weighted response rate of producers indicating that
the profitability in the last three months has improved minus the
weighted response rate that it has declined.
This balance represents the development of the profitability over
the last three months compared with the previous three months.