Business Survey Netherlands; key figures


This table contains information (including uncertainty margins) about the opinion 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 business community. 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. In answering questions relating to developments in the past three months and to expectations for the next three months, entrepreneurs are asked to make a comparison with the preceding three-month period.


Status of the figures: All data are definite.

Data available from: 1st quarter 2016

Changes as of May 15 2020:
The results of the 2nd quarter 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
Figures of the third quarter 2020 are expected to be published at August 13, 2020.

Business Survey Netherlands; key figures

Margins Sector/Branches Periods Turnover and selling pricesTurnover next three months (%) Economic climateEconomic climate next 3 months (%) ProfitabilityProfitability last 3 months (%)
Value All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 2nd quarter 27.6 5.9 3.7
Value All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 3rd quarter 6.8 0.9 7.8
Value All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 4th quarter 15.7 -4.7 -0.4
Value All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 1st quarter 2.0 -1.6 6.1
Value All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 2nd quarter -54.3 -65.5 -27.0
Value A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 2nd quarter 29.7 4.7 -4.3
Value A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 3rd quarter 9.7 4.0 6.1
Value A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 4th quarter -2.6 -17.4 -5.9
Value A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 1st quarter 6.3 -10.5 -9.5
Value A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 2nd quarter -27.4 -59.5 -23.7
Value B Mining and quarrying 2019 2nd quarter -6.1 -18.6 51.6
Value B Mining and quarrying 2019 3rd quarter 26.4 6.0 -15.6
Value B Mining and quarrying 2019 4th quarter 19.4 -4.5 -34.5
Value B Mining and quarrying 2020 1st quarter -9.2 2.5 22.6
Value B Mining and quarrying 2020 2nd quarter -73.9 -51.4 -44.8
Value C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter 13.8 4.0 3.3
Value C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter -2.1 0.5 0.7
Value C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter 14.1 -4.0 -7.2
Value C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter 4.2 -0.5 -0.3
Value C Manufacturing 2020 2nd quarter -50.3 -65.6 -20.2
Value G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 2nd quarter 28.3 4.2 -0.4
Value G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3rd quarter -0.7 0.9 4.6
Value G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 4th quarter 24.9 -2.6 -0.9
Value G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 1st quarter 0.2 1.5 7.7
Value G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 2nd quarter -47.4 -55.8 -18.6
Value H Transportation and storage 2019 2nd quarter 31.4 6.4 -1.4
Value H Transportation and storage 2019 3rd quarter 3.8 1.0 18.3
Value H Transportation and storage 2019 4th quarter 11.2 -0.8 -7.6
Value H Transportation and storage 2020 1st quarter -19.0 -4.0 3.5
Value H Transportation and storage 2020 2nd quarter -62.6 -61.5 -53.3
Value I Accommodation and food serving 2019 2nd quarter 43.1 7.5 1.8
Value I Accommodation and food serving 2019 3rd quarter 12.6 -3.9 11.4
Value I Accommodation and food serving 2019 4th quarter -12.1 -8.4 2.4
Value I Accommodation and food serving 2020 1st quarter -17.4 -6.9 -5.1
Value I Accommodation and food serving 2020 2nd quarter -88.9 -86.4 -78.1
Value J Information and communication 2019 2nd quarter 26.0 9.9 8.2
Value J Information and communication 2019 3rd quarter 17.6 3.0 17.4
Value J Information and communication 2019 4th quarter 32.1 13.4 3.3
Value J Information and communication 2020 1st quarter 16.0 6.9 14.9
Value J Information and communication 2020 2nd quarter -40.6 -50.0 -10.8
Value L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 2nd quarter 9.2 -4.8 1.0
Value L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 3rd quarter 16.1 -4.2 0.0
Value L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 4th quarter 3.7 -3.3 -2.1
Value L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 1st quarter -1.4 0.3 7.7
Value L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 2nd quarter -35.1 -46.9 -0.2
Value M Other specialised business services 2019 2nd quarter 16.6 5.0 5.7
Value M Other specialised business services 2019 3rd quarter -1.7 3.9 6.1
Value M Other specialised business services 2019 4th quarter 26.8 3.6 -2.0
Value M Other specialised business services 2020 1st quarter 17.2 6.0 15.0
Value M Other specialised business services 2020 2nd quarter -62.7 -65.4 -20.9
Value N Renting and other business support 2019 2nd quarter 29.7 9.9 6.6
Value N Renting and other business support 2019 3rd quarter 16.8 5.3 5.6
Value N Renting and other business support 2019 4th quarter 4.1 -4.7 7.4
Value N Renting and other business support 2020 1st quarter 15.0 2.5 4.1
Value N Renting and other business support 2020 2nd quarter -68.7 -77.5 -37.0
Value R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 2nd quarter 11.3 2.1 -0.1
Value R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 3rd quarter -11.7 -0.5 9.5
Value R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 4th quarter 2.2 -9.3 6.3
Value R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 1st quarter -11.3 -0.8 -0.9
Value R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 2nd quarter -82.4 -88.6 -48.3
Value S Other service activities 2019 2nd quarter 1.3 -4.8 -1.9
Value S Other service activities 2019 3rd quarter -2.4 -3.4 -5.2
Value S Other service activities 2019 4th quarter -0.2 -0.6 -7.6
Value S Other service activities 2020 1st quarter 12.6 4.6 6.3
Value S Other service activities 2020 2nd quarter -76.1 -74.4 -40.2
Lower bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 2nd quarter 26.4 5.1 2.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 3rd quarter 5.5 0.1 6.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 4th quarter 14.4 -5.7 -1.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 1st quarter 0.6 -2.6 4.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 2nd quarter -55.8 -66.8 -28.4
Lower bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 2nd quarter 21.7 -1.0 -10.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 3rd quarter 2.8 -1.4 -1.0
Lower bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 4th quarter -11.1 -24.1 -12.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 1st quarter -0.4 -16.5 -16.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 2nd quarter -36.4 -66.1 -31.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2019 2nd quarter -25.1 -34.9 35.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2019 3rd quarter 9.5 1.8 -42.3
Lower bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2019 4th quarter -3.4 -12.0 -54.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2020 1st quarter -22.5 -5.9 1.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2020 2nd quarter -83.8 -64.1 -59.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter 11.8 2.7 1.4
Lower bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter -4.4 -0.9 -1.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter 12.0 -5.5 -9.2
Lower bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter 1.7 -2.1 -3.0
Lower bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2020 2nd quarter -53.0 -67.6 -22.7
Lower bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 2nd quarter 24.8 1.9 -3.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3rd quarter -4.2 -1.2 1.4
Lower bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 4th quarter 21.2 -4.9 -3.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 1st quarter -3.6 -0.9 4.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 2nd quarter -51.4 -59.0 -22.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2019 2nd quarter 27.2 3.2 -6.0
Lower bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2019 3rd quarter -0.5 -1.9 13.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2019 4th quarter 6.1 -4.9 -12.4
Lower bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2020 1st quarter -23.7 -7.3 -1.2
Lower bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2020 2nd quarter -68.5 -67.2 -57.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2019 2nd quarter 36.3 1.6 -4.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2019 3rd quarter 5.6 -9.0 4.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2019 4th quarter -19.6 -13.7 -4.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2020 1st quarter -24.8 -12.6 -12.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2020 2nd quarter -94.3 -91.4 -83.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2019 2nd quarter 21.2 6.7 2.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2019 3rd quarter 12.1 -0.2 12.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2019 4th quarter 27.1 9.9 -1.4
Lower bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2020 1st quarter 9.4 2.1 9.0
Lower bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2020 2nd quarter -47.5 -55.7 -17.1
Lower bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 2nd quarter 1.0 -9.9 -4.7
Lower bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 3rd quarter 8.0 -8.8 -6.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 4th quarter -3.5 -8.5 -8.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 1st quarter -9.6 -4.2 0.1
Lower bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 2nd quarter -45.3 -55.8 -7.7
Lower bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2019 2nd quarter 13.1 2.7 2.3
Lower bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2019 3rd quarter -5.4 1.8 2.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2019 4th quarter 23.2 1.1 -5.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2020 1st quarter 13.0 2.9 11.0
Lower bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2020 2nd quarter -66.4 -68.9 -25.1
Lower bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2019 2nd quarter 26.3 7.4 3.2
Lower bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2019 3rd quarter 13.3 3.2 2.2
Lower bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2019 4th quarter 0.1 -7.6 3.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2020 1st quarter 10.9 -0.7 0.3
Lower bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2020 2nd quarter -72.8 -80.7 -41.3
Lower bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 2nd quarter 4.5 -1.4 -5.3
Lower bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 3rd quarter -18.6 -3.8 3.6
Lower bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 4th quarter -5.4 -13.3 -0.4
Lower bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 1st quarter -18.1 -4.3 -6.8
Lower bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 2nd quarter -87.6 -92.9 -56.0
Lower bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2019 2nd quarter -6.3 -11.1 -8.9
Lower bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2019 3rd quarter -9.3 -9.0 -11.3
Lower bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2019 4th quarter -7.3 -6.3 -14.5
Lower bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2020 1st quarter 4.9 -1.8 -1.2
Lower bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2020 2nd quarter -82.6 -80.5 -48.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 2nd quarter 28.8 6.8 4.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 3rd quarter 8.0 1.7 9.0
Upper bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2019 4th quarter 17.0 -3.8 0.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 1st quarter 3.4 -0.7 7.4
Upper bound 95% confidence interval All enterprises (no finance or energy) 2020 2nd quarter -52.9 -64.3 -25.6
Upper bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 2nd quarter 37.8 10.3 2.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 3rd quarter 16.7 9.3 13.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2019 4th quarter 5.8 -10.8 1.0
Upper bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 1st quarter 13.0 -4.4 -2.4
Upper bound 95% confidence interval A Agriculture, forestry and fishing 2020 2nd quarter -18.3 -52.9 -15.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2019 2nd quarter 12.9 -2.3 67.3
Upper bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2019 3rd quarter 43.3 10.2 11.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2019 4th quarter 42.3 3.0 -14.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2020 1st quarter 4.1 10.9 43.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval B Mining and quarrying 2020 2nd quarter -64.0 -38.8 -30.1
Upper bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2019 2nd quarter 15.9 5.4 5.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2019 3rd quarter 0.2 1.9 2.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2019 4th quarter 16.3 -2.6 -5.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2020 1st quarter 6.7 1.1 2.3
Upper bound 95% confidence interval C Manufacturing 2020 2nd quarter -47.5 -63.7 -17.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 2nd quarter 31.7 6.6 2.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 3rd quarter 2.8 3.1 7.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2019 4th quarter 28.5 -0.3 2.1
Upper bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 1st quarter 4.0 4.0 11.0
Upper bound 95% confidence interval G Wholesale and retail trade 2020 2nd quarter -43.5 -52.5 -14.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2019 2nd quarter 35.7 9.6 3.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2019 3rd quarter 8.1 3.9 22.6
Upper bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2019 4th quarter 16.3 3.4 -2.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2020 1st quarter -14.3 -0.7 8.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval H Transportation and storage 2020 2nd quarter -56.7 -55.7 -48.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2019 2nd quarter 49.8 13.3 8.6
Upper bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2019 3rd quarter 19.7 1.1 18.3
Upper bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2019 4th quarter -4.6 -3.2 9.5
Upper bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2020 1st quarter -10.0 -1.1 2.3
Upper bound 95% confidence interval I Accommodation and food serving 2020 2nd quarter -83.6 -81.4 -72.3
Upper bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2019 2nd quarter 30.7 13.1 13.4
Upper bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2019 3rd quarter 23.1 6.2 22.0
Upper bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2019 4th quarter 37.1 17.0 8.0
Upper bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2020 1st quarter 22.6 11.7 20.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval J Information and communication 2020 2nd quarter -33.7 -44.3 -4.6
Upper bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 2nd quarter 17.4 0.2 6.6
Upper bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 3rd quarter 24.2 0.4 6.5
Upper bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2019 4th quarter 10.9 1.9 4.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 1st quarter 6.9 4.8 15.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval L Renting, buying, selling real estate 2020 2nd quarter -24.9 -37.9 7.4
Upper bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2019 2nd quarter 20.2 7.4 9.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2019 3rd quarter 1.9 6.1 9.4
Upper bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2019 4th quarter 30.4 6.0 1.5
Upper bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2020 1st quarter 21.3 9.0 18.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval M Other specialised business services 2020 2nd quarter -58.9 -61.9 -16.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2019 2nd quarter 33.2 12.3 9.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2019 3rd quarter 20.2 7.3 8.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2019 4th quarter 8.1 -1.7 11.3
Upper bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2020 1st quarter 19.0 5.7 7.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval N Renting and other business support 2020 2nd quarter -64.7 -74.3 -32.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 2nd quarter 18.1 5.5 5.2
Upper bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 3rd quarter -4.8 2.8 15.5
Upper bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2019 4th quarter 9.8 -5.2 13.0
Upper bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 1st quarter -4.5 2.6 4.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval R Culture, sports and recreation 2020 2nd quarter -77.1 -84.4 -40.7
Upper bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2019 2nd quarter 8.9 1.5 5.1
Upper bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2019 3rd quarter 4.5 2.2 0.9
Upper bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2019 4th quarter 6.9 5.2 -0.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2020 1st quarter 20.2 11.0 13.8
Upper bound 95% confidence interval S Other service activities 2020 2nd quarter -69.6 -68.3 -31.6
Source: CBS.
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