In the autumn of 2009, manufacturers anticipate they will invest 10 percent less in 2009 than in 2008. The value of their investments is estimated at 7 billion euro. Companies in metal and electrical engineering have invested most: 2 billion euro.
Manufacturers in all sectors of industry expect a decrease. Companies in the petroleum industry are the most pessimistic, they expect to invest 25 percent less than in 2008. With a 4 percent decrease, manufacturers of food, drinks and tobacco anticipate the smallest drop. Companies in metal and electrical engineering industry expect investments to fall by 5 percent in 2009.
Investment spending foreseen for 2010 is much less negative than that in 2009. Manufacturers anticipate a limited decrease of 1 percent. The picture is mixed, though, with some sectors anticipating a rise and others a decrease.
Investments by manufacturing companies (2009 and 2010 are expectations)