Growth investments slows down

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets grew by 3.6 percent in March 2016 relative to March 2015. The increase is less substantial than in the preceding month. The slowdown in investments in March is mainly due to the fact that, apart from investments in residential property, investments in aircraft also grew significantly in February.

Investment data are not adjusted for calendar effects. The number of working days was the same in March 2016 and as in March 2015. According to Statistics Netherlands’ Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands is slightly more positive in May than in March.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
 % change
2012 A-11.3
2012 M-11.7
2012 J3.3
2012 J-7.6
2012 A-5.5
2012 S-11.6
2012 O-8
2012 N-9.1
2012 D-10.8
2013 J-13.1
2013 F-14.7
2013 M-12.5
2013 A-8.1
2013 M-9.5
2013 J-13.8
2013 J-4.4
2013 A-4.7
2013 S-3.8
2013 O2.7
2013 N0.7
2013 D14.2
2014 J3.1
2014 F8
2014 M-1.3
2014 A4.8
2014 M-1.9
2014 J-2.8
2014 J5.2
2014 A-5.3
2014 S1.5
2014 O7.5
2014 N1.6
2014 D-0.4
2015 J8.6
2015 F6.8
2015 M18.3
2015 A10.3
2015 M9.9
2015 J25
2015 J11.9
2015 A15.3
2015 S12
2015 O4.4
2015 N13.5
2015 D18.3
2016 J5.1
2016 F17.1
2016 M3.6

Investments in residential property up

Higher investments in residential property almost entirely accounted for the investment increase in March. Investments in cars and other modes of road transport also grew, but investments in machinery were marginally down.

Investment climate slightly more favourable in May

According to Statistics Netherlands’ Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands has improved slightly in May compared to March. The situation on the sales markets and on the financial markets is a relevant factor for the investment climate in general. The Investment Radar shows that consumer confidence improved in May relative to March.

The numbers in this publication are provisional and can be adjusted.

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