Business confidence in the Netherlands, total non-financial private sector
Positive expectations for 2017For next year, the Dutch private sector is expecting higher turnover, higher investments and employment growth. On balance, almost 30 percent of Dutch entrepreneurs expect turnover to be higher than this year, with projections for export turnover are also favourable.
Internal business developments are also expected to be positive. On balance, 11 percent of entrepreneurs expect to increase their workforce in 2017. The highest staff increase on balance is expected by business owners in the construction sector: 29 percent. In wholesale trade and the information and communication sector, 17 percent of entrepreneurs are looking to add manpower.
In 2017 investment expenditures will go up according to 8 percent of entrepreneurs on balance. The largest share of entrepreneurs with a positive investment outlook is in the real estate sector, 18 percent on balance. The share of optimistic business owners is also above average in the sectors construction and transportation and storage.
Dutch entrepreneurs\' expectations for 2017