Investments up in January

20/03/2017 15:00
Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 6.4 percent up in January 2017 relative to the same month last year. In December, investments had declined by 9.5 percent. CBS releases figures on investments around the 15th working day of each month.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. January 2017 has two working days more than January 2016. According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands is more favourable in March than in January.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
y
-14,9
-12,3
-8,6
-10
-13,2
-4,3
-4,7
-3,7
2,2
0,4
13,5
2,5
8,2
-0,9
4,4
-2,7
-4
4,2
-6,3
0,8
9
1,9
-0,5
8,5
6,5
17,7
10,2
9,7
24,2
10,6
15,2
10,9
2,5
12,4
18,6
6,9
20,3
3,4
10,5
6,5
9,8
6,8
9,8
9,5
1,1
0,8
-9,5
6,4

More investments in means of transport and machines

Investments in passenger cars were considerably higher in January than in the same month one year previously. This is mainly due to a very low level of investments in cars in January 2016. In January 2017, investments in machines, lorries and delivery vans were also up year-on-year. Investments in residential property also increased, but to a lesser extent than in the previous six months. Investments in infrastructure, on the other hand, declined.

Investment climate more favourable in March

According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands is more favourable in March than in January. This is mainly because Dutch manufacturers were more positive about their order positions, consumer confidence increased and the development of Dutch share prices was more favourable relative to one year previously.

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

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