Investments nearly 5 percent up in March

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.9 percent up in March 2018 relative to the same month last year. This is mainly due to higher investments in airplanes, passenger cars and machines. The growth in March was slightly more substantial than in February, when investments in airplanes were considerably lower than in February 2017.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. March 2018 has one working day less than March 2017. According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands in May is slightly less favourable than in March.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume) (year-on-year % change)
   % change
2014A4.4
M-2.7
J-4
J4.1
A-6.3
S0.8
O9.1
N2
D-0.4
2015J8.6
F6.6
M17.7
A10.9
M10.1
J24.4
J11
A15.9
S11.5
O3.2
N13.9
D20.4
2016J7.2
F20.1
M3.7
A11
M6.8
J10.6
J7.4
A10.5
S9.8
O2.1
N1.3
D-8.5
2017J6.3
F2.8
M11.7
A-1.1
M17
J-1.1
J11.5
A8.4
S5
O9.6
N10.6
D0.2
2018J14
F3.4
M4.9

Investment climate slightly less favourable

Every month, CBS publishes updates on the investment climate in the CBS Investment Radar. Circumstances relevant for investments are, on the one hand, the situation on the sales markets, and on the other hand, the availability of financial means. Although the Radar indicators show a strong correlation with investments in fixed assets, improved circumstances are not necessarily translated into increased growth in investments.

According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands is slightly less favourable in May than in March. This is mainly because the growth in exports on a yearly basis was less substantial.

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

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