Investments over 6 percent up in August

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 6.1 percent up in August 2018 relative to the same month last year. The year-on-year growth was somewhat more substantial than in the preceding month. In August 2018, investments in dwellings, buildings, transport equipment and machinery were up in particular.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. August 2018 has the same number of working days as August 2017. According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands in October is less favourable than in August.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume) (year-on-year % change)
YearMonthchange
2014September-0.5
October8.2
November1.2
December-1.2
January8.7
2015February6.2
March16.3
April9.8
May11.5
June23.4
July10.9
August15
September11.9
October3.6
November14
December20.4
January7.7
2016February21.5
March3.6
April12.2
May8
June12.6
July9.8
August12.7
September11.3
October4.1
November4
December-2.8
January8
2017February2.5
March11.8
April-0.3
May17.5
June-0.4
July11.5
August9.1
September4.8
October9.6
November10.6
December-1.6
January14.3
2018February2.7
March5.4
April11.2
May2.6
June6.8
July5.4
August6.1

Investment climate less favourable

Every month, CBS publishes updates on the investment climate in the CBS Investment Radar. Relevant circumstances for the investment climate include the situation on the sales and financial markets. 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 less favourable in October than in August. This is mainly because the year-on-year development of Dutch share prices was less positive and consumer confidence dropped. However, the growth in exports on a yearly basis was higher.

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

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