Investments almost 3 percent up in December

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 2.6 percent up in December 2018 relative to the same month one year previously. Investments in passenger cars, trains, aircraft, dwellings and commercial buildings were up in particular.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. December 2018 has the same number of working days as December 2017. According to the CBS Investment Radar, conditions for investment in the Netherlands are less favourable in February 2019 than they were in December 2018.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume) (year-on-year % change)
YearMonthchange
2015January8.7
February6.2
March16.3
April9.8
May11.5
June23.4
July10.9
August15.0
September11.9
October3.6
November14.0
December20.4
2016January7.7
February21.5
March3.6
April12.2
May8.0
June12.6
July9.8
August12.7
September11.3
October4.1
November4.0
December-2.8
2017January8.0
February2.5
March11.8
April-0.3
May17.5
June-0.4
July11.5
August9.1
September4.8
October9.6
November10.6
December-1.6
2018January14.3
February2.7
March5.4
April11.2
May2.6
June6.8
July4.8
August5.9
September0.3
October5.9
November3.9
December2.6

Investment climate less favourable in February than in December

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 February than it was in December. This is mainly due to a further decline in the year-on-year development of exports and in consumer confidence.

The figures in this publication are provisional and may be revised upwards or downwards.

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