Investments up in February

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 7.5 percent up in February 2019 relative to the same month last year. The year-on-year growth was more substantial than in the preceding month. In February, investments were up mainly in dwellings, office buildings, infrastructure and machinery.

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

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
YearMonthchange (year-on-year % change)
2015March16.3
2015April9.8
2015May11.5
2015June23.4
2015July10.9
2015August15
2015September11.9
2015October3.6
2015November14
2015December20.4
2016January7.7
2016February21.5
2016March3.6
2016April12.2
2016May8
2016June12.6
2016July9.8
2016August12.7
2016September11.3
2016October4.1
2016November4
2016December-2.8
2017January8
2017February2.5
2017March11.8
2017April-0.3
2017May17.5
2017June-0.4
2017July11.5
2017August9.1
2017September4.8
2017October9.6
2017November10.6
2017December-1.6
2018January14.3
2018February2.6
2018March5.2
2018April11.2
2018May2.4
2018June6.7
2018July4.8
2018August5.9
2018September0.1
2018October7.2
2018November4.8
2018December3.9
2019January5
2019February7.5

Investment climate more favourable in April than in February

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 more favourable in April than it was in February. The year-on-year decline in exports changed into growth and the drop in share prices into an increase.


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

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