Investments slightly up in August

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 0.2 percent up in August 2019 relative to the same month last year. This was mainly due to higher investments in machinery and passenger cars. However, investments in aircraft were considerably lower year-on-year.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. August 2019 has one working day less than August 2018. According to the CBS Investment Radar, conditions for investments in the Netherlands are more favourable in October 2019 than they were in August 2019.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume) (year-on-year % change)
YearMonthchange
2015September11.9
October3.6
November14
December20.4
2016January7.9
February21.6
March3.7
April12.3
May8.1
June12.7
July9.7
August12.7
September11.2
October3.9
November3.8
December-3.1
2017January4
February-0.5
March8.1
April-3.9
May13.2
June-4.3
July6.7
August3.2
September10.2
October6.2
November6.8
December4.6
2018January13.5
February2.4
March5.5
April10.4
May2.6
June7
July4.4
August5.8
September-7
October7.4
November5.3
December-4.8
2019January6.1
February8.5
March2.6
April8
May9.6
June-0.6
July4.6
August0.2
 

Investment climate more favourable in October than in August

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 October than it was in August. This is mainly because the year-on-year decline in stock market prices turned into an upward trend and the growth in exports on a yearly basis was higher.

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

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