Investments almost 3 percent down in September

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 2.9 percent down in September 2020 relative to the same month last year. The contraction is smaller than in the previous month and is mainly due to lower investments in passenger cars, buildings and infrastructure.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. September 2020 has one working day more than Septemer 2019. According to the CBS Investment Radar, conditions for investments in the Netherlands are less unfavourable in November than they were in September.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
YearMonthchange (year-on-year % change)
2016October3.9
2016November3.8
2016December-3.1
2017January3.9
2017February-0.5
2017March8.1
2017April-3.9
2017May13.2
2017June-4.3
2017July6.7
2017August3.2
2017September10.1
2017October6.3
2017November6.9
2017December4.7
2018January14.1
2018February2.5
2018March6.2
2018April11.1
2018May3.2
2018June7.5
2018July4.6
2018August6.2
2018September-6.8
2018October7.6
2018November5.5
2018December-5
2019January5.9
2019February6.5
2019March0
2019April7.1
2019May9.6
2019June-0.7
2019July4.3
2019August0.2
2019September7.1
2019October4
2019November3
2019December7.6
2020January 2.6
2020February3.1
2020March2.2
2020April-10.3
2020May-18.2
2020June-4.6
2020July-2.8
2020August-7.5
2020September-2.9

Investment climate less unfavourable in November

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 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 unfavourable in November than it was in September. This is mainly due to a higher industrial capacity utilisation rate and to the fact that manufacturers are less negative about their order positions.

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