Investments almost 6 percent down in October

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 5.8 percent down in October 2020 relative to the same month last year. The contraction is larger than in the previous month and is mainly due to lower investments in buildings, infrastructure, aircraft and machinery.

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

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
YearMonthchange (year-on-year % change)
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-2.6
2020August-7.6
2020September-3
2020October-5.8

Investment climate less unfavourable 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 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 December than it was in October. This is mainly due to the fact that the year-on-year export contraction was reversed into year-on-year growth. Also the industrial capacity utilisation rate was higher and manufacturers were less negative about their order positions.

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

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