Investments over 3 percent up in December

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reports that the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets rose by 3.3 percent year on year in December 2021. Investments in dwellings, buildings, infrastructure and machinery were higher in particular. However, there were fewer investments in passenger cars. Compared to December 2019, investments were 3.1 percent up.

Investment data have not been adjusted for calendar effects. December 2021 has one working day more than December 2020. According to the CBS Investment Radar, the circumstances for investments in the Netherlands are about as favourable in February as they were in December.

Investments in tangible fixed assets (volume)
YearMonthchange (year-on-year % change)
2018January14.1
2018February2.5
2018March6.2
2018April11
2018May3.2
2018June7.5
2018July4.6
2018August6
2018September-6.8
2018October7.6
2018November5.5
2018December-5
2019January6.6
2019February7.5
2019March0.7
2019April8.2
2019May10.7
2019June0.2
2019July5
2019August17.7
2019September8
2019October4.7
2019November3.7
2019December8.5
2020January 1.6
2020February2.6
2020March1.9
2020April-10.6
2020May-18.3
2020June-4.3
2020July-3
2020August-19.6
2020September-3.6
2020October-5.7
2020November-3.2
2020December-0.2
2021January-4
2021February-7.6
2021March9.6
2021April10.3
2021May10.7
2021June9.4
2021July3.5
2021August0.6
2021September0.7
2021October-2.7
2021November1.7
2021December3.3

Investment climate in February as favourable as in December

Every month, CBS publishes updates on the investment climate in the CBS Investment Radar. Relevant circumstances for the investment climate include, for example, the situation on the sales markets and the financial markets. Although the radar indicators show a strong correlation with the investments in fixed assets, improved circumstances do not necessarily translate into an increased growth rate or less investment decline.

According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands in February is as favourable as it was in December. Export growth was considerably higher. On the other hand, consumer confidence fell, the year-on-year rise in share prices was less substantial and manufacturers were less optimistic about their order positions. 

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