The Business Cycle Tracer is a tool to monitor the state and the cycle of the Dutch economy. It presents a coherent macroeconomic picture of the past month or quarter, based on all the figures published by CBS. However, it does not apply equally to all households, enterprises or regions.
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Consumers less pessimistic, producer confidence improving
Consumers are less gloomy in December than they were in November. However, consumer confidence is still exceptionally low. Consumer confidence is well below the long-term average over the past two decades. Producer confidence has also improved slightly in December and is above its long-term average.
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Higher household consumption, exports and investments
Households spent 0.6 percent more in October 2022 year on year, adjusted for price changes and differences in the shopping day pattern. As in the previous months, they spent more on services, but less on goods.
In October 2022, the volume of investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.5 percent larger year on year. This is mainly because investments in buildings and passenger cars were up. There were fewer investments in infrastructure.
The total volume (adjusted for working days) of goods exports was up by 8.5 percent year on year. The increase over October was mainly seen in exports of petroleum products, transport equipment and machinery and appliances.
Manufacturing output over 3 percent up in October
In October 2022, the average daily output generated by the Dutch manufacturing industry was up by 3.3 percent on October 2021. Growth was lower compared to the preceding one and a half years.
More bankruptcies in November
The number of corporate bankruptcies, adjusted for court session days, increased slightly. The number of bankruptcies was at the highest level in more than two years, but remained low compared to the period before the outbreak of coronavirus.
House price increase levelled off further in November
In November, owner-occupied dwellings (excluding new constructions) were on average 4.9 percent more expensive than in the same month last year. The price increase was 7.8 percent in the previous month. It is the lowest year-on-year price increase in more than six years. Relative to October, the price index of owner-occupied dwellings fell by 1.0 percent in November.
Fewer hours worked and job vacancies, but also lower unemployment
In Q3 2022, the number of hours worked, adjusted for seasonal effects, was 1.6 percent lower than in Q2 2022. Total hours worked by employees and self-employed people over Q3 2022 amounted to approximately 3.6 billion.
At the end of September, there were 449 thousand unfilled vacancies, 17 thousand less than at the end of the second quarter. It is the first drop after the number of vacancies increased for eight consecutive quarters.
In November 2022, 364 thousand people were unemployed. From September through November, unemployment declined by an average of 5 thousand per month. The unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent.
In Q3 2022, turnover at temporary employment and job placement agencies rose by 2.5 percent relative to the previous quarter.
Economic contraction 0.2 percent in Q3 2022
According to the second quarterly estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of currently available data, in Q3 2022 gross domestic product (GDP) decreased by 0.2 percent relative to the previous quarter. This was due to lower investments, mainly those in dwellings and in infrastructure.
According to the second estimate, GDP was up by 3.1 percent relative to Q3 2021. In particular, the trade balance, household consumption and investments contributed to this growth.