Investment down by almost 9 percent in March

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In March 2024, the investment volume for tangible fixed assets was down by 8.6 percent year on year, as reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This was mainly because less has been invested in buildings. Investment in infrastructure and machines wase also lower than one year previously.

These figures on investment have not been adjusted for calendar effects. March 2024 had two working days more than March 2023. According to the CBS Investment Radar for May, conditions for investment in the Netherlands are less unfavourable as they were in March.

YearMonthchange (year-on-year % change)
2020April-8.8
2020May-16.6
2020June-2.3
2020July-1.1
2020August-18
2020September-1.6
2020October-4.5
2020November-2.2
2020December0.5
2021January-4.1
2021February-6.9
2021March9
2021April10.2
2021May10.7
2021June9.3
2021July2.9
2021August-0.9
2021September-0.1
2021October-2.3
2021November1.8
2021December3.5
2022January-6.9
2022February4.1
2022March-4.6
2022April-0.8
2022May7.8
2022June3.1
2022July-0.7
2022August3.3
2022September3.7
2022October3.8
2022November3.3
2022December-2.1
2023January9.2
2023February5.4
2023March4.4
2023April-1.4
2023May6.5
2023June6.3
2023July1.8
2023August6.9
2023September-2.6
2023October-0.2
2023November-4.1
2023December-6.8
2024January-3.7
2024February-1.3
2024March-8.6

Investment climate less unfavourable in March

Every month, CBS publishes an update on the investment climate in the CBS Investment Radar. Factors that are relevant to the investment climate include the situation in sales markets and the financial markets. Although the radar indicators correlate fairly well with fixed investment, improved conditions do not necessarily result in greater growth or a smaller contraction in investment.

According to the CBS Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands was less unfavourable as in March. This is mainly because the industrial capacity utilization rate improved. The year-on-year increase in share prices was also larger and manufacturers were less negative about their order positions. On the other hand, the year-on-year exports contraction was larger than in the previous month.