Outside the dotted line: more favourable than average.
Investment climate less favourable
According to February’s Investment Radar, the investment climate in the Netherlands was less favourable than in January. Since the publication of January’s Investment Radar, new data have become available for six indicators. Three indicators deteriorated, two improved and one remained the same. Circumstances relevant for investments are, on the one hand, the situation on the sales markets, and on the other hand, the availability of financial means. Although the Radar indicators show a strong correlation with investments in fixed assets, improved circumstances are not necessarily translated into a higher growth of investments.
The industrial capacity utilisation rate deteriorated. Also the year-on-year increase in stock market prices was lower. Manufacturers were less positive about their order positions. However consumer confidence slightly improved and the exports growth was higher. The interbank interest remained more or less the same.