Sustained substantial decline in Dutch private sector investments

Sustained substantial decline in Dutch private sector investments

The volume of Dutch private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was nearly 14.1 percent down in March 2013 from March 2012. The decline is somewhat more substantial than in February, when private sector investments were 12.1 percent down from one year previously according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands.

The decrease in investments in construction in particular was more substantial than in February. Investments in transport equipment, on the other hand, fell by less than one month previously.

Both February and March had one working day fewer in 2013 than in 2012. Figures on private sector investments are not adjusted for the effect of the number of working days.

By means of six indicators, the Investment Radar shows whether circumstances for Dutch private sector investments have become more or less favourable and which factors played a crucial part in these developments. According to May’s Investment Radar, the investment climate has deteriorated slightly.

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