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Manufacturing expects hefty rise in investment

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Jun '07
Manufacturing companies in the Netherlands expect a 19 percent increase in fixed capital formation this year compared with 2006. This makes them substantially more optimistic than last autumn, when they foresaw an increase of only 9 percent.

The favourable prospects for 2007 are reported in all sectors of manufacturing, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands.

Unlike manufacturers, companies in mineral extraction expect to invest less in 2007 than in 2006. They foresee a near 50 percent reduction in fixed capital formation.

Manufacturing invested just as much in 2006 as in 2005:
Manufacturing companies invested 6.7 billion euro in 2006. This is about the same amount as in 2005. The chemical industry showed the largest growth in investment: 31 percent.

Statistics Netherlands


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