Dutch private sector investments up 5 percent

The volume of Dutch private sector investments in tangible fixed assets was 4.6 percent up in October 2013 from October 2012.

Investment climate improved

New figures released in the Investment Radar by Statistics Netherlands show that for the first time since July 2012, private sector investments were higher than one year previously. This is mainly due to investments in the construction sector, cars and machinery. The increase in car sales is a consequence of changing tax laws. On 1 January 2014, the limits for CO2 emission, which apply to the tax on passenger cars and motorcycles (BPM) and the additional tax liability for company cars, will again become stricter. As a result, many companies decided to buy new cars prior to 1 January. In addition, car sales may have been extra low in October 2012 due to tax measures introduced on 1 July 2012, when CO2 emission limits were also tightened. By means of six indicators, the Investment Radar shows whether circumstances for Dutch private sector investments have improved or deteriorated. According to the Investment Radar, the investment climate improved marginally in December 2013.

Source: Statistics Netherlands