Belgium Business Confidence Continues Its Downward Trend
By Maria Martinez
Business confidence in Belgium fell again in November, declining
for the seventh consecutive month amid higher energy prices and
The business confidence index fell to minus 16.6 in November
from minus 15.5 in October, data from the National Bank of Belgium
showed Thursday. Economists polled by The Wall Street Journal
expected the indicator to come in at minus 14.0.
The deterioration of the business climate is most significant in
services, the report showed. Business leaders expressed a clearly
more negative assessment of their level of activity. The indicator
for the services sector fell to minus 10.7 in November from minus
2.7 in the previous month.
In trade, less optimistic employment expectations contributed
substantially to the drop in confidence, to minus 24.5 in November
from minus 23.5 in October. On the other hand, demand expectations
were better than in the preceding month, the report said.
Demand expectations also improved in the manufacturing industry.
The indicator for this sector fell slightly to minus 20.1 in
November from minus 19.7 in the previous month.
The business climate improved only in the building industry,
rising to minus 4.6 in November from minus 7.4 in October.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
November 24, 2022 09:14 ET (14:14 GMT)
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