Czech Republic economic sentiment improves in JulyStaff Writer | July 25, 2017
The economic sentiment indicator published by the Czech Statistics Office (CSO) improved in July.
Europe FocusEconomics panelists
The business confidence sub-indicator rose from June’s 95.2 points to a six-month high of 96.1 points in July.
The reading reflected improvements in sentiment in two out of the four sectors covered by the index: industry and trade.
Meanwhile, confidence in the services and the construction sectors dipped from the previous month.
Confidence in industry increased the most, with more upbeat expectations about the development of production activity, while expectations of the economic situation over the next three months were unchanged and expectations of the economic situation over the next six months decreased slightly.
The trade sector recorded unchanged expectations for the economic situation in the next three months and slightly higher expectations for the economic situation in the next six months.
On the other hand, in the construction sector, businesses’ expectations regarding production activity and employment for the next three months deteriorated. Lastly, the services recorded almost unchanged assessments of the current economic situation.
Consumer confidence in July fell for the second consecutive month to an almost one-year low of 105.7 points from June’s 106.2 points.
According to the survey, households were most concerned about a deterioration in the overall economic situation in the next 12 months.
As for fears of an increase in unemployment, future rises in prices and their financial standing, consumers’ sentiment was almost unchanged.
The share of households that intend to save money in July remained stable compared to June.
FocusEconomics panelists expect private consumption to expand 2.9% in 2017, which is unchanged from last month’s projection.
For 2018, the panel sees private consumption growing 2.7%.
Panelists see fixed investment increasing 2.8% in 2017, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2018, panelists expect fixed investment to expand 3.6%. ■