Czech Republic: Improvement in economic sentiment in AugustStaff Writer | August 28, 2017
The economic sentiment indicator, a composite confidence indicator published by the Czech Statistics Office (CSO), improved in August.
The business confidence sub-indicator rose from 96.1 points in July to reach a seven-month high of 96.8 points in August.
The reading reflected improvements in sentiment in three out of the four sectors covered by the index: industry, construction and trade. Meanwhile, confidence in the services sector remained unchanged.
Consumer confidence also increased in August, rising to 107.9 points from July’s 105.7 points.
In recent years, this indicator has been the standout confidence indicator in the Czech Republic. August’s increase was largely driven by better job security expectations among consumers.
FocusEconomics panelists expect private consumption to expand 3.0% in 2017, which is up 0.1 percentage points from last month’s projection.
For 2018, the panel sees private consumption growing 2.9%. Panelists see fixed investment increasing 3.4% in 2017, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2018, panelists expect fixed investment to expand 4.0%. ■