August’s reading came on the back of a broad-based deterioration in all the sectors covered by the index. Confidence in the construction sector decreased on less favorable assessments of order books and construction plans. Moreover, confidence in the market services sector edged down, as assessments of order books and the business trend became gloomier, and expectations on future order books declined. In addition, sentiment in the manufacturing sector dipped despite improved assessments on order books, as expectations on production levels worsened. Lastly, confidence in the retail trade sector lost some ground, despite improved assessments regarding current sales, as expectations on future sales worsened.
FocusEconomics panelists expect fixed investment to record zero growth in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s forecast. For 2020, panelists see fixed investment growing 0.9%.