Business cycle survey - June 2020

Confidence in the economy has risen slightly

24.06.2020
Code: 070008-20
 

In June, overall confidence in the economy slightly grows, but it is still lower than the long-term average. The composite confidence indicator (economic sentiment indicator) – in the basis index form - increased by 2.1 percentage points to 77.2, m-o-m. Business confidence indicator increased by 2.2 percentage point to 73.8 (m-o-m), and consumer confidence indicator rises by 1.4 points to 93.3, m-o-m. Economic sentiment indicator, business confidence indicator and consumer confidence indicator have lower values, y-o-y.

The confidence indicator in industry decreased in June. Confidence indicator declined by 2.9 points to 70.0. The assessment of current total demand decreased significantly again during June. Stocks of finished goods increased compared to May. Compared to the previous month, the share of entrepreneurs expecting a decline in production activity and a deterioration in their economic situation for the next three months has again fallen sharply. Expectations of the development of the economic situation of companies in the industry for the next six months did not change month-on-month, but the share of companies expecting deterioration still slightly prevailed. Confidence in the industry is significantly lower, y-o-y.

In the construction sector, confidence in the economy declined, m-o-m. The confidence indicator fell by 1.8 points to 102.4. Entrepreneurs in the construction sector assessed the assessment of total demand for construction work as in May. The share of entrepreneurs expecting a reduction in the number of employees for the next three months increased slightly. On the contrary, the share of companies expecting a deterioration in their economic situation for the next three to six months decreased, m-o-m. Confidence in the construction industry is still significantly lower, y-o-y.

The confidence indicator in the trade increased compared to May. The confidence indicator rose by 6.9 points to 92.1. The assessment of the overall economic situation has improved compared to May. The stock of goods decreased significantly, m-o-m. In June, the share of companies that expect their economic situation to improve over the next three months increased again. However, confidence in trade is lower, y-o-y.

Confidence in selected services (including the banking sector) increased compared to the previous month. The confidence indicator rose from its historical low in May by 7.2 points to 72.2. The assessment of the overall economic situation improved, m-o-m. In June, however, the negative May assessment of current aggregate demand deepened further. In June, more companies expect an increase in demand for the next three months. Also, the share of entrepreneurs expecting a deterioration in their overall economic situation for the next, not only three but also six months has decreased significantly. Confidence in selected services is significantly lower, y-o-y.

Consumer confidence indicator increased in June, m-o-m. The confidence indicator rose by 1.4 points to 93.3. Compared to May, consumers were less worried about the deterioration of their financial situation. Concerns about the decline of the overall economic situation were approximately the same month on month. The intention to save has also hardly changed. Even in June, the number of consumers who feared rising prices and rising unemployment in the next 12 months significantly prevailed, although their share decreased compared to May. Overall, consumer confidence is considerably lower, y-o-y.

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Responsible manager: Juraj Lojka, Director of Business Statistics Coordination and Business Cycle Surveys Department, tel. +420731439291, e-mail: juraj.lojka@czso.cz
Contact person: Jiri Obst, Head of Business Cycle Surveys Unit, tel. +420604815440, e-mail: jiri.obst@czso.cz
Data source: CZSO business survey, Data Collect consumer survey (https://www.datacollect.cz)
End of data collection: June 18, 2020
Next News Release: July 24, 2020
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Business and Consumers Surveys are co-financed by grant agreements of the European Commission DG ECFIN.

  • akpr062420.docx
  • Annexes:
  • Table 1 Confidence Indicators – basic indices
  • Chart 1 Confidence indicators – base indices, seasonally adjusted (2003–2020)
  • Chart 2.1 Confidence Indicators for industry, construction, trade, and in selected services – base indices, seasonally adjusted (2003–2020)
  • Chart 2.2 Balances of seasonally adjusted confidence indicators for industry, construction, trade, and in selected services (2003–2020)
  • Chart 3 Economic Sentiment Indicators – international comparison, seasonally adjusted (2007-2020)
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Published: 24.06.2020
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