Consumer confidence and economic climate maintain growing paths
The Consumer confidence indicator increased between September and April, attaining the maximum level since October 1997.
The economic climate indicator increased between January and April, after decreasing in the three previous months. In the reference month, the confidence indicators increased in Manufacturing Industry, Construction and Public Works, Trade and Services.
The evolution of the Consumer1 confidence indicator in the reference month reflected the positive contribution all components, more markedly in the case of the perspectives on the unemployment and on the country’s economic situation.
In Manufacturing Industry, the confidence indicator increased in April, after stabilizing in February and March resuming the strong positive trajectory started in June 2016. In the reference month, the opinions on global demand and on the evolution of stocks of finished products contributed positively, more significantly in the first case, while the production perspectives contributed negatively. The confidence indicator for Construction and Public Works increased in the last four months, reaching the maximum level since June 2008, due to the positive evolution of both components, employment perspectives and opinions on the order books. The confidence indicator for Trade increased between January and April, after decreasing in the three previous months, reflecting a positive contribution of the perspectives on the business activity and the opinions on the volume of stocks. The Services’ confidence indicator increased in the last five months, led, in April, by the positive evolution of the opinions on the business situation and on the current demand.