Accordingly with the opinions expressed in the October 2013 Investment Survey (with an inquiring period between the 1st October 2013 and the 23rd January 2014), the entrepreneurial investment is expected to present a nominal change rate of 1.1% in 2014. The same survey points also to a reduction of investment of 8.3% in 2013, which represents a downward revision comparing with the perspectives revealed in the previous survey (change rate of -2.1%).
Among the investment objectives, the extension of the production capacity might have decreased its relative weight between 2013 and 2014, although remaining the most referred objective. Additionally, the results point to an increase in the relative weight of the replacement investments, the rationalization and restructuration investments, and the other investments, mainly in the last case.
Regarding the main limitative factor for business investment identified in the survey, the deterioration of the sales perspectives, followed by the uncertainty about the investment profitability, continued to be the most mentioned in both years, although decreasing its relative weight between 2013 and 2014 in the first case, and increasing in the second case.