2014-04-02 16:29:02 - Netherlands Freight Transport Report Q1 2014 - a new market research report on companiesandmarkets.com
A Return To Positive Growth Expected For 2014 Most indicators showed that the Dutch economy was still struggling in the second half of 2013, but we are forecasting a recovery in 2014 based on an upturn in regional trade trends. GDP fell by 0.2% quarter-onquarter in Q213, marking the fourth consecutive quarter of retrenchment and leaving no doubt that the Netherlands is in recession. The biggest casualty has been household spending, held back by falling property prices and high unemployment. Retail sales have been falling since early 2011; industrial output is weak; and business confidence is low (although there are signs that it is bottoming out). On the plus side, real exports have begun to grow, and although the improvement
is small, we expect them to be the main motor of recovery in 2014. Indeed, the economy is heavily integrated with the eurozone through its well anchored current account surplus, meaning that economic growth is bolstered during times of strong global demand and is left particularly vulnerable during cyclical downturns. The Netherlands is also particularly unique among its eurozone peers in that it is a major platform for re-exporting goods that arrive at Dutch ports to the rest of Europe.
In terms of core forecasts, we maintain that following a year of real GDP contraction in 2013, the Dutch economy will return to positive economic growth in 2014 alongside the broader recovery in the eurozone.
Indeed, we project real GDP to fall by 0.6% in 2013 and to expand by 1.1% in 2014. We expect growth to peak at 1.8% in 2016 before tapering off to 1.2% by the end of our forecast period in 2023.
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