Handelsblatt Business Monitor

Eager to Invest

VW Source picture alliance dpa ceremony construction site new Volkswagen car factory in Bialezyce near Wrzesnia Poland 29 April 2015 46579256
Happy to invest: VW is building a new factory in Poland to produce 85,000 Crafter vans annually and employ 3,000 people.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    German firms’ willingness to increase investments abroad could support economic growth in Europe.

  • Facts


    • 51 percent of German executives intend to increase their investments in the next 12 months, a Handelsblatt business survey shows.
    • Siemens and VW are among the top investors in Europe, a study by consultancy EY shows.
    • More than a quarter of U.S. and European businesses are reluctant to increase investments in China, studies show.
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Despite the Greek debt crisis reaching a climax this week, Germany’s companies remained upbeat about business opportunities.

Handelsblatt’s Business Monitor, a survey of 664 German executives conducted by research firm Forsa in June, showed the propensity to invest is at a four year high. The willingness to invest has only been so large once before since the outbreak of the financial and economic crisis in 2008, and that was in June 2011.

Some 51 percent of the managers intend to increase their investments in the next 12 months, the Handelsblatt Business Monitor showed. The poll also showed 40 percent of company managers want to keep their current investments at the same level.  A mere 9 percent want to reduce it.

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