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Belgium: Consumer sentiment continues rising in December, business sentiment bounces back

Christian Fernsby |
The consumer confidence indicator produced by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) rose to minus 8 in December, improving from November’s minus 15, despite the extension of lockdown restrictions until January.

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Topics: BELGIUM   

Expectations on the future of the economy became significantly less negative and unemployment concerns eased at a faster pace.

Moreover, households’ expectations on future savings improved markedly, while they became more optimistic regarding their future financial situation.

On a different note, NBB’s business confidence indicator came in at minus 8.4 in December, up from minus 12.1 in November.

The uptick was driven by easing pessimism in business-related services and manufacturing.

In addition, the trade sector grew less pessimistic, albeit remaining significantly downbeat.

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