According to the results from the October 2019 Investment Survey (with a surveying period between the
1st October 2019 and the 17th January 2020), the business investment in nominal terms is expected to grow by 3.6% in 2020. The results of this survey also point to a 3.8% increase in investment in 2019, a rate which is close to the result of the previous survey (growth rate of 3.7%).
Among the investment objectives, from 2019 to 2020, the relative weights of replacement investment and other investment objectives are expected to increase, while the relative weights of investment associated with the extension of the production capacity and streamline production investment are projected to decrease. The replacement investment is the most mentioned objective in both years.
The main limitative factor for business investment identified by entrepreneurs in both years was the deterioration of the sales perspectives. Between 2019 and 2020, the relative weight of the deterioration in sales perspectives is expected to increase, partly offset by a reduction in the relative weight of uncertainty about the investment profitability.