Country report Switzerland 2019

Country report

  • Switzerland
  • General economic

28th May 2019

Swiss economic growth is expected to slow down in 2019, as external demand from the Eurozone and the US has weakened and investment growth decreases.

 

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Corporate insolvencies expected increase again in 2019

Since 2015 Swiss business insolvencies have recorded annual increases due to a more difficult economic environment. In 2019, another 5% rise in business failures, to about 7,220 cases, is forecast.

 

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Growth expected to decrease in 2019

After robust economic performance in 2018 with buoyant manufacturing exports, Swiss GDP growth is expected to decrease to about 1% in 2019. The slowdown is mainly due to weaker external demand (especially from the Eurozone and the US) and lower investment growth (due to a less buoyant business sentiment).

Negative interest rates (the Central Bank has kept the benchmark interest rate at -0.75% since 2015) have helped to contain currency appreciation and have supported private consumption, which is expected to grow at a higher level in 2019 than in 2018. Inflation is expected to remain below 1% in 2018.

Negotiations with the EU in order to establish a new institutional framework agreement are currently ongoing. A failure to conclude such an agreement would most probably hamper the economic exchange with the EU.

 

 

 

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