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Investment Survey, first quarter 2019

Industry investments decreased in the first quarter of 2019

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2019-05-24 9.30

Industrial enterprises show a forecast on investments of SEK 10.4 billion (in current prices) in the first quarter of 2019, which is a volume decrease of 26 percent compared with the outcome for the first quarter of 2018.

The industry for pulp, paper and paper products invested SEK 1.4 billion in the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of SEK 926 million compared with the outcome for the first quarter of 2018.

The industry for motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers invested SEK 1.2 billion in current prices in the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of SEK 846 million compared with the outcome for the first quarter of 2018.

Property management investment

Property management invested SEK 35.6 billion in current prices in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of SEK 11.9 billion compared with the outcome for the first quarter of 2018.

Transport investment

Transportation and storage invested SEK 2.7 billion in current prices in the first quarter of 2019, a decrease of SEK 2 billion compared with the outcome for the first quarter of 2018.

Total investments 2018, planned investments 2019, Investments in SEK billions in current prices Q1 2018 and Q1 2019
 Annual dataQuarterly data
 Investments in SEK billions in current prices 2018Current prices in billions according to planned investments 2019Investments in SEK billions in current prices Q1 2018Investments in SEK billions in current prices Q1 2019
Industry (B+C) 72.5 65.5 13.4 10.4
Energy 43.4 48.2 7.2 7.6
Construction 9.6 7.8 1.9 1.5
Trade in goods 16.9 15.5 3.8 5.5
Transportation and storage 22.7 28.7 4.7 2.7
Information and communication 20.7 20.3 5.2 2.8
Banks and insurance companies 3.3 2.6 0.8 0.6
Property management 121.5 * 23.7 35.6
Business services 15.5 14.6 2.7 3.9

* Property management is not included in the February survey

Definitions and explanations

There has been some changes in the survey between 2018 and 2019. The questionnaire has been redesigned to be better in line with the accounting principles in enterprises. Results from the survey will be published four times instead of three times per year. Planned investments are only requested on a yearly basis instead of per quarter. The definition of investments after the change is acquisition of fixed assets with an economic life of at least three years (compared to the previous definition that included investments with an economic life of at least one year). The changes can lead to some breaks in the time series.

The population frame is collected from Statistics Sweden’s Business Register database. All enterprises with at least 200 employees are included, while enterprises with between 20 and 199 employees are sampled. In some activities, enterprises with between 5 and 199 employees are sampled. Enterprises in the industry sector with between 10 and 19 employees are taxed based on investment information from enterprises with between 20 and 49 employees.

The volume concept is used to show the percentage change between two quarters computed in the 2008 monetary value.

In this survey, the definition of investments after the change is acquisition of fixed assets with an economic life of at least three years (compared to the previous definition that included investments with an economic life of at least one year), and also reconstruction and improvement work that materially raises capacity, standards and life length.

Next publishing will be

The next statistical news in this series will concern the second quarter and will be published on 2019-08-23 at 09:30.

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