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28 of February, 2017Research
Monthly Bulletin of Economic Trends

Contents:

  • Results of the IEER SME Outlook Survey January 2017

  • The risks and possible effects of a U.S.–Chinese trade war

  • International trends
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9 of February, 2017Research
Results of the IEER SME Outlook Survey January 2017

The results of the latest IEER SME Outlook business climate survey reveal that the business confidence slightly decreased compared to the previous quarter: the Business Climate Index fell from 28 to 25 points. The value of the index was 25 points in January 2016.

The Uncertainty Index is at a current level of 38 points, which is the same as in the previous quarter. The value of the Uncertainty Index indicates that the current trend is not uniform within the private sector, and that it will continue to be confined to one part of the economy and will not be felt by all small and medium sized companies.

In sum, we can assess that the Business Climate Index after the peak (33 points) in April 2016 dropped to 27 points in July 2016 and it was 28 points in October 2016, now a decrease (25 points) occurred again.

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7 of February, 2017Research
Results of the IEER Quarterly Business Climate Survey January 2017

The results of the latest quarterly business climate survey reveal that the economic condition remains the same as that in the previous quarter: the IEER Quarterly Business Climate Index is 30.5 points, and it was 30.4 points in October 2016. The value of the indicator was 30.5 points in July 2016, that is, the last three quarters are characterized by the stagnation of the Business Climate Index. (The Business Climate Index was 31.7 points in the same period of the previous year.)

The Uncertainty Index is at a current level of 36 points, which is slightly higher than in the previous quarter (it was 35 points in October 2016). The value of the Uncertainty Index indicates that the current trend is not uniform within the private sector, and that it will continue to be confined to one part of the economy and will not be felt by all companies.

In sum, we can assess that the level of business climate is still favourable in January 2017, however, there were no improvement compared to October 2016, the value of the index stagnated.

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2 of February, 2017Research
Business perception of labor shortage in Hungary

In its analysis the Institute for Economic and Enterprise Research (IEER) examined the perception of labor shortage among Hungarian companies. The analysis is based on the data of the October 2016 Business Climate Survey of 3185 companies among which 2980 answered questions related to recruiting difficulties, and labor and skill shortage. The analysis also covers how recruiting difficulties and expected investments, stock orders, and plans of salary increase are related. The results show that a growing number of Hungarian companies consider recruiting difficulties and labor shortage as an obstacle to business activity and two thirds of them expect that the problems related to this are going to worsen in 2017. The most prevalent problem mentioned by the companies is the recruitment of senior employees. Plans of salary increase and recruiting difficulties are positively related showing that salary increase is a possible way of adaptation to labor shortage among the Hungarian companies.

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31 of January, 2017Research
Monthly Bulletin of Economic Trends

Contents:

  • Main results of IEER’s Short-Term Labour Market Outlook for 2017
  • Economic Forecasts for 2017

  • International trends

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31 of December, 2016Research
Monthly Bulletin of Economic Trends

The 38th wave of the IEER Business Climate Survey was conducted in October 2016. This is the largest business climate survey in Hungary with regard to the number of participating companies. This year 3185 managers responded to the questionnaire on their business climate and short-term business expectations. The surveyed companies are representative to the Hungarian business sector in terms of economic performance, region and sector distribution. This analysis summarizes the results of the October 2016 survey. According to the new results of the IEER Business Climate Survey the IEER Business Climate Index decreased to +48 points in October 2016 from +49 points in April 2016, which is the second highest value in the history of the survey. Companies are still very positive about their current business climate, however, it seems that the continuing upward trend since October 2012 is broken. This is due to the fact that the expectations on investments (especially construction and machinery investments), profitability and stock orders are slightly more pessimistic than in the previous period. The value of the Uncertainty Index has increased by one point (October 2016: 48 points) compared to April 2016. This refers to the fact that the difference between the evaluations of the enterprises has not changed compared to the previous period.

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22 of December, 2016Research
Short-term Labor Market Forecast – 2017

The following summary comprises the latest results gained from the largest representative survey series on the Hungarian labour market. During the study 6835 company leaders’ answers on employment, on the company’s business situation, and on the company’s future expectations were registered and analyzed. The history of the survey series targeting short-term expectations of the labour market goes back to the years following the regime change of 1989-90 in Hungary. The latest survey in this research program took place between September 7 and October 14, 2016 as the ninth occasion of the collaboration between the Hungarian Ministry for National Economy and the Institute for Economic and Enterprise Research (IEER) to forecast the short-term economic prospects of the private sector, and to review corporations’ labour market decisions in an empirical study.

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12 of December, 2016Research
The Expected Impacts of the Introduction of Online Cash Registers into the Taxi Industry

The analysis entitled “The Expected Impacts of the Introduction of Online Cash Registers into the Taxi Industry” by the Institute for Economic and Enterprise Research (IEER) studies the possible effects of the obligatory use of online cash registers in the taxi industry. The analysis took the following aspects into consideration: the characteristics of the Hungarian and more specifically the Budapest taxi industry, the legal environment and economic theories on tax payer behaviour.

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5 of December, 2016Research
Results of the IEER SME Outlook Survey November 2016

The results of the latest IEER SME Outlook business climate survey reveal that the economic condition remains the same as that in the previous quarter: the Business Climate Index increased from 27 to 28 points. This is due to the fact that the vast majority of the sub-indicators stagnated compared to July 2016. Only three sub-indicators moved relative to the previous quarter: the production of level of the previous quarter dropped significantly, however, the expected business situation and the expected profitability slightly increased compared to July.

The Uncertainty Index is at a current level of 38 points, which is 2 point higher than in the previous quarter (it was 33 points in July 2016). The value of the Uncertainty Index indicates that the current trend is not uniform within the private sector, and that it will continue to be confined to one part of the economy and will not be felt by all small and medium sized companies.

In sum, we can assess that the Business Climate Index dropped to 27 points in July 2016 and 28 points in October 2016 compared to the peak of April 2016 (33 points).

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1 of December, 2016Research
Results of the IEER Quarterly Business Climate Survey October 2016

The results of the latest quarterly business climate survey reveal that the economic condition remains the same as that in the previous quarter: the IEER Quarterly Business Climate Index is still 30 points. The upward trend since October 2015 has been broken in July 2016, when the Business Climate Index decreased from 33 points to 30 points. According to our results, this quarter is characterized by stagnation. (The Business Climate Index was only 24 points in the same period of the previous year.)

The Uncertainty Index is at a current level of 35 points, which is slightly higher than in the previous quarter (it was 34 points in July 2016). The value of the Uncertainty Index indicates that the current trend is not uniform within the private sector, and that it will continue to be confined to one part of the economy and will not be felt by all companies.

In sum, we can assess that the level of business climate is still favourable in October 2016, however, there were no improvement compared to July 2016, the value of the index stagnated.

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