Business sentiment in Turkey improves
The business confidence index increased by a strong 3.3 percent on a monthly basis to touch 105.5 in the month, the Central Bank said yesterday. That followed 5 percent, 4.5 percent and 1.6 percent increases recorded in March, February and January, respectively.
The 100-point level on the index separates optimism from pessimism.
Five of the business sentiment survey’s eight main sub-indices rose in April month-on-month, data from the Central Bank also showed.
The sharpest increase was registered in the sub-index for total orders received over the past three months. The related index soared nearly 17 percent from the previous months to stand at 105.7 in April. The sub-index for current orders and export orders in the next three months rose by 6.4 and 7.6 percent, respectively.
Sectoral confidence down
On a related note, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TÜİK) reported yesterday that confidence in the country’s key sectors of retail trade and construction dropped while the services sector posted an increase in April compared to last month.
Retail trade sector confidence index dropped to 90.6 this month, down 0.1 percent from March.
In retail trade sector, business activity-sales and current volume of stock indices decreased to 76.1 and 107.7, respectively, while business activity-sales expectation index rose to 87.9.
The construction confidence index slightly fell by 0.3 percent during the same period to 53.9.
The services sector confidence index rose by 1.9 percent month-on-month to 83.1 in April due to improvement in business situation, demand-turnover and demand-turnover expectation indices.