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Manufacturers Increase their Investment in 2012 – Downward Revision in the Construction Industry. Results of the WIFO Spring 2012 Investment Sur-vey


  • Martin Falk


  • Andrea Kunnert


  • Gerhard Schwarz



According to the results of the WIFO Spring 2012 Investment Survey, investment in manufacturing expressed in current prices is expected to increase by 9 percent in 2012. The increase will be greater for investment in equipment (+14 percent) than for investment in structures (+3 percent). A detailed look at broad manufacturing industry groups shows that the increase will be most pronounced in investment and intermediate goods, with an increase of 12 percent and 14 percent, respectively. In contrast, the consumer goods industry does not expect any growth of its investment rate. In 2012, manufacturing firms will also raise their investment in intangible assets (+8 percent). In 2011, construction firms invested 11 percent more than in the previous year. Nevertheless, investment levels remained moderate compared to pre-crisis levels. In 2012, construction firms intend to lower their total investments by 10 percent in response to the weak macroeconomic environment. Investment in machinery and equipment as well as in buildings will be affected.

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  • Martin Falk & Andrea Kunnert & Gerhard Schwarz, 2012. "Manufacturers Increase their Investment in 2012 – Downward Revision in the Construction Industry. Results of the WIFO Spring 2012 Investment Sur-vey," WIFO Monatsberichte (monthly reports), WIFO, vol. 85(7), pages 559-570, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:wfo:monber:y:2012:i:7:p:559-570

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