In February 2016, Dutch companies exported 3.0% more goods than in February 2015, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). This growth was lower than in January 2016, when the exports of goods were 5.6% higher than in January 2015. Growing exports of oil-based products, metal products and transport equipment contributed to the volume of exported goods. On the other hand, exports of natural gas decreased compared to a year earlier. Exports of goods make up about three-quarters of total Dutch exports.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that US Retail sales in March unexpectedly declined 0.3% from the prior month. Analysts had expected retail sales to be unchanged compared to February. A drop in car sales was one of the causes for the disappointing retail sales, as total spending on vehicles and parts decreased 2.1% last month. Retail sales excluding motor vehicles were up 0.2% compared to February.
Yesterday, investors reacted positively to encouraging Chinese export figures and the recent rise in oil prices. The AEX index gained 2.4% and closed at 450.09 points. This is the highest closing position of the year. In America, the Dow Jones gained 1% and closed at 17.908.
The 6M Euribor decreased with 1 basispoint to -0.14%. The 10Y Swap decreased with 4 basispoints to 0.52%.
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