Swiss economy expected to have improved moderately in first quarter, according to SNB

Switzerland’s Economy Set for Slight Rebound in Q1, Despite Challenges in Manufacturing Sector

In the January-March period, Switzerland’s economy likely performed slightly better than in previous quarters, according to the Swiss National Bank (SNB). The central bank stated that many economic indicators suggest there was slightly more dynamic economic activity in the first quarter of 2024.

During the final three months of 2023, the Swiss economy grew by 0.3% quarter-on-quarter. However, the SNB reported that during this period, economic growth was “moderate” and driven primarily by the service sector, while manufacturing continued to stagnate.

The main concern in manufacturing is weak global demand, with companies also facing challenges due to the Swiss franc exchange rate. Companies are struggling with pricing, leading to pressure on their margins. The SNB recently cut its key interest rate for the first time in nine years.

Despite these challenges, the SNB noted that the business outlook is improving. Services sector firms are expecting robust growth to continue, and manufacturing companies are anticipating increases in sales. The SNB remains optimistic about Switzerland’s economic prospects.

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