Swiss perspectives in 10 languages

Latest economic survey indicates further slowdown

Switzerland's leading economic survey is signalling a further slowdown in growth for the first half of this year. The Business Cycle Research Index stood at 0.88 for January, down from 0.91 in December.

The monthly survey conducted by the Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research showed that growth in new orders was slowing. But it found a modest rise in the number of firms planning higher materials purchases.

An Institute economist said the slowdown might end by the middle of the year but added that further data would be necessary to confirm this.

Data on fourth quarter GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is due out on March 8. Current forecasts range from 2.2 per cent to 3.4 per cent growth, down from 3.6 per cent in the third quarter.

swissinfo with agencies

In compliance with the JTI standards

More: SWI certified by the Journalism Trust Initiative

You can find an overview of ongoing debates with our journalists here . Please join us!

If you want to start a conversation about a topic raised in this article or want to report factual errors, email us at

SWI - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR

SWI - a branch of Swiss Broadcasting Corporation SRG SSR