Belgian business confidence climbed more than economists forecast in August to the highest in 1 ½ years, led by gains in the manufacturing and business-related services industries.
Following is a summary of the September federal budget balance from National Bank of Belgium in Brussels:
Following is a summary of the August federal budget balance from National Bank of Belgium in Brussels:
Belgian business confidence in December rose more than expected as executives in the construction industry were more optimist about demand.
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Belgium almost erased its trade deficit in March, the National Bank of Belgium said.
Belgium’s expansion slowed in the first quarter as harsh weather hampered the economy’s recovery from the worst slump in at least six decades.
Belgian business confidence rebounded in April from a 3 1/2-year low in the prior month as gains in the manufacturing industry offset deterioration elsewhere in the economy.
Belgian business confidence sank in August to the lowest level since December 2009, driven down by declining optimism in the business-services sector.
The National Bank of Belgium may require the nation’s banks to hold more capital than required under international rules agreed on by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, L’Echo reported, without saying how it obtained the information.