Measures total expenditure on buildings and structures in Germany , is a major part of the investment component of GDP. Like any capital expenditure, Construction Investment reflects the economy’s overall well-being. Investments are usually made when economic sentiment is positive and investors expect that future economic growth will make their outlays worthwhile. Additionally, increased investment spending is likely to have spillover effects down the line; for instance, machine investment will yield subsequent benefits for productivity.
While such effects make Construction Investment useful, the report is not very timely, and thus has limited market impact. The figure is reported as percent change in prices from the previous year.
Note: Construction Investment report comes out at the same moment as GDP report.
Relevance: Rarely affects markets
Release schedule: 6:00 (GMT); quarterly
Source of report: Federal Statistical Office of Germany
Web Address: http://www.destatis.de/indicators/e/iwf01.htm
Address of release: http://www.destatis.de/indicators/e/vgr610ae.htm
AKA: Fixed Investment, Construction Capital Formation, Private Investment
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