Capital Expenditure Survey 2011 Part 2: Industry Developments
Keywords: Strategic Decision, Crisis, Discrete Investments, Industries.
After the recession of the late 2000s, we have entered a phase in the economic development, where sluggish financial markets and an increasingly less dynamic real economy create an uncertain situation. Major investments are often thought about twice, and strategic decisions get postponed until outlook is clear again. This capital expenditure index shows the development in the aftermath of the crisis, looks into specific industries, and finishes with an outlook for the upcoming years.
The development in different industries before, during, and after the crisis varied significantly. Discrete industries remained rather flat from 2006 to 2010, contracted strongly in 2009, and recovered already to pre-crisis level. Looking deeper into the investment dynamics of the discrete industries, it turns out that especially semiconductor investments follow a pattern that is not only influenced by the business cycle, but also by many other factors. The hybrid industries were sometimes referred to as booming industries in the crisis year. However, looking more closely, they rather represented a safe haven than boom industries. They lagged behind discrete investments starting in the early 2000s and are even directly after the crisis not performing significantly better than discrete markets.
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