First release for the third quarter of 2017 Business investment rate down to 22.4 % in the Euro Area

Business profit share up to 41.4 %

In the third quarter of 2017, the business investment rate was 22.4 % in the euro area, compared with 23.1 % in the previous quarter.

The business profit share in the euro area was 41.4 % in the third quarter of 2017, compared with 41.0 % in the second quarter of 2017.

These data come from a first release of seasonally adjusted quarterly European sector accounts from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and the European Central Bank (ECB).

Methods and definitions

The gross investment rate of non-financial corporations is defined as gross fixed capital formation divided by gross value added. This ratio relates the investment of non-financial businesses in fixed assets (buildings, machinery etc.) to the value added created during the production process.

The profit share of non-financial corporations is defined as gross operating surplus divided by gross value added. This profitability-type indicator shows the share of the value added created during the production process remunerating capital. It is the complement of the share of wage costs (plus taxes less subsidies on production) in value added.

The compilation of the European sector accounts follows the European System of Accounts 2010 (ESA2010) and covers the period from the first quarter of 1999 onwards.

Institutional sectors bring together economic units with broadly similar characteristics and behaviour, namely: households (including non-profit institutions serving households), non-financial corporations, financial corporations, government and the rest of the world. In the latter, to measure the external transactions of the euro area / European Union, it is necessary to remove cross-border flows within the area concerned.

Eurostat’s website includes detailed annual and quarterly sector accounts of Member States of the European Economic Area and derived key indicators published around 120 days after each quarter (which also cover annual indicators such as debt-to- income ratios). A subset of quarterly key indicators is published around 94 days after each quarter.

Revisions and timetable

Compared with data released on October 27, 2017, the investment rate of non-financial corporations for the second quarter of 2017 has been revised from 23.3 % to 23.1 %. The profit share of non-financial corporations for the second quarter of 2017 has been revised from 40.8 % to 41.0 %.

The complete set of sectoral data will be updated in the dedicated section of the Eurostat website on January 26, 2018

http://ec.europa.eu/Eurostat