Since the strict lockdown in February 2021, the economic situation of companies in Germany has continuously improved. An upward trend in turnovers, profits and investments can be observed. For August 2021, the current numbers of the company survey conducted by the German Business Panel show that turnovers have increased by 5.6 percent and investments by 5.2 percent, as compared to the same period in the previous year. While profits have still not reached the level of the previous year, numbers point upwards. Profits have increased by 0.9 percent from July to August 2021.
Profits and turnover show positive developments, but a few days before the federal elections, most of the companies that participated in the survey are dissatisfied with the German economic policy. While 44 percent of companies stated that they were satisfied with the economic policy in July, only 41 percent agreed with this statement in August. These figures show that satisfaction with the economic policy is 7 percent lower than the companies’ satisfaction with the coronavirus measures.
Please go to https://www.accounting-for-transparency.de/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/gbp_monitor_2021_9.pdf to see the GBP monitor on company trends in September 2021 (in German).