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Switzerland’s Economy Shows Signs of Improvement in Q1 2024, With Service Sector Driving Growth and Challenges for Manufacturing Sector

During the first quarter of 2024, Switzerland’s economy is showing signs of improvement compared to previous quarters, according to the Swiss National Bank (SNB). The central bank noted that several economic indicators point towards slightly more dynamic economic activity during this period.

The SNB report highlights that the Swiss economy grew by 0.3% quarter-on-quarter in the final months of 2023. However, manufacturing continued to show stagnation, with companies facing pressure on margins due to limited pricing flexibility and weak global demand. Additionally, challenges posed by the Swiss franc exchange rate are also impacting this sector.

Despite these challenges, the business outlook is improving for both service sector firms and manufacturing companies. Service sector firms are expecting continued robust growth while manufacturing companies anticipate an increase in sales. Last week, the central bank cut its key interest rate for the first time in nine years, which could further boost economic activity.

Overall, Switzerland’s economy appears to be showing signs of improvement, with the service sector leading the way in driving economic growth. The SNB is closely monitoring key economic indicators to assess the country’s economic performance and ensure sustainable growth for businesses and individuals alike.

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