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Mixed picture in Swiss economy: growth in some sectors, stagnation in others.

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Mixed picture in Swiss economy: growth in some sectors, stagnation in others.

During the January-March period of 2024, Switzerland’s economy likely performed slightly better than in the previous quarters, according to a report released by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) on Wednesday. The SNB stated that many economic indicators suggest that economic activity was more dynamic in the first quarter compared to the preceding quarters.

In the final three months of 2023, the Swiss economy grew by 0.3% quarter-on-quarter. However, manufacturing stagnated while the service sector continued to grow moderately. The SNB noted that weak global demand in the manufacturing sector was a concern as companies faced challenges due to the Swiss franc exchange rate. Manufacturing companies are struggling to adjust their pricing to cope with these challenges, putting pressure on their margins.

The SNB recently cut its key interest rate for the first time in nine years and mentioned that business outlook is improving. Service sector firms expect robust growth to continue, while manufacturing companies anticipate increases in sales. Despite this mixed picture, there are signs of improvement in some sectors of the Swiss economy.

Overall, while there were concerns about manufacturing and global demand, service sector firms expect strong growth to continue in 2024. This mixed picture highlights how different sectors are experiencing varying levels of growth and challenges within Switzerland’s economy.

The report also notes that weak global demand in the manufacturing sector is a major challenge facing companies operating in this sector. They face pressure from fluctuations in currency exchange rates and other external factors which make it difficult for them to adjust their pricing strategies effectively.

Despite these challenges, however, service sector firms are optimistic about future growth prospects and see significant opportunities for expansion in coming years.

In conclusion, Switzerland’s economy continues to grow but with varying levels of growth and challenges across different sectors

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