Swiss Economy Outperforms in January-March Period, But Manufacturing Companies Face Challenges Despite Moderate Growth

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The Swiss economy likely outperformed in the January-March period compared to the previous quarters, according to the Swiss National Bank (SNB). In a report released on Wednesday, the central bank stated that many economic indicators suggest that economic activity was slightly more dynamic during the first quarter of 2024 than in the preceding periods.

Despite this, manufacturing companies are still facing challenges due to weak global demand and pressure from the Swiss franc exchange rate. The SNB noted that moderate growth during the first quarter was mainly driven by the service sector, while manufacturing continued to stagnate. Service sector firms expect robust growth to continue, while manufacturing companies anticipate increases in sales.

The SNB also mentioned that it recently cut its key interest rate for the first time in nine years, which could improve business outlooks. However, manufacturers are struggling to adjust pricing due to exchange rate challenges, putting pressure on their margins. Overall, the report indicates a mixed picture of the economy with different sectors experiencing varying levels of growth and challenges.

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