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Second quarter of 2014

Business investment rate stable at 21.6% in the euro area and 21.9% in the EU28

In the second quarter of 2014, the business investment rate was 21.6% in the euro area, stable compared with the first quarter of 2014. This was the result of stable investment while gross value added remained nearly stable (+0.1%). Total stocks (materials, supplies and finished goods) fell.

These data come from a detailed set of seasonally adjusted quarterly European sector accounts5 released by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, and the European Central Bank (ECB).

In the EU28 the business profit share was 38.2% in the second quarter of 2014, compared with 38.1% in the first quarter of 2014. In the euro area the profit share was 38.4% in the second quarter, compared with 38.7% in the previous quarter. 

The profit share decreased in the euro area as compensation of employees (wages and social contributions) plus taxes less subsidies on production increased faster (+0.5%) than value added (+0.1%). nt rate was 21.9% in the second quarter of 2014, stable compared with the previous quarter. 

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