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Swedish households and builders upbeat for 2005

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Swedish households and construction companies are upbeat about next year although the previously heated industrial business climate has substantially cooled down, according to the National Institute of Economic Research (NIER) in its latest barometer.

An increasing number of households believe more jobs will be created next year. Inflation expectations declined sharply in December, and households now see prices rising modestly at 1.3 per cent. This shows that households are confident that the Riksbank will keep inflation low in the future.

The construction sector has also begun to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Order intake has risen over the past months, and with the expected spike in building activity, companies are seen hiring new workers, albeit at a modest rate.

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Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Industri

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