In February 2017 companies representing 18.4 % of industry expected their overall economic situation to improve in the next six months. A deterioration was expected by 6.6 % of the sector. The balance expressing the difference between responses favoring improvement and deterioration changed from 10.8 percentage points in January to -11.8 p.p. In February 2016 the balance was 10.2 p.p. This is based on the Czech Statistical Office’s (ČSÚ) business opinion survey.