The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This paper reviews economic developments in Switzerland during 1990-95. In the early 1990s, Switzerland experienced an unusually long recession, which bottomed out in the middle of 1993. Since then, the economy has returned to positive growth, with the main impulses coming from commodity exports and private investment. There was renewed growth in gross capital formation of close to 6 percent in 1994, reflecting improved business confidence deriving mainly from growing export orders. Investment in machinery and equipment, in particular, was the sole component of domestic demand to grow strongly.