National economic wealth in 2015A modest rebound
At the end of 2015, national economic wealth stood at €13,585 billion, or 7.6 times the net domestic product for the year. After a downturn in 2014 (–1.8% in constant euros), it picked up and gained 1.3% in 2015, no longer affected by housing prices. Household wealth increased substantially after a year of weak growth (+2.4% after +0.4% in 2014) and non-financial wealth, consisting mainly of buildings and land, bounced back after a slight fall (+1.2% after –1.4%). Household financial wealth picked up, driven both by significant flows of investments and a sharp increase in stock prices. In 2015, the equity of non-financial corporations also accelerated (+6.7% after +4.2%), mainly due to the valuation of shares held. In addition, these corporations invested more and increased their inventories. Lastly, the net wealth of general government continued its strong decline and stood at only €267 billion at the end of 2015.