For most respondents, the Netherlands and the adjacent countries remain by far the biggest sales markets. In 2015, only 54% of respondents indicated that they saw the Netherlands as their key sales market. This year, the percentage rose to over 80%. However, with their internal affairs in order, companies also start to look for growth opportunities abroad. Almost half of all respondents expect to find the biggest sales markets abroad in the future. Economic recovery in the USA is a basis for many respondents to expect growing sales in North America in the future. Although the sales growth in Eastern Europe was forecast at 10% in 2015, only 3% of respondents indicates short-term sales growth is expected in that region. The outlook for the region, however, still remains positive. Where 2016 forecasts for Asia were slightly tempered due to disappointing economic figures for China and some other Asian countries, significantly higher market growth is expected in the future. In particular the energy sector is expecting to achieve a clear foothold in India in the next few years. 21% of respondents in the energy sector indicates seeing India as a key market in the future.