In December, the number of business services providers expecting turnover to increase outnumbered those expecting a decline. Although the majority (+3 percent) was less distinct than in November (+6 percent), it was obviously larger than in the first eight months of 2009.
In December 2009, Dutch manufacturers were more pessimistic than in November. The producer confidence index fell from -5.6 to -8.6.
Consumers are less pessimistic. The consumer confidence index rose from -14 in November to -11 in December.
Investment spending foreseen for 2010 is much less negative than that in 2009. Manufacturers anticipate a limited decrease of 1 percent.
In November 2009, the number of Dutch business services providers expecting their turnover to increase outnumbered those expecting a decline.
In November, Dutch manufacturers were less pessimistic than in October. The producer confidence index rose from -7.8 to -5.6.
The mood among consumers has lifted. Consumer confidence improved from -19 in October to -14 in November. Consumers’ opinions on the economic situation in the next twelve months were far more positive.
In October, Dutch manufacturers were less negative than in September. The producer confidence index rose from -9.8 to -7.8.
In October 2009, the number of Dutch business service providers expecting their turnover to increase outnumbered those expecting a decline.
Dutch consumers were slightly more pessimistic in October than in September. Consumer confidence fell from -17 to -19. The decrease is mainly the result of more pessimistic opinions on the economic situation in the future.
In September 2009, on balance, 20 percent of Dutch business service providers expected their future output to increase.
Dutch consumer confidence remains unchanged in September 2009. The indicator still stands at -17, after the sharp increase by 7 points in August.
In August 2009, Dutch providers of business services were less low-spirited than in previous months. The number of entrepreneurs expecting future turnover to decrease only just (by 2 percent) outnumbered those expecting an increase.
In August, Dutch manufacturers were clearly less negative than in July. The producer confidence index stood at -9.3, as against -14.8 in July 2009. This indicator shows a clear recovery after an all-time low in February.
Consumer confidence increased strongly in August. The indicator rose from -24 in July to -17 in August. Consumers were especially less pessimistic about the economic situation in the twelve months to come.
In July 2009, Dutch providers of business services were still pessimistic. On balance, 25 percent of them expect to generate a lower turnover in the next three months.
In July, Dutch manufacturers were just as low-spirited as in the preceding month. The producer confidence index stood at -14.8, as against -15,0 in June. The mood gradually improved after an all-time low in February, but it still remains very negative.
For the second month running, consumer confidence remained unchanged. The indicator stood at -24 in July 2009. This means pessimists still clearly outnumbered optimists in the Netherlands.