Consumer confidence, economic climate and willingness to buy

Consumer confidence, economic climate and willingness to buy

Periods Economic climate (average balance of the subquestions) Economic situation last 12 months (balance of positive and negative answers) Economic situation next 12 months (balance of positive and negative answers)
2021 February -41 -72 -9
2021 March -39 -77 -1
2021 April -32 -71 8
2021 May -24 -62 14
2021 June -12 -54 31
2021 July -10 -46 25
2021 August -11 -38 15
2021 September -8 -30 14
2021 October -14 -30 2
2021 November -28 -38 -17
2021 December -38 -50 -27
2022 January -43 -55 -31
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains the (seasonally) adjusted figures on opinions and expectations of Dutch consumers on general economic developments and their own financial situation. The indicators of consumer confidence, economic climate and willingness are based on these opinions and expectations. The consumer survey is partially financed by the European Commission.

Data available from:
April 1986

Status of the figures:
Figures up until December 2017 are final. Every February the figures of the months January until December of the previous two years are adjusted. As a result, the figures of the twelve months two years before February become final, the figures of twelve months of the year before February remain provisional for another year. Adjustments are usually modest.

Changes as of 20 January 2022.
The figures of January 2022 are added.

When will new figures be published?
New monthly figures will be published on 18 February 2022.

Description topics

Economic climate
Consumer confidence indicator

The consumer confidence indicator is the average of the (seasonally) adjusted balances of positive and negative answering options, measured as percentage points of the total answers to the questions on the economic situation of the last and upcoming 12 months.

The indicator has a range between minus 100 (every balance is negative) and plus 100 (every balance is positive). If the indicator has a value of zero, the shares of optimists and pessimists are equal.
Economic situation last 12 months
The (seasonally adjusted) balance of positive and negative answering options, measured as percentage points of the total answers to the question: How do you think the general economic situation in the country has changed over the past 12 months?
The balance is adjusted for seasonal effects and statistical noise, making use of the information of the entire length of the time series. The indicator has a range between minus 100 (every answer is negative) and plus 100 (every answer is positive). If the indicator has a value of zero, the shares of optimists and pessimists is equal.

Economic situation next 12 months
The (seasonally adjusted) balance of positive and negative answering options, measured as percentage points of the total answers to the question: How do you expect the general economic situation in this country to develop over the next 12 months?
The balance is adjusted for seasonal effects and statistical noise, making use of the information of the entire length of the time series. The indicator has a range between minus 100 (every answer is negative) and plus 100 (every answer is positive). If the indicator has a value of zero, the shares of optimists and pessimists is equal.