In April 2009, Dutch household spending was 3.6 percent lower than in April 2008. The decrease was somewhat larger than in February and March, as a result of a substantial drop in gas consumption. Consumption figures are adjusted for price changes and differences in the shopping-day pattern.
Spending on goods was down by more than 6 percent. Spending on durable consumer goods dropped by 7 percent. Households obviously cut spending on new cars, household appliances and furniture. Only spending on clothing and shoes increased relative to April 2008. Due to the relatively mild weather, gas consumption dropped sharply. Consumers skimped on food, drinks and tobacco for the eleventh month running. In April, the volume was nearly 2 percent smaller. Spending on services was reduced by 1 percent.
Domestic household consumption (volume)