The mood among consumers has deteriorated in April. The consumer confidence indicator stands at -15, against -12 in March. Consumers were clearly more pessimistic about the future. The indicator reflecting consumer opinions on the economic climate in the next twelve months dropped by 13 points, while the indicator reflecting their opinions on their own financial situation fell by 10 points.
The willingness-to-buy-indicator was 5 points lower in April than in March. Not only were consumers more pessimistic about their own financial situation in the next 12 months, they also considered it a less favourable time to purchase expensive items. Their opinions on their own financial situation in the past 12 months hardly altered.
Consumer opinions on the economic climate remained stable. Whereas views about the economic climate in the next twelve months were far more negative than in March, opinions on the economic climate in the past twelve months improved substantially.