Mood among Dutch consumers improves marginally

21/01/2013 09:30

Dutch consumers were less negative in January 2013 than in December 2012. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 4 points to -35. Consumers were less pessimistic about the economic climate in particular, but their willingness-to-buy also improved. Yet, the consumer confidence indicator remains at a low level.

Consumer confidence

Consumer confidence

Consumers were far less negative about the economic climate over the next twelve months in January 2013 than in the preceding month. The indicator climbed 11 points. Consumers’ opinions on the economic climate over the past twelve months remained unchanged. On balance, the component indicator economic climate rose by 6 points in January to reach -58.

The mood among Dutch consumers with respect to their own financial situation also lifted in January, but their opinions about whether the time is favourable to buy expensive items did not change. The component indicator willingness to buy, improved by 3 points and reached -20. This means that consumers’ willingness-to-buy is still at a very low level.

Consumer confidence, seasonally adjusted

Consumer confidence, seasonally adjusted

For more information on Dutch consumer confidence, also see Statistics Netherlands’ online video on YouTube.

More figures can be found in the Business cycle dossier.

For more information on economic indicators, the reader is referred to the Economic Monitor.