Dutch consumers less pessimistic

19/04/2013 09:30

Dutch consumers were less negative in April than in March. The consumer confidence indicator climbed 6 points to -35. In March, the mood had also been less negative than in the preceding month, but, prior to these improvements, confidence had reached the lowest level ever recorded. Consumer confidence still remains very low.

Consumer confidence

Consumer confidence

Dutch consumers were considerably less pessimistic in April about the economic climate in the next 12 months than in March. Their opinions on the economic climate over the past 12 months were also somewhat less negative. On balance, the component indicator economic climate rose 8 points to -53.

Consumers were also less pessimistic about their own financial situation than in the preceding month, but they thought the time was just about as unfavourable to buy expensive items like washing machines and TV sets. The component indicator willingness-to-buy improved 5 points to reach -23.

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 dossier Business cycle.

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