Consumer confidence remains low

19/09/2013 09:30

Dutch consumers were just as pessimistic in September as in the preceding month. The consumer confidence index remained stable at -33, after improving 5 points in August.

Consumer confidence

Consumer confidence

In September, Dutch consumers were somewhat more negative about the economic climate in the next 12 months than in August. Their opinions about the economic climate in the past 12 months did not change. On balance, the component indicator economic climate dropped 2 points to -44.

Consumers’ expectations about their own financial situation in the next 12 months were more negative than in August, but they thought the time was less unfavourable to buy expensive items, like washing machines and TV sets. Their opinions about their own financial situation in the past 12 months hardly changed. On balance, the component indicator willingness-to-buy remained stable at -26.

Consumer confidence, seasonally adjusted

Consumer confidence, seasonally adjusted

More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.

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