With a score of + 8, consumer confidence is significantly above its long-term average over the past two decades (- 8). The indicator reached an all-time high in April 2000 (+ 27) and an all-time low in February 2013 (- 44).
Consumers much more optimistic about the economic climate
In September, Dutch consumers are much more positive about the economy in general than in August. The component indicator economic climate has risen to + 18 in September, up from + 7 in August. Consumers are much more optimistic about the economic situation in the past and next 12 months.
Consumers’ willingness to buy is also improving in September, compared to the preceding month. This component indicator of consumer confidence currently stands at + 2, versus - 2 in August. This is because consumers are less negative about their personal financial situation and because they think it is a better time to buy expensive, durable items.