With a score of + 23 in June, the consumer confidence indicator is significantly above its long-term average over the past two decades (- 3). The indicator reached an all-time high in January 2000 (+ 36) and an all-time low in March 2013 (- 41).
Willingness to buy improves, mood about economic climate hardly changes
Consumers’ willingness to buy shows some improvement in June. This component indicator of consumer confidence now stands at + 10, up from + 8 in May. Consumers are more positive about their personal financial situation and they think it is a better time to buy expensive, durable items.
Consumer confidence in the economic climate hardly changed. This component indicator stands at + 44, as against + 45 in May.
As of April, a revised set of data on consumer confidence, economic climate and willingness to buy is available. This revised set will be based on new observation methods and will cover the period from April 1986 onwards.