Dutch consumers equally positive in February

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the mood among Dutch consumers has hardly changed in February 2018. The consumer confidence indicator stands at + 23, down from + 24 in January. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate and willingness to buy are slightly less positive.

With a score of + 23 in February, 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). Consumer confidence has fluctuated between + 23 and + 26 for nearly a year now.

Consumer confidence, seasonally adjusted (average of the component questions)
   balance
2014M1
A4
M6
J6
J5
A2
S-2
O1
N-2
D-4
2015J-2
F-1
M7
A10
M11
J14
J13
A13
S11
O12
N14
D13
2016J11
F6
M2
A6
M7
J11
J9
A9
S12
O17
N20
D21
2017J21
F22
M24
A26
M23
J23
J25
A26
S23
O23
N23
D25
2018J24
F23

Mood about economic climate slightly less positive

Consumer confidence in the economic climate was somewhat less favourable in February. This component indicator of consumer confidence stands at + 43, down from + 45 in January. Opinions on the economic climate in the coming twelve months as well as in the past twelve months have deteriorated slightly.

Consumers’ willingness to buy has decreased slightly in February as well. This component indicator of consumer confidence stands at + 10, down from + 11 in January. Consumers are slightly less positive about their personal financial situation, but are equally positive about buying expensive, durable items.

Consumer confidence

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