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
2014 M1
2014 A4
2014 M6
2014 J6
2014 J5
2014 A2
2014 S-2
2014 O1
2014 N-2
2014 D-4
2015 J-2
2015 F-1
2015 M7
2015 A10
2015 M11
2015 J14
2015 J13
2015 A13
2015 S11
2015 O12
2015 N14
2015 D13
2016 J11
2016 F6
2016 M2
2016 A6
2016 M7
2016 J11
2016 J9
2016 A9
2016 S12
2016 O17
2016 N20
2016 D21
2017 J21
2017 F22
2017 M24
2017 A26
2017 M23
2017 J23
2017 J25
2017 A26
2017 S23
2017 O23
2017 N23
2017 D25
2018 J24
2018 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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