With a score of + 24 in March, 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 over a year now.
Mood about economic climate slightly more positive
Consumer confidence in the economic climate was somewhat more favourable in March. This component indicator of consumer confidence stands at + 45, up from + 43 in February. Opinions on the economic climate in the coming twelve months as well as in the past twelve months have improved.
Consumers’ willingness to buy remains unchanged at +10, just as in February. Dutch consumers’ opinions about their personal financial situation have hardly changed in March and are equally positive about buying expensive, durable items as in February.