With a score of + 25 in April, 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.
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Mood about economic climate slightly more positive
Consumer confidence in the economic climate is somewhat more favourable in April. This component indicator of consumer confidence stands at + 47, up from + 45 in March. Opinions on the economic climate in the past twelve months have improved, but remain the same for the coming twelve months.
Consumers’ willingness to buy has improved marginally: + 11, up from + 10 in March. Dutch consumers’ opinions about their personal financial situation have hardly changed in April and are slightly more positive about buying expensive, durable items compared to March.