Dutch consumer confidence improves slightly in April

20/04/2018 15:00
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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the mood among Dutch consumers has improved marginally in April 2018. The consumer confidence indicator stands at + 25, up from + 24 in March. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate are slightly more positive. Willingness to buy also improves marginally.

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.

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.

Infographic, Consumer confidence april 2018

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