With a score of + 23 in May, 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 less positive
Consumer confidence in the economic climate is less favourable in May. This component indicator of consumer confidence stands at + 43, down from + 47 in April. Opinions on the economic climate in the coming twelve months as well as in the past twelve months have deteriorated.
Consumers’ willingness to buy has deteriorated marginally: + 10, down from +11 in April. Dutch consumers’ opinions about their personal financial situation in the past twelve months are slightly more negative. Consumers are also less positive about their financial situation in the coming twelve months and about buying expensive, durable items compared to April.