Dutch consumers slightly less positive

According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the mood among Dutch consumers is slightly less positive in August than in July. The consumer confidence indicator drops 2 points and stands at 21. Dutch consumers are less optimistic about the economic climate. Willingness to buy remains unchanged.

With a score of 21 in August, the consumer confidence indicator is still 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 been above 20 since the end of 2016.

Consumer confidence, seasonally adjusted (average of the component questions)
 balance
2014 September-2
2014 October1
2014 November-2
2014 December-4
2015 January-2
2015 February-1
2015 March7
2015 April10
2015 May11
2015 June14
2015 July13
2015 August13
2015 September11
2015 October12
2015 November14
2015 December13
2016 January11
2016 February6
2016 March2
2016 April6
2016 May7
2016 June11
2016 July9
2016 August9
2016 September12
2016 October17
2016 November20
2016 December21
2017 January21
2017 February22
2017 March24
2017 April26
2017 May23
2017 June23
2017 July25
2017 August26
2017 September23
2017 October23
2017 November23
2017 December25
2018 January24
2018 February23
2018 March24
2018 April25
2018 May23
2018 June23
2018 July23
2018 August21

Dutch consumers less positive about the economic climate

In August, Dutch consumers are less positive about the economic climate than in July. This component indicator of consumer confidence has dropped from 43 to 40. Opinions on both the economic climate in the past twelve months and the economic climate in the coming twelve months are less positive than in July.

Consumers’ willingness to buy has not changed and still stands at 9 in August. Consumer opinions on both their personal financial situation and on purchasing expensive, durable items have hardly changed.

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