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

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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