Dutch consumers again less positive

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According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the mood among Dutch consumers in December 2018 is less positive for the fifth consecutive month. The consumer confidence indicator drops 4 points and stands at 9. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate are less positive. Willingness to buy also deteriorates.

With a score of 9 in December, the consumer confidence indicator remains 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, seasonally adjusted (average of the component questions)
YearMonthbalance
2015January-2
February-1
March7
April10
May11
June14
July13
August13
September11
October12
November14
December13
2016January11
February6
March2
April6
May7
June11
July9
August9
September12
October17
November20
December21
2017January21
February22
March24
April26
May23
June23
July25
August26
September23
October23
November23
December25
2018January24
February23
March24
April25
May23
June23
July23
August21
September19
October15
November13
December9

Opinions on economic climate less positive and willingness to buy deteriorates

In December, Dutch consumers are again less positive about the economic climate. This component indicator of consumer confidence has dropped from 24 to 17. Opinions on the economic climate in the past twelve months as well as in the coming twelve months are less positive than in November.

Consumers’ willingness to buy has deteriorated in December: 3, down from 5 in November. Consumers are less positive about their personal financial situation and buying expensive, durable items.

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