Household consumption 2 percent up in November

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According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Dutch household consumption was 2 percent up in November 2018 on November 2017. The growth rate was somewhat higher than in the previous month. In November 2018, consumers mainly spent more on durable goods.

The CBS Consumption Radar shows that circumstances for Dutch household consumption in January are, on balance, less favourable than in November.

Consumption figures have been adjusted for price changes and differences in the shopping-day pattern.

Domestic household consumption (volume, adjusted for shopping days) (year-on-year % change)
2014 December0.6
2015 January2
2015 February2
2015 March2.1
2015 April1.7
2015 May1.3
2015 June2.3
2015 July1.5
2015 August1.4
2015 September2.2
2015 October1.7
2015 November0.8
2015 December0.8
2016 January0.7
2016 February0.4
2016 March1.1
2016 April0.4
2016 May1.9
2016 June0.7
2016 July2.4
2016 August1.5
2016 September1.1
2016 October2.6
2016 November2.8
2016 December2.5
2017 January3.4
2017 February1.5
2017 March1.7
2017 April2.6
2017 May2.5
2017 June2.3
2017 July2.2
2017 August1.9
2017 September2.6
2017 October1.8
2017 November2.4
2017 December1.3
2018 January1.9
2018 February3
2018 March3.2
2018 April3.3
2018 May2
2018 June2.6
2018 July2.9
2018 August2.3
2018 September2.2
2018 October1.7
2018 November2

Dutch households mainly spend more on household appliances

In October, consumers spent almost 3 percent more on on durable goods. Spending on household appliances and clothing was up in particular. However, consumers spent considerably less on cars. Consumer spending on the category ‘other goods’, such as petrol and natural gas, was up by almost 3 percent as well. Consumers spent 1 percent more on food, beverages and tobacco.

Last week, CBS reported that retail turnover was over 4 percent up in November year-on-year. The volume of sales increased by 3.2 percent. This figure was also adjusted for the shopping-day pattern.

Consumer spending on services - accounting for over half of total domestic consumer expenditure - rose by almost 2 percent in November 2018 year-on-year. These services include insurance premiums, house rent, public transportation and visits to restaurants or hairdressers.

Domestic household consumption by category (volume, adjusted for shopping days), November 2018 (year-on-year % change)
Other goods (e.g. gas)2.8
Durable consumer goods2.6
Food, drinks and tobacco1

Consumer climate in January less favourable than in November

CBS publishes figures about circumstances for household consumption on a monthly basis in the CBS Consumption Radar. Household consumption is affected by consumers’ expectations, their personal financial situation and developments on the labour market. Although the Radar indicators show a strong correlation with household consumption, improved circumstances are not necessarily translated into increased growth.

According to the CBS Consumption Radar, circumstances for Dutch household consumption in January are less favourable than in November.Manufacturers’ expectations on future employment were less positive, while consumer confidence deteriorated further.


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