Consumer mood negative for the first time in 4 years

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
For the first time since March 2015, the mood among Dutch consumers is negative, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The consumer confidence indicator stands at -2 in February, down from 1 in January. Opinions of Dutch consumers on the economic climate as well as their willingness to buy have deteriorated slightly.

With a score of -2 in February, the consumer confidence indicator still remains 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
2015March7
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
November22
December25
2018January24
February23
March24
April25
May23
June23
July23
August21
September19
October15
November13
December9
2019January1
February-2

Opinions on economic climate less positive and willingness to buy deteriorating

In February, Dutch consumers are less positive about the economic climate than in January. This component indicator of consumer confidence has dropped from 3 to 1. Opinions on the economic climate in the past twelve months as well as in the coming twelve months have deteriorated.

Consumers’ willingness to buy has also deteriorated in February : -3, down from -1 in January. Consumers are more negative about their personal financial situation in the past 12 months and about buying expensive, durable items.

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