Consumer confidence unchanged

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
According to Statistics Netherlands (CBS), consumer confidence has not changed in May. The consumer confidence indicator stands at -3, just as in April. Opinions on the economic climate have improved slightly, while willingness to buy has remained the same.

At -3, the consumer confidence indicator in May stands at 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
2015June14
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
March -4
April-3
May-3

Opinions on economic climate improves slightly, willingness to buy unchanged

The component indicator on Economic climate has improved slightly: from -3 in April to -2 in May. In May, consumers are slightly less positive about the economic climate in the past twelve months while their outlook for the coming twelve months is slightly less negative.

Consumers’ willingness to buy remains at -3. Consumers have not changed their opinions about their financial situation but do find the time slightly more favourable to make large purchases.

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