Household spending almost 2 percent up in June

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According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Dutch consumers spent 1.7 percent more in June 2019 than in June 2018. This is a lower growth rate than in the previous month. Consumers spent mainly more on clothing, home furnishings and household appliances.

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

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)
Year MonthChange
2015July1.5
August1.4
September2.2
October1.7
November0.8
December0.8
2016January0.7
February0.4
March1.1
April0.4
May1.9
June0.7
July2.4
August1.5
September1.1
October2.6
November2.8
December2.5
2017January3.4
February1.5
March1.7
April2.6
May2.5
June2.3
July2.2
August1.9
September2.6
October1.8
November2.4
December1.3
2018January1.9
February3
March3.2
April3.2
May2.1
June2.6
July2.9
August2.3
September2.2
October2.1
November2.4
December2.5
2019January1.1
February1
March1
April1.8
May2.6
June1.7

Spending on durable goods up in particular

In June, consumers spent 4.0 percent more on durable goods than in the same month last year, mainly on clothing, home furnishings and household appliances. Purchases of new cars were down again, however.

Consumers spent 0.3 percent more on food, beverages and tobacco than one year previously. However, spending on other goods such as energy and motor fuels was down by 1.0 percent year-on-year. Last week, CBS reported that retail turnover was 2.8 percent up in June year-on-year. The volume of sales increased by 2.4 percent. These figures were also adjusted for the shopping-day pattern.

Consumer spending on services – which accounts for over half of total domestic consumer expenditure - rose by 1.7 percent in June 2019 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), June 2019 (year-on-year % change)
 change
Durable consumer goods4
Services1.7
Food, drinks and tobacco0.3
Other goods (e.g. gas)-1
Total1.7

Consumer climate in August less favourable than in June

Every month, CBS publishes figures about circumstances for household consumption in the CBS Consumption Radar. Household consumption is influenced by factors such as 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 August are less favourable than in June. This is mainly because consumers’ expectations about future unemployment were less positive. In addition, manufacturers were less optimistic about future employment in their sector and the year-on-year increase in the employed labour force was slightly smaller than in the previous month.

The figures presented in this news release are provisional and subject for revision.

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