The CBS Consumption Radar shows that circumstances for Dutch household consumption in February are, on balance, more favourable than in December.
Consumption figures have been adjusted for price changes and differences in the shopping-day pattern.
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Spending on cars, appliances and home furnishing up in particular
In December, consumers spent 8.8 percent more on durable goods than in the same month one year previously, mainly on cars, electrical appliances and home furnishings. Consumer spending on food, beverages and tobacco rose by 1.5 percent. On other goods, such as natural gas and motor fuels, they spent 0.7 percent more than in November 2018.
Last week, CBS reported that the Dutch retail sector achieved year-on-year turnover growth of 5.1 percent in December 2019. The volume of sales increased by 4.2 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 1.9 percent in December year-on-year. These services include insurance premiums, house rent, public transportation and visits to restaurants or hairdressers.
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|Food, drinks and tobacco||1.5|
|Other goods (e.g. gas)||0.7|
Consumer climate in February more favourable than in December
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 February are more favourable than in December. This is due to the fact that manufacturers were more positive about future employment in their companies and the year-on-year increase in the employed labour force was higher. Furthermore, consumers’ expectations on future unemployment were more positive.