Household consumption radar

The Household Consumption Radar is an instrument developed by Statistics Netherlands to analyse developments in consumption by Dutch households and place them in some sort of context. Using six indicators – selected on the basis of an econometric study - the radar monitors whether circumstances have developed favourably or unfavourably for Dutch consumption.

Source: Statistics Netherlands
Inside the dotted line: less favourable than average.

Outside the dotted line: more favourable than average.

Conditions for consumption less favourable

In April 2019, conditions for Dutch household consumption are less favourable than in March. New data have become available for all indicators. Two indicators improved and four indicators deteriorated. Household consumption is affected by consumers’ expectations, their personal financial situation and developments on the job market. Although the Radar indicators show a strong correlation with household consumption, improved circumstances are not necessarily translated into increased growth.

The increase of share prices relative to one year previously improved. Consumers were slightly less negative about their financial future. On the other hand, the year-on-year increase of house prices and the growth of the employed labour force were less substantial than in the previous month. Also manufacturers were less positive about future employment and consumers’ expectations on unemployment also were less positive.

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