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 household consumption more favourable

In April, conditions for Dutch household consumption were more favourable than in the previous month. New data have become available for six indicators. Four indicators improved, one deteriorated and one remained the same. 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 year-on-year increase of the share prices was larger. The year-on-year incline of owner-occupied dwellings and the year-on-year growth of the employed labour force were larger. Consumers were more positive about their financial situation in the next twelve months, but more pessimistic about future unemployment. The opinion of manufacturers about future employment in their company remained the same.

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