Dutch consumers more pessimistic in August
The consumer confidence indicator stands at -29, down from -26 in July.
Consumers’ sentiment about the general economic situation has deteriorated, while willingness to buy has remained virtually unchanged.
At -29, the consumer confidence indicator in August stands far below its long-term average over the past two decades (-6).
The indicator reached an all-time high (36) in January 2000 and an all-time low (-41) in March 2013.
Consumers’ sentiment about the general economic situation has deteriorated.
This component indicator stands at -59, down from -51.
Opinions on the economic situation over the past twelve months and for the next twelve months have both deteriorated.
Consumer’ willingness to buy stands at -9, up from -10 in July.
Opinions on their expected financial situation for the next twelve months were less negative.
On the other hand, consumers were slightly more pessimistic about their financial situation over the past twelve months.
Furthermore, they consider this time slightly more unfavourable to make large purchases than in July.
In August, consumers were more pessimistic about future unemployment than in July.
Approximately 89 percent of the respondents expected unemployment to rise, whereas 6 percent anticipated a drop.
As a result, the balance of positive and negative answers stands at -83, the lowest number in over seven years. The all-time low was -88 in March 1993. ■