Netherlands Consumer Confidence March 2020


Netherlands: Consumer sentiment stays pessimistic in March

March 20, 2020

At the close of the first quarter, consumer confidence was stable at February’s minus 2. While highlighting lingering pessimism among Dutch households, as the index remained below the neutral zero-mark, the print came in above the long-term average of minus 5.

The headline figure reflected worsening attitudes regarding the economic climate over the next 12 months, likely linked to the coronavirus wreaking havoc across Europe. This was offset by a greater willingness to buy, as households grew more optimistic about their financial situation and consumers considered the current situation to be more suited to purchase big-ticket items.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see private consumption expanding 1.6% in 2020, which is unchanged from last month’s estimate. In 2021, the panel expects private consumption to grow 1.5%.

Author:, Economist

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Note: Value of consumer confidence indicator index. The 0-point threshold separates optimistic from pessimistic sentiment.
Source: Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

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