Netherlands Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence in Netherlands increased to -5 in April of 2014 from -7 in March of 2014. Consumer Confidence in Netherlands is reported by the Statistics Netherlands. Consumer Confidence in Netherlands averaged -6.96 from 1986 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 27 in April of 2000 and a record low of -44 in February of 2013. In Netherlands, the Consumer Confidence survey is made by phone and covers 1,000 households. The questions cover the consumer’s assessments on national economy and own financial situation for the past 12 months and expectations for the coming 12 months. The index is then calculated as a difference between the percentage of participants that are optimistic and the share that is pessimistic. Therefore, the index takes a value between -100 (all respondents assess their situation as poor and expect it to become worse) and 100 (all participants are satisfied with the current situation and expect it to improve); 0 indicates neutrality. This page provides - Netherlands Consumer Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-24

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
-5.00 -7.00 27.00 -44.00 -4.14 | 2014/05 1986 - 2014 Monthly


Netherlands Consumer Confidence

CALENDAR GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2014-01-21 08:30 AM Netherlands
Consumer Confidence
Jan 2014 -12 -17 (R) -14 -14.58
2014-02-20 08:30 AM Netherlands
Consumer Confidence
Feb 2014 -10 -12 -10.31
2014-03-20 08:30 AM Netherlands
Consumer Confidence
Mar 2014 -7.0 -10 -10.73
2014-04-18 08:30 AM Netherlands
Consumer Confidence
Apr 2014 -5.0 -7.0 -5.9
2014-05-21 08:30 AM Netherlands
Consumer Confidence
May 2014 -5.0 -4.13
2014-06-20 08:30 AM Netherlands
Consumer Confidence
Jun 2014 -3.37

Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Consumer Confidence -5.00 2014-04-15 -7.00 27.00 -44.00 -4.14 2014-05-31 [+]
Bank Lending Rate 2.40 2014-02-15 2.41 6.26 2.25 2.36 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Consumer Spending 60035.00 2013-11-15 59938.00 64625.00 40834.00 59485.09 2014-03-31 EUR Million [+]
Disposable Personal Income 267295.00 2013-06-30 264151.00 267295.00 85986.00 267477.41 2013-12-31 EUR Million [+]
Personal Savings -664.00 2014-02-28 1332.00 4115.00 -3048.00 -369.08 2014-03-31 EUR Million [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.30 2014-01-31 0.30 3.00 -5.80 -0.19 2014-02-28 Percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 0.10 2014-02-28 0.90 12.10 -10.60 -1.10 2014-03-31 Percent [+]

Consumer Confidence | Notes
Consumer confidence is an indicator designed to measure the degree of optimism that consumers feel about the overall state of the economy and their personal financial situation. How confident people are about stability of their incomes determines their spending activity and therefore serves as one of the key indicators for the overall shape of the economy. If consumer confidence is higher, consumers are making more purchases, boosting the economic expansion. On the other hand, if confidence is lower, consumers tend to save more than they spend, prompting the contraction of the economy.


Dutch Unemployment Rate Falls for the First Time in 2014  
In March of 2014, Netherlands’ seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 8.7 percent from 8.8 percent in the previous month and 8.1 percent a year earlier, as more people left permanently the labor market rather than found jobs.
Dutch Trade Surplus Widens in February to 3-Month High  
The trade surplus increased to EUR 4.5 billion in February of 2014, from a revised EUR 3.9 billion in the previous month, as imports decreased at a faster pace than exports. Compared with a year earlier, the trade surplus widened from EUR 4.2 billion.
Dutch Inflation Rate Falls Further to 4-1/2 Year Low  
Netherlands’ annual inflation rate dropped to 0.8 percent in March of 2014, down from 1.06 percent in the previous month and 2.92 a year earlier. The CPI fell more than expected, reaching the lowest level since June of 2010.
Dutch Economy Expands More Than Expected in Q4  
The Dutch GDP advanced 0.9 percent in the final quarter of 2013, up from a preliminary 0.7 percent expansion, as investment grew faster-than-expected. In 2013, the Netherlands’ economy contracted 0.8 percent.
Dutch Unemployment Rate Rises Further in February  
Netherlands' jobless rate increased to a fresh record high 8.8 percent in February of 2014. The number of unemployed persons edged up by 13 thousand to 691 thousand.
Netherlands Trade Surplus Widens to 10-Month High  
Trade surplus in Netherlands increased to € 4.26 billion in January of 2014 from € 4.05 billion a year earlier, as imports declined. Compared with December of 2013, the trade surplus increased by € 0.77 billion.
Dutch Inflation Rate Slows in February  
Netherlands’ annual inflation eased further to 1.1 percent in February of 2014 from 1.4 percent in January. The inflation is now below the Euro Area average for the first time since September of 2012.
Dutch Unemployment Rate Up to 4-Month High  
In January of 2014, the Netherland’s jobless rate rose for the second straight month to 8.6 percent, up from 8.5 percent in the last month of 2013. In January last year, unemployment was recorded at 7.5 percent.
Dutch Trade Surplus Edges Down in December  
In December, Netherlands’ trade surplus fell to € 3.24 billion, the lowest value in 3 months. The surplus was up by €0.1 billion as exports rose at a faster pace than imports when compared to the previous year.
Dutch Economy Expands 0.7% QoQ in Q4  
In the fourth quarter of 2013, Netherlands' economy grew 0.7 percent quarter-on-quarter, up from 0.3 percent in Q3. Over the full year, the economy contracted 0.8 percent.


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South Africa Inflation Rate Back to 6%  
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Singapore Inflation Rate Edges Up in March  
Annual consumer prices rose 1.2 percent in March of 2014, up from a 0.4 percent increase in February, mainly due to a smaller fall in car prices. Contributions from all other major categories, except accommodation, were also slightly higher.
Australia Inflation Rate Accelerates Further in Q1  
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Mexico Unemployment Rate Up to 4.8% in March  
Mexican unadjusted jobless rate rose to 4.8 percent in March of 2014, up from 4.65 percent in February and 4.51 percent a year earlier. Upon seasonal adjustment, the unemployment rate rose to its highest in more than one year to 5.25 percent.

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