In April 2013, households’ confidence was stableMonthly consumer confidence survey - April 2013

In April 2013, households’ confidence about the economic situation was stable: The synthetic confidence remained at the level of March. It was still below its long term average.

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Paru le : 26/04/2013
Prochaine parution le : 05/01/2018 at 08:45 - December 2017

In April 2013, households’ confidence about the economic situation was stable: The synthetic confidence remained at the level of March. It was still below its long term average.

Personal situation

Financial situation: almost stable

In April, households appreciation of their past financial situation slightly increased (+2 points) while their opinion on their future financial situation was almost stable (–1 point). Their opinion on the timeliness to make major purchases was almost stable (+1 point). These three balances remained clearly below their long term averages.

Savings: decreasing

Households’ opinion about their current saving capacity decreased in April (–3 points). Their opinion about their savings capacity in the next 12 months was almost stable (–1 point).

Households were less numerous in April than in March to think that it was a suitable moment to save (–4 points). This balance remained however clearly beyond its long–term average.

Graph1_english – Consumer synthetic index

Tab_eng – CONSUMER OPINION: synthetic index and opinion balances

Balance of responses, seasonally ajusted
CONSUMER OPINION: synthetic index and opinion balances
2013
Average (1) Jan. Feb. March April
Synthetic index (2) 100 85 86 84 84
Financial sit., past 12 m. –19 –29 –27 –30 –28
Financial sit., next 12 m. –4 –24 –23 –24 –25
Current saving capacity 8 18 20 18 15
Expected saving capacity –10 –1 0 –3 –4
Savings intentions, next 12 m. 18 36 30 36 32
Major purchases intentions, next 12 m. –14 –30 –31 –30 –29
General economic sit., past 12 m. –43 –69 –72 –74 –76
General economic sit., next 12 m. –23 –56 –55 –61 –62
Unemployment, next 12 m. 32 69 72 76 74
Consumer prices, past 12 m. –13 –7 –11 –14 –18
Consumer prices, next 12 m. –34 –19 –24 –18 –23
  • (1) Average value between January 1987 and December 2012
  • (2) This indicator is normalised in such a way that its average equals 100 and standard error equals 10 over the estimation period (1987-2012).
  • Economic situation in France

General economic situation in France: decreasing

In April, households’ opinion about the expected general economic situation in France decreased anew (–1 point), and was at its historically lowest level. Their opinion about past general economic situation also decreased (–2 points). It remained clearly below its long-term average.

Future unemployment: expectations decreasing

In April, households were less numerous to forecast an increase in unemployment. The corresponding balance lost 2 points with respect to March but remained widely above its long-term average.

Inflation’s appreciation: decreasing too

In April, households were less numerous than in March to estimate that past inflation increased. The corresponding balance lost 4 points, and 22 points with respect to September 2012. The balance was below its long-term average. Moreover, households were more numerous to estimate that future inflation will decrease (–5 points). However, the corresponding balance remained above its long-term average.

Graph2_english – Balances on personnal financial situation and general economic situation

chomage_en – Households' unemployment expectations

prix_en – Households' perception of prices

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