No further recovery of consumer sentiment
Bern, 05.11.2020 - Consumer sentiment in Switzerland has largely been stagnating since the summer. All sub-indices used for the calculation are still below their long-term average and none have improved significantly compared to this summer’s survey. Economic development and the situation on the labour market are seen as unfavourable.
As of October, the consumer sentiment index stands at –13 points, almost at the same level as in July (–12 points). The sentiment remains gloomy, coming in well below the long-term average of –5 points.
Expectations regarding general economic development have made little improvement compared to July, with the relevant sub-index standing at –14 points, indicating below-average momentum in the economy. Consumers were noticeably more negative in their rating of economic development in the last twelve months (–94 points) than in the previous survey.
The situation on the labour market is assessed as very unfavourable. The index on expected unemployment (112 points) remains close to the historic level reached during the financial and economic crisis. Job security (–122 points) has also received a worse assessment than in the previous survey for the third time in a row.
Respondents tended to make more negative statements about their own budget situation than in the summer. While expectations regarding their own financial situation (–7 points) have largely stagnated, the index on the financial situation in the last twelve months (–15 points) has dropped slightly. Both indices are significantly below their long-term average.
Accordingly, the likelihood of making major purchases remains well below average, with the relevant sub-index standing at –16 points. A key reason for this may be the high level of uncertainty.
Address for enquiries
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Tel. +41 58 462 56 56
Fax +41 58 462 56 00
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
Last modification 18.12.2020
We kindly request you to address your written media enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Communications and Media Spokesperson
Tel. +41 58 463 52 75
Deputy Head of Communications and Media Spokesperson
Tel. +41 58 462 40 20
Livia Willi Yéré
Tel. +41 58 469 69 28