With an index value of -8 points, Swiss consumer sentiment in April 2017 is virtually at its long-term average, having been slightly more optimistic in January (-3 points). While expectations for overall economic developments are above average in April, they are less positive than they were in January. Expectations concerning the financial situation and savings possibilities of domestic households are also marginally bleaker. Compared with the last 18 months, however, consumer sentiment remains robust.
The consumer sentiment index from April 2017 stands at -8 points and therefore more or less at its long-term average (-9 points). This corresponds to a marginal downturn on January 2017 (-3 points), albeit at a relatively high level, with the consumer sentiment index having recorded significantly lower values throughout the six preceding quarters.
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