According to the report from Gfk, as 2021 begins, consumer confidence in Germany is suffering under the strict lockdown. Propensity to buy is in freefall, while both economic and income expectations have registered moderate declines. As a result, GfK is forecasting a decrease of 15.6 points in consumer sentiment for February 2021, down 8.1 points from January this year (revised to 7.5 points). Economists had expected a decrease to -7.9.
In addition to the moderate decrease in income expectations, the renewed slump in consumer sentiment in Germany is due largely to the collapse of propensity to buy.
"The closure of the restaurant trade and large portions of the retail sector in mid-December 2020 has had a similarly damaging effect on consumer spending as that of the first lockdown last spring. At present, propensity to buy is at zero points. This is a decrease of 36.6 points on the previous month, which is comparable to the drop of 36 points recorded during the first lockdown in April 2020," says Rolf Bürkl, consumer expert at GfK.
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