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UBS consumption indicator: fewer cars, but encouraging Christmas season

Zurich/Basel Media Releases Switzerland

The UBS consumption indicator fell slightly in November from 1.32 to 1.29 points. Fewer new car registrations are weighing on consumption, but on the positive side, Christmas retail business has apparently made a good start.

Zurich/Basel, 29 December 2014 – Seasonally adjusted registrations of new cars in November fell by 7% against the previous month. New car registrations have been skidding for the past two and a half years, and the past month did nothing to provide better traction. Before the introduction of stricter CO2 guidelines in June 2012, car dealers had sold a particularly high number of new cars, which has since had a negative effect on the sale of new vehicles.

In the retail industry, Christmas business appears to be off to a good start. At least retailers' mood has improved again after the crash in recent months. The index for the assessment of business conditions rose from -8 to 3 points in November. This means the optimists among retailers are again in the majority for the first time since July and are preventing a stronger decline in the consumption indicator.

Sources: Seco, UBS



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