KBC Ireland Irish Consumer Sentiment
Sustained slide in Irish consumer sentiment points to major reassessment of economic and financial conditions.
The KBC Bank Ireland Irish Consumer Sentiment Index slipped again in May for the fourth consecutive month. The previous four occasions this has happened in the twenty-six-year history of the survey reflected circumstances in which consumers faced marked difficulties in assessing potentially momentous changes in economic conditions. The last time the survey slipped for four consecutive months was in the summer of 2019 amid concerns over Brexit.
The current slippage follows the conflict in Ukraine and electricity/gas price hikes of 15-40% implemented by energy providers in the past two months. However, credit/debit card and Retail Sales data do not yet point to any material slowdown in spending, with expenditure on hard hit sectors such as accommodation and hospitality still recovering in May.