Attitudes towards Indonesia's economy have changed rapidly from positive to negative. Although it should not be forgotten that the country's economy is still growing at a relatively fast pace (around six percent), Indonesia is plagued by several issues that have caused foreigners to pull money out from Indonesia. This can be seen in falling stock indices and the weakening rupiah. Only one month ago, Nielsen Indonesia published that Indonesia's middle class was the world's most optimistic middle class segment in the second quarter of 2013. Many Asian countries were among the top ten of that Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions index. Now, however, the momentum has shifted back from emerging economies to the developed economies because the western world, particularly the United States, shows signs of continued economic recovery.

¹ A score above 100 points indicates consumers' optimistic view about the economy