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Consumer confidence rises despite Covid-19 restrictions

New figures have shown that consumer confidence in the UK  has edged up in September despite the rise in Covid-19 restrictions across the country. The data… View Article

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Consumer confidence rises despite Covid-19 restrictions

New figures have shown that consumer confidence in the UK  has edged up in September despite the rise in Covid-19 restrictions across the country.

The data from GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index shows that confidence has increased by two points.

Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “Despite unfavourable double-dip economic headwinds and the threat of a second lockdown, we report an uptick for September as the overall index score climbs to -25 from the near-historic low of -36 in our early June ‘flash’. This means consumer confidence has crept forward for nearly four months now but can this fragile improvement last or is it about to come to a grinding halt?”

The index measuring expectations for the general economic situation over the next 12 months has climbed by four points to -38, while the index for the forecast for personal finances over the same period has remained the same as last month at 1.

The major purchase index has also increased, rising by four points to -21. Howver, this is still 24 points lower than it was in September 2019.

Staton added: “Looking ahead over the rest of 2020 and beyond, keep an eye on our personal finance measure for the coming year and the major purchase intentions of consumers. These reflect how much we intend to spend, shop or invest, all vital considerations for retailers as we enter the ‘golden quarter’ in the run-up to Christmas. However, consumers are as jittery as stock markets right now and as the UK government puts the brakes back on – and there may be more to come – only an unbridled optimist will bet on confidence climbing further.”

Photo by Georgia Hawkins

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