Consumer confidence rises despite Goverment spending review
Consumer confidence rose in October despite forecasts that it would drop to 14-month low ahead of the Government's auterity measures.
The GfK consumer confidence index reached -19 points in October 2010 following -20 the previous month. This result is slightly higher than the -22 expected.
Nick Moon, MD of GfK NOP Social Research, comments: “As with this week’s economic growth figures, this small rise in consumer confidence for October is really only the prelude to what happens next. Confidence has remained reasonably consistent since June but this could change as the public comprehends the full impact of the Government’s cuts. Should November’s figures show a significant drop, it would suggest that a double-dip recession had become more likely.
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