UK consumer confidence drops by 4 points in Jan: GfK

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German data analytics company GfK’s long-running UK consumer confidence index decreased by four points to minus 19 in January. All measures were down in comparison to the December 17 announcement. “The UK’s financial pulse weakened further this January driven by concerns over personal finances and the general economic situation,” GfK client strategy director Joe Staton said.

“All five measures are down in January and the picture on the economy is especially bad with an eight-point decrease in how we see the past year and the year to come. Despite some good news about the easing of Covid restrictions, consumers are clearly bracing themselves for surging inflation, rising fuel bills and the prospect of interest rate rises,” Staton said in a company release.

“The four-point fall in the major purchase index certainly suggests people are ready to tighten their belts. Will the mood brighten when the latest wave of the pandemic subsides and Covid numbers improve? It seems unlikely because it’s the cost-of-living squeeze that’s worrying us now and this will affect us for months to come,” he said.

German data firm GfK’s UK consumer confidence index decreased by four points to minus 19 in January. All measures were down in comparison to the December 17 announcement. “The UK’s financial pulse weakened further this January driven by concerns over personal finances and the general economic situation,” GfK client strategy director Joe Staton said.

The measure for the general economic situation of the country during the last 12 months is eight points lower at minus 47—20 points higher than in January 2021. Expectations for the general economic situation over the coming 12 months have dropped by eight points to minus 32—12 points higher than in January 2021.

The major purchase index has decreased by four points to minus 10 in January—14 points higher than it was this month last year.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)



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