United Kingdom Consumer Confidence

Consumer Confidence in the United Kingdom increased to -5 in March of 2014 from -7 in February of 2014. Consumer Confidence in the United Kingdom is reported by the GfK NOP (UK). Consumer Confidence in the United Kingdom averaged -9.71 from 1981 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 10 in June of 1987 and a record low of -39 in July of 2008. In the United Kingdom, the consumer confidence survey measures the level of optimism that consumers have about the performance of the economy in the next 12 months. The GfK Consumer Confidence is derived from the survey of about 2,000 consumers which are ask to rate the relative level of past and future economic conditions including personal financial situation, climate for major purchases, overall economic situation and savings level. This page provides - United Kingdom Consumer Confidence - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-24

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
-5.00 -7.00 10.00 -39.00 -4.86 | 2014/04 1981 - 2014 Monthly

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United Kingdom Consumer Confidence
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CALENDAR GMT Country Event Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast
2013-12-20 12:00 AM United Kingdom
Gfk Consumer Confidence
Dec 2013 -13 -12 -11 -12
2014-01-31 12:05 AM United Kingdom
Gfk Consumer Confidence
Jan 2014 -7 -13.0 -13.22
2014-02-28 12:01 AM United Kingdom
Gfk Consumer Confidence
Feb 2014 -7 -7 -7 -6
2014-03-28 12:05 AM United Kingdom
Gfk Consumer Confidence
Mar 2014 -5 -7 -6 -7
2014-04-30 12:00 AM United Kingdom
Gfk Consumer Confidence
Apr 2014 -5 -4.86
2014-05-30 12:05 AM United Kingdom
Gfk Consumer Confidence
May 2014 -4.96
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Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Unit
Retail Sales MoM 1.70 2014-02-28 -2.00 2.90 -4.10 -0.03 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 3.70 2014-02-28 3.90 9.30 -3.50 2.22 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
Consumer Confidence -5.00 2014-03-31 -7.00 10.00 -39.00 -4.86 2014-04-30 [+]
Bank Lending Rate 1.50 2014-04-30 1.50 18.00 1.50 1.48 2014-05-31 Percent [+]
Consumer Spending 249105.00 2013-11-15 249058.00 251953.00 50719.00 250950.44 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Disposable Personal Income 253715.00 2013-11-15 253980.00 253980.00 45135.00 256173.23 2014-03-31 GBP Million [+]
Personal Savings 5.00 2013-11-15 5.60 14.00 -0.90 4.95 2014-03-31 Percent [+]
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Consumer Confidence | Notes
Consumer confidence is an indicator designed to measure the degree of optimism that consumers feel about the overall state of the economy and their personal financial situation. How confident people are about stability of their incomes determines their spending activity and therefore serves as one of the key indicators for the overall shape of the economy. If consumer confidence is higher, consumers are making more purchases, boosting the economic expansion. On the other hand, if confidence is lower, consumers tend to save more than they spend, prompting the contraction of the economy.


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