United Kingdom Consumer Spending

Consumer Spending in the United Kingdom increased to 249105 GBP Million in the fourth quarter of 2013 from 249058 GBP Million in the third quarter of 2013. Consumer Spending in the United Kingdom is reported by the Office for National Statistics. Consumer Spending in the United Kingdom averaged 132441.90 GBP Million from 1955 until 2013, reaching an all time high of 251953 GBP Million in the fourth quarter of 2007 and a record low of 50719 GBP Million in the third quarter of 1956. This page provides - United Kingdom Consumer Spending - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. 2014-04-19

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Forecast Dates Unit Frequency
249105.00 249058.00 251953.00 50719.00 250950.44 | 2014/03 1955 - 2013 GBP Million Quarterly
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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 Spending | Notes
Consumer spending, also called consumer consumption or expenditure, is the amount of money that households spend on goods and services in order to satisfy their needs. It is very important measure to check the health of the economy. For example, when the consumer spending is declining it means that the economy is not performing very well. In times of recession governments try to boost consumer spending artificially by expanding tax cuts and money handouts. As a result, households are spending more thus stimulating production and employment.


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