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Consumer confidence shows small improvement as summer begins

by LLB Reporter
28th Jun 18 7:59 am

New numbers show

UK consumer confidence has risen slightly, analysis from YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research finds.

The YouGov/Cebr Consumer Confidence Index stands at 108.9 this month – up from 108.7 in May. While any score over 100 means more consumers are confident than unconfident, it is still notably below where it was before the EU referendum in June 2016.

YouGov collects consumer confidence data every day, conducting over 6,000 interviews a month. Respondents are asked about household finances, property prices, job security and business activity, both over the past 30 days and looking ahead to the next 12 months.

The data shows that five measures have increased this month, while three have fallen. Both house value metrics have improved, with the one looking ahead to the next 12 months rising to its highest level since September 2017. Both forward and backward business activity measures have shown modest improvements, as has job security over the past 30 days. 

However, both household finance measures have fallen, while job security over the coming 12 months is at its lowest level since April 2017.

Nina Skero, Head of Macroeconomics at the Centre for Economics and Business Research:  “Based on the latest official figures, wage growth has ticked down. Since then inflation has risen, putting pressure on many households. This is reflected in June’s backward looking household finances measure which declined. Worryingly, the forward looking household finances measure also ticked down adding to the mounting concerns about the outlook for the consumer economy.”

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