23 May 2024, 07:07
By Furniture News Feb 01, 2016

Consumer confidence bullish throughout January

GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index increased two points to +4 in January, with four of the measures used to calculate the index seeing increases. Crucially for the furniture industry, the Major Purchase Index increased nine points to +16 – 11 points higher than this time last year.

Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK, says: “UK consumers remain resiliently bullish this month with no sign of the January Blues denting their view on the state of their personal finances for both the past year and also for the rest of 2016. And with post-Christmas bargain-hungry consumers evidently snapping up bumper discounts across the country, the index was further boosted with shoppers agreeing that now was a good time to buy (+9 points).

"However, despite some gains this month on the general economic situation for the UK – looking back and looking forward – consumers remain pessimistic, with these two components of the index still in negative territory. February’s barometer will make for interesting reading given the rocky start to global markets this year and the impact on prospects for the year ahead.”

The index measuring changes in personal finances during the last 12 months increased by one point this month to +4, six points higher than January 2015. The forecast for personal finances over the next 12 months stayed the same at +9, four points higher than January 2015.

The measure for the General Economic Situation of the country during the last 12 months increased two points to -3, two points higher than January 2015. Expectations for the General Economic Situation over the next 12 months increased one point to -5, four points lower than this time last year.

Finally, the Savings Index increased five points to +5, 10 points higher than January 2015.

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