29 May 2024, 16:53
By Furniture News Feb 23, 2024

Consumer confidence down in February, but outlook remains stable

GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index fell two points to -21 in February. Four measures were down and one was unchanged in comparison to last month’s announcement – the Major Purchase Index was down five points to -25 (12 points higher than this month last year).

Joe Staton, client strategy director, GfK, says: “There’s a mixture of bad news and good news for February. The bad news is that the improvement in the overall index score seen over recent months stalled slightly in February due to a fall across most measures.

"However, the good news is that optimism for our personal financial situation for the next 12 months has not slipped back. Although registering again at zero, this is a significant improvement on the -18 score from February last year. This metric is key to understanding the financial mood of the nation because confident householders are more likely to spend despite the cost of living crisis.

"Looking forward, it will be interesting to see what the forthcoming Budget delivers in terms of taxation and inflation. These are important issues to everyone – especially in an election year. The recent performance of the economy will play a crucial role in determining results at the ballot box. All the measures this February are better than a year ago, but consumer confidence alone will not carry us into a brighter economic future.”

© 2013 - 2024 Gearing Media Group Ltd. All Rights Reserved.