23 May 2024, 07:43
By Furniture News Nov 30, 2016

Consumer Confidence Index drops five points

GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index decreased by five points this month to -8, reflecting growing fears about the economy in the coming year. All five of the measures in the index saw decreases in November.

Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK, says: “The slump across the board this month points to continuing uncertainty about the state of the economy among consumers. Although scores for our personal financial situation just about remain positive, the big theme is the reduced confidence in the UK economy looking back and ahead. We are viewing our economy over the past 12 months with increasing despondency.

"The decreasing score on the economy for the next 12 months also shows we are resolutely gloomy about the outlook despite strong GDP numbers. The ‘next 12 months’ figure has been low since the June vote to leave the EU as ongoing economic turmoil, inflationary pressures and global anxiety impact our levels of confidence. And is this gloomy mood also affecting spending intentions?

"Despite recent strong retail sales, we are reporting a sharp -9 point drop in the Major Purchase Index this month and this will be an acute concern for retailers as they gear up for the key Christmas selling period. Many are saying that fears about the British economy have been overstated, but time will tell if the pessimism shown in the index is misplaced or not.”

The index measuring changes in personal finances during the last 12 months decreased by two points this month to +1 – this is the same level as last year. The forecast for personal finances over the next 12 months decreased by four points this month to +2 – this is also four points lower than November 2015.  

The measure for the General Economic Situation of the country during the last 12 months decreased six points this month to -25, 19 points lower than November 2015. Expectations for the General Economic Situation over the next 12 months decreased five points to -22 this month – 16 points lower than November 2015.

The Major Purchase Index decreased nine points this month to +5, four points lower than this time last year.

The Savings Index decreased two points to -11. This is 12 points lower than November 2015.

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