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British Consumer Confidence Dips Back to Record Lows

British Consumer Confidence Dips Back to Record Lows

Posted Friday, May 22, 2020 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

Despite the UK government unveiling its plans to ease the lockdown over the coming weeks, consumer confidence in the country has plummeted back to record lows for the month of May. After a slight increase to -33 in the second half of April, the GfK consumer confidence index is back at -34 during the first half of May.

According to client strategy director at GfK, Joe Staton, “With unemployment claims rising by the highest rate on record and warnings of a severe recession and possible tax hikes, the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic to the UK economic landscape has been laid bare.”

On a slightly positive note, GfK’s Major Purchase Index marked an improvement for the second consecutive survey, but remains firmly in negative territory at -47. For the same period a year ago, the index stood at +1, considerably higher.

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Arslan Butt // Index & Commodity Analyst
Arslan Butt is our Lead Commodities and Indices Analyst. Arslan is a professional market analyst and day trader. He holds an MBA in Behavioral Finance and is working towards his Ph.D. Before joining FX Leaders Arslan served as a senior analyst in a major brokerage firm. Arslan is also an experienced instructor and public speaker.
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