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31 March 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence - March 2020

As cases of Covid-19 began to spread in the UK, GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure dipped two points to -9 in March.

The threat of a dramatic slowdown to the economy has seen pessimi...

26 March 2020

ONS Retail Sales February 2020

As shoppers battled extreme rainfall in February, retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) rose by 2.3% year-on-year in the month, following a 3.8% uplift in January according...

18 March 2020

ONS Labour Market February 2020

The UK labour market continued to hit records in the three months to January 2020, with the proportion of 16 to 64 year olds in work at a joint-high according to ONS data. However, the coronavirus...

18 March 2020

Visa Consumer Spending Index February 2020

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index was up by 0.6% year-on-year in February, ending a 16-month run of declines. However, since the spread of the coronavirus has significantly developed since Febr...

28 February 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence - February 2020

Confidence rose for the third successive month, with GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure increasing by two points to -7 in February – the highest level since August 2018. 

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18 February 2020

ONS Labour Market January 2020

The UK labour market hit another record in the final three months of 2019, with the proportion of 16 to 64 year olds in work reaching an all-time high according to ONS data. However, earnings growt...

31 January 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence - January 2020

Early indications suggest a modest Boris bounce in consumer sentiment, with GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure increasing by two points to -9 in January.

Four out of the five compone...

17 January 2020

ONS Retail Sales December 2019

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) rose by 3.4% year-on-year in December following a 0.3% dip in the previous month according to the latest figures from the ONS.

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16 January 2020

RICS Residential Market Survey December 2019

RICS has reported an uplift in housing market activity following the Conservative government win. New instructions to market properties, as well as buyer demand and agreed sales, moved into positiv...