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11 May 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence - Flash report

Survey period: 20th - 26th April

A second flash survey by GfK on the impact of Covid-19 on consumer confidence saw its headline confidence measure rise one point to -33 compared with the...

24 April 2020

ONS Retail Sales March 2020

The impact of Covid-19 has obliterated retail sales to record lows according to the latest ONS data. As non-essential retail stores closed their doors on 23 March, retail sales (value, non-seasonal...

21 April 2020

ONS Labour Market Overview April 2020

The UK employment rate hit a record high in the three months to February according to the latest ONS data. However, there were signs of the labour market cooling ahead of coronavirus lockdown measu...

09 April 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: February 2020

UK gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.1% in the three months to February 2020, following flat growth in the previous two periods. 

Monthly GDP fell 0.1% in February, following a 0.1...

09 April 2020

RICS Residential Market Survey March 2020

RICS’s latest survey among estate agents shows March was a turbulent period for the housing market. Confidence had started to flow back into the housing market following the general election...

09 April 2020

RICS Residential Market Survey March 2020

RICS’s latest survey among estate agents shows March was a turbulent period for the housing market. Confidence had started to flow back into the housing market following the general election...

09 April 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: February 2020

UK gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.1% in the three months to February 2020, following flat growth in the previous two periods.

Monthly GDP fell 0.1% in February, following a 0.1% mont...

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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