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21 August 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence Index August 2020

GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure remained at -27 in August, unchanged from the previous reading but almost double the decline recorded a year ago. Within the index, three measures decreased...

12 August 2020

GDP Q2 2020 Preliminary Estimate

  • GDP fell by 20.4% in Q2 2020 compared to the previous quarter, following the 2.2% fall in the first quarter – the largest quarterly contraction since records began in 1955.

24 July 2020

ONS Retail Sales June 2020

Retail sales continued to rebound in June, as the reopening of non-essential shops mid-month released pent up demand.

The latest figures from the ONS bring the overall volume of retail sa...

16 July 2020

ONS Labour Market July 2020

The latest labour market data from the ONS shows that job vacancies are at a record low at a time when payroll work continues to fall, with signs of inactivity rising. The latest data covers the pe...

16 July 2020

Visa Consumer Spending Index June 2020

Visa’s UK overall expenditure fell by 6.5% year-on-year in June – a marked improvement on the 19.9% decline in May and the strongest performance since February. This was predominantly d...

14 July 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: May 2020

UK gross domestic product (GDP) fell 19.1% in the three months to May 2020, capturing the direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The services sector fell by 18.9%, production by 15.5% and const...

03 July 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence - Flash report

The fourth flash report by GfK on the impact of Covid-19 on consumer confidence (survey period 18th-26th June) showed tentative signs of an improvement, with the overall measure rising three points...

19 June 2020

ONS Retail Sales May 2020

The pressure of the coronavirus crisis on the retail sector somewhat eased in May according to the latest data from the ONS. Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) declined b...

19 June 2020

Visa Consumer Spending Index May 2020

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index also eased on record declines, with spending volumes down by 19.9% in May compared to 27.8% in April.

Face-to-face spending plummeted 33.3% in May as...