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13 January 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: November 2019

UK gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.1% in the three months to November, slowing on October’s 0.2% rise which, along with September’s data, has been upwardly revised.


08 January 2020

Halifax House Price Index December 2019

House prices in December showed the greatest gains in 2019 according to Halifax, with prices up by 1.7% on the previous month.

In annual terms, house prices increased at their fastest pac...

20 December 2019

GfK Consumer Confidence - December 2019

In the run up to the general election, GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure increased three points to -11 in December, as consumer became more optimistic about the year ahead.

Four out...

19 December 2019

ONS Retail Sales November 2019

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) dipped 0.2% year-on-year in November according to the latest figures from the ONS. However, retail data for November has been distorted...

18 December 2019

Visa Consumer Spending Index November 2019

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index dipped for a fourteenth consecutive month in November, with expenditure down by 2.0% year-on-year as ecommerce and store sales slipped back. However, the later...

17 December 2019

ONS Labour Market December 2019

The UK labour market retained strength in the run up to the Halloween Brexit deadline, with the proportion of 16 to 64 year olds in work reaching an all-time high according to ONS data released thi...

12 December 2019

RICS Residential Market Survey November 2019

The drop in house sales reported in RICS’s this morning appears to be bottoming out, with the proportion of surveyors who expect a rebound over the next year rising to its highest level since...

10 December 2019

GDP Monthly Estimate: October 2019

UK gross domestic product (GDP) was flat in the three months to October. Increases across the Services sector were offset by declines in Construction and Production.

Monthly GDP was also...

06 December 2019

Halifax House Price Index November 2019

House price growth hit a seven-month high in November, up by 2.1% year-on-year following broadly flat growth in recent months according to Halifax.

On a month-on-month basis, house prices...

05 December 2019

What election promises mean for UK retail

Campaigning has been rather subdued this week, and rightly so. Last Friday’s tragic events at London Bridge threw the yah-booery of politics as usual into sharp relief. However, the countdown...

29 November 2019

GfK Consumer Confidence - November 2019

Following the announcement of the general election, GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure remained flat at -14 in November, despite a slight pickup in economic expectations for the year ahead.