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Consumer Confidence Index slumps to record low
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Jun '08
Rising costs and talk of falling property values have pushed Britain's consumer confidence to record lows according to new figures, released (Monday).

The survey, by market research company Nielsen and the British Retail Consortium (BRC), asked over 1,000 consumers about their thoughts and feelings on job prospects, personal finances, spending intentions and major concerns.

Mike Watkins, Senior Manager, Retailer Services at Nielsen commented: “The Nielsen/BRC UK Consumer Confidence index now stands at 79.

To put this into context, this time last year the index stood at 91, which was the lowest score we had seen since we began polling this survey in 2003.

The fact that the score has plummeted a further 12 points is telling of how much consumers are being stretched.

“Our survey reveals that 55 percent of people ranked inflation as their main concern during periods of economic downturn while 39 percent said high interest rates. Unfortunately they are being hit with both at present. This has caused significant unease among consumers.”

The fall in consumer confidence can be attributed to a combination of increasingly negative consumer sentiment about job prospects, personal finances and personal spending power.

Sixty per cent of people polled said they thought job prospects were either not so good or bad compared with 50 percent in 2007.

Fifty-seven per cent of people now think that their own personal finances will be not so good or bad over the coming 12 months compared with 46 per cent six months ago and three quarters of people believe that now is not a good time to spend on things they want or need.

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