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British consumer confidence picked up in late June to its highest level since the country’s coronavirus lockdown started in late March, according to the country’s longest-running survey of household sentiment.

  • The GfK Group UK Consumer Confidence arrived at -27 vs -30 prior.

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has said now is the time to be “ambitious” about the UK’s future, as he set out a post-coronavirus recovery plan.

The PM vowed to “use this moment” to fix longstanding economic problems and promised a £5bn “new deal” to build homes and infrastructure.

Plans set out in the Tory election manifesto would be speeded up and “intensified,” he added.

Labour and the CBI said he was not focusing enough on saving jobs.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said there was “not much of a deal and not much that’s new”.

Description of the GfK Group Consumer Confidence

The GfK Group Consumer Confidence is a leading index that measures the level of consumer confidence in economic activity. A high level of consumer confidence stimulates economic expansion while a low level drives to economic downturn. Normally, a high reading is positive for the GBP, while a low reading is bearish.