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Confidence surveys, with information generally released ahead of official statistical data, can indicate changes to the economic outlook as well as turning points in the economic cycle.

ONS Business Insights and Conditions Survey

The ONS conducts a voluntary survey of businesses to look at the impact of challenges facing the economy.

In the two weeks ending 22 January 2023, 22.5% of respondents thought their business’s performance would increase over the next 12 months. 11.4% thought it would decrease.

CBI Industrial Trends Survey

The CBI carries out monthly and quarterly Industrial Trends surveys.

In January 2023, more manufacturers thought that output would rise over the next three months than thought it would fall. The difference was +19% of manufacturers, up from -10% in December 2022.

GfK Consumer Confidence Survey

GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index (carried out on behalf of the European Commission) measures a range of consumer attitudes, including forward expectations of the general economic situation and households’ financial positions, and views on making major household purchases.

The index fell to -45 in January 2023, down by three points from -42 in December 2022.

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