British consumer confidence inched up in July after seven straight months of decline, possibly reflecting the introduction of support payments for low-income households, a survey showed on Wednesday.
YouGov and consultancy Cebr said on Wednesday their overall consumer confidence index rose 2 points in July, representing the first uptick since November.
The survey comes days after the Bank of England (BoE) said Britain would enter a recession at the end of 2022 and gave a grimmer outlook for inflation, projecting consumer prices would rise more than 13% in October.
The YouGov/Cebr survey was carried out before the BoE’s forecasts were announced on Thursday.
The first instalment of one-off government payments of 650 pounds ($787) to millions of low-income households struggling with soaring costs of living commenced in July, which YouGov and Cebr said could have helped boost sentiment.
Still, the overall public mood around household finances remained downbeat, they added.