UK consumer morale edged down in October for the first time in six months, according to figures released today (31 October).

The GfK UK Consumer Confidence Index fell one point this month to -11. Three of the measures declined, one stayed the same, while the the remaining one saw an increase. The annual moving average dropped one point to -21.

Nick Moon, managing director of social research at GfK, said: "This is the second time the Consumer Confidence Index has dropped this year.

"After five straight months of increases - the Index was at -27 in April 2013 but had climbed to a sturdy -10 for September - this may simply be a pause for breath. However, it will be interesting to see if sentiment has run away with itself and there is a further drop next month."