UK consumer confidence rose to its highest level in almost six years in September - taking it back to pre-recession levels, according to figures released this week.

GfK's UK Consumer Confidence Index increased by three points during the month to -10, the highest level it has been since November 2007. Four of the five measures saw increases, while the remaining measure stayed the same.

Nick Moon, managing director of social research at GfK, said: "The consumer confidence conundrum continues. In the same week that figures from ONS show that UK productivity is lower than every G7 country except Japan, the Consumer Confidence Barometer has taken another clear step upwards, gaining three points to -10."

The Index has improved over the last five months - gaining a total of 17 points - the biggest five-month gain since January 1993.

"Whether the current economic recovery is real or will prove to be a credit-fuelled bubble, this continuing steady growth in confidence looks like good news for the government," Moon added.