Morale among UK consumers fell for a third consecutive month in December, according to new figures, pointing to an ongoing downward trend.

The GfK UK Consumer Confidence Index dropped one point to -13. Two of the five measures used to calculate the score also saw declines this month, while two increased, and one stayed at the same level.

Nick Moon, managing director of social research at GfK, said: "Although a single point move is not statistically significant, what matters is that the Index has fallen for three months in a row, and we can say there is a downwards trend."

But, Moon emphasised, this month's Index is still 14 points higher than in the first quarter.

"With no media coverage of bad economic news - and indeed continuing coverage of good news - the explanation for the last quarter of declining confidence most likely results from people's sense of how well or rather badly -  off they personally feel."