This is the first time the Index has remained positive for an entire calendar year

This is the first time the Index has remained positive for an entire calendar year

Confidence among UK consumers edged up in December, and marked the first time the Index has been in positive territory for an entire calendar year, according to new figures. 

GfK's Consumer Confidence Index climbed one point to +2 in December. Three of the measures used to calculate the Index saw increases this month, while one fell, and the other one was unchanged. 

Consumer confidence has remained strong in 2015 with an average at +3 for the past 12 months. 

"This is the first time since the Consumer Confidence Barometer started in 1974 that the Index has remained positive for an entire calendar year," said Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK. 

"The last time we were able to report a similar long run of strong news was back in 2002, although the year ended on that occasion with an Index score of -4 after 11 consecutive positive monthly totals."