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A comparison of consumer and retail trade conference indicators for predicting household expenditure in the UK

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The objective of this paper is to compare the usefulness of two confidence indicators for the purpose of predicting spending by households in the UK. Concern is with six different types of consumption expenditure. In contrast to earlier studies, conclusions are founded upon a post-sample, as well as a within-sample, analysis. The fundamental result which is obtained is that the GfK measure of consumer confidence generally outperforms the European Commission’s indicator of confidence within the retail sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)669-676
Number of pages8
JournalThe Empirical Economics Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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