UK households’ financial worries hit five-year high: IHS Markit

FILE PHOTO: Workers using a crane can be seen inspecting part of the roof of the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain February 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls September 23, 2019
LONDON (Reuters) – British households’ worries about the outlook for their personal finances rose to their highest in almost six years in September, pushing a broader measure of consumer sentiment to a four-month low, a monthly survey showed on Monday.
The IHS Markit Household Finance Index sank to 43.1 in September from August’s reading of 43.6, driven by greater reluctance to make big purchases, concerns about job security and the most negative outlook since November 2013.
“(The) latest data suggest that the robust performance of the UK labor market may not be sufficient enough to dispel the pessimistic financial outlook, which could ultimately see weaker consumption trends at a time where the economy hinges on domestic resilience,” IHS Markit economist Joe Hayes said.

(Reporting by David Milliken; editing by Michael Holden)

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