UK consumer confidence improves but still negative
That beat expectations for negative 13, which would have been unchanged from the December reading - although it remain in negative territory, which signals that pessimists outnumber optimists.
Also on Wednesday, the British Retail Consortium said that shop prices fell 0.5% on year in January.
That was shy of expectations for a decline of 0.4%, although it was up from -0.6% in December. ■