Lloyds TSB claims consumer confidence 'remains high'

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The confidence of consumers in the UK has remained high despite recent problems in the credit market, according to Lloyds TSB.

Job security is believed to a major factor in the lack of concern for the market, while the survey by the bank's corporate markets division has also revealed that the public believes interest rates have peaked.

Discussing the findings, chief economist for Lloyds TSB corporate markets Trevor Williams claimed confidence had come from issues including the decision not to increase interest rates in the past month.

"The recipe for consumer confidence is a secure job and ability to pay the bills and, despite the credit market turmoil, we have seen increasing optimism in both these areas in September," he said.

Lloyds TSB's Consumer Barometer is carried out every month to gauge the opinion of consumers in the UK.

The bank is one of the largest financial groups in the UK and owns subsidiaries including Cheltenham and Gloucester, Scottish Widows and finance house Blackhorse.

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