FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - UK consumers' assessment on the economy has shown a very slight improvement in January, although it still remains at a level much below last year's weighed by a widespread fear of recession, according to the latest research by the GfK economic research institute.

The consumer confidence index has improved to -13 in January from -14 in December, a level sharply below last year's -7 reading posted in January.

Consumers' outlook in their personal financial situation over the next 12 months has edged down to 7 from 8 in December, while the assessment for the general economic situation has remained at -36, the same level as in December, same accounts for the outlook of the general economic situation over the next 12 months, which remained at -26.

Consumers disposition to make big purchases has improved to -13 from -14 in the previous month, and the savings index has decreased three points to -30, not the best time to save right now for British consumers.