According to consumer confidence index released by research firm GfK NOP, during the first half of September levels of shoppers confidence rose for the second consecutive month, rising to -32 in September from -36 in August.
However, following the financial market upheavals seen in the latter part of the month, GfK NOP ran a second survey which showed consumer confidence had dropped back to -36.
Rachael Joy of GfK NOP said: "I'd say we're seeing a tentative lift in UK consumer confidence, although we're still at the levels not seen since the 1990s recession. The indication is most people are coming to terms with living in a depression. While they are still nervous of their personal financial situation and the economy in general, we could be seeing people beginning to acclimatise to the situation."