A new survey on consumer confidence says it is at its lowest since August 2009 – as people worry over the prospect of a double-dip recession. The July Consumer Confidence index from GfK NOP fell for a fifth month in July, by three points to –22. The GfK NOP index showed a sharp fall in confidence in the "general economic situation" over the next 12 months, to -25 from -12 in June. Consumers were also more negative about their personal finances, dropping to -6 from -2 on the index. The survey, which began in 1974, found one measure to improve in July was the "climate for major purchases", which remained in negative territory but climbed eight points to –16 Nick Moon, managing director of GfK NOP social research, said: "Given that consumer confidence measures are normally good predictors of what the economy itself will do a few months later, the continuing slide in the index makes a double-dip recession look more of a possibility as each month goes by. "It's possible that respondents are already factoring into their view of the economy over the next 12 months the likely recessionary impact of the government's announcement about the level of spending cuts it wishes to make, but if they are not then the prognosis is even more gloomy." The survey was backed up by a separate report from the European Commission, which said its own UK consumer confidence index also fell for a fifth successive month in July to a 13-month low of -17.