British unemployment claims rose by the most in eight months in September as the economic recovery slowed.

Jobless benefits claims rose by 5,300 to 1.47 million, Bloomberg News reported.

Consumer confidence touched an 18-month low in September as the public readied for the coalition government's spending cuts.

"Unemployment is still on a rising trend. The fall in consumer confidence was a big one today and companies are looking ahead and don't like what they see," Brian Hilliard, director of economic research at Societe Generale, told Bloomberg News.

The unemployment rate in the quarter through August fell to 7.7%, as measured by International Labour Organization methods.

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