TABLE-Israel consumer confidence index up 0.1 points in Dec

Reuters Middle East

Jan 2 (Reuters) - Israel's consumer confidence index rose

0.1 points in December, following a rise of 3.1 points in

November, Bank Hapoalim and TNS Teleseeker said on Wednesday.

Dec '12 Nov '12 Oct '12 Jan '12

Consumer confidence 126.7 126.6 123.5 130.0


Present situation index 165.3 164.6 158.4 171.7

Expectations index 100.9 101.2 100.2 102.3

* "During 2012 there was a slight worsening in consumers'

confidence. We estimate that consumers' confidence was hurt

mainly by the rise in prices for basic products such as fuel and

food and from geopolitical uncertainty, mainly revolving around

the issue of Iran. In contrast, the employment market remained

relatively stable and the capital market was characterised by

rising prices and these largely offset the (negative) effects,"

the report said.

* Israel's economy grew an estimated 3.3 percent in 2012

after a 4.6 percent pace in 2011.

(Reporting by Tova Cohen)

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