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Polling company GfK said its monthly consumer confidence index rose to +1 in August from -2 in July, beating forecasts for a smaller increase to -1 in a Reuters poll. Nick Moon, managing director of social research at GfK, said it looked like consumer confidence might be entering a new period of stability. All five of the measures GfK uses to gauge consumer confidence increased this month. Data company Hometrack said house prices grew just 0.1 percent for a second successive month in August, with London underperforming relative to the rest of England and Wales.