Irish consumers remain the most anxious in Europe for the eighth consecutive week, according to Deloitte Ireland's consumer tracker.

This is the latest monthly survey, which tracks Irish consumers’ attitudes towards personal wellbeing, financial concerns, travel and hospitality, transport and retail.

The most recent data was gathered between 29 September and 3 October, immediately following the implementation of Level 3 restrictions in counties Dublin and Donegal.

52% of Irish consumers report that they are worried about their own physical wellbeing, up 2% on the previous wave of research, which was undertaken four weeks prior.

Concern for their families’ health has also increased by 1% to 63%.

The report also reveals that concern over job loss has increased significantly since the last wave, up 7% to 38%, while concern over making upcoming payments is at 23%, down 1% on the previous wave.

Daniel Murray, Partner and Head of Consumer at Deloitte Ireland, said that as we approach eight months since Covid-19 reached Ireland, recent increases in case numbers and localised restrictions are causing a prolonged sense of uncertainty, which continues to negatively impact on consumer confidence.

"Notably, in this latest wave of research we have seen a 7% increase in concern over job loss. After a difficult year, Irish consumers' resilience is again being put to the test," he said.

While the report shows that planned expenditure in restaurants has decreased by 5% since the previous wave, consumers' confidence in visiting stores in person has increased by 5% to 64%.

Meanwhile, 65% of Irish consumers said they were planning to limit their use of public transport over the next three months, down 3% on the last wave of research.