Tag: survey

Rising cost of heating is big concern for Britons

Rising cost of heating is big concern for Britons

A survey by Incahoot.com has revealed Britons would rather risk hefty heating bills than turning up the heat in the bedroom. The phrase “no sex please, we’re British” appears to be true after a survey by the collective buying website found that 90% of UK consumers would rather turn up the radiators than have sex […]

October 29, 2011 More
Markit: Household finances continue to be squeezed

Markit: Household finances continue to be squeezed

The Markit Household Finance Index (HFI) has today published a gloomy report as families’ finances were slightly worse in October than in September. Meanwhile, Markit’s HFI, which measures prospects for finances over the coming year, dived to 34.5 this month, from September’s reading of 42.2. The reading represented the lowest in the survey’s history and […]

October 24, 2011 More
BCC downgrades UK economic growth

BCC downgrades UK economic growth

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has today said the fresh round of quantitative easing (QE) announced by the Bank of England last week may not be enough to prevent the economy from slipping back into recession and “more radical measures” are required. BCC Chief Economist David Kern said in an e-mailed statement in London […]

October 11, 2011 More
Retail outlook gloomy as sales fall

Retail outlook gloomy as sales fall

UK retail sales volumes fell in August, at the fastest pace for over a year, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reports. In a new quarterly survey, 46% of retailers said they had experienced falling sales in the two weeks to mid-August (compared with a year earlier) and the level of negativity registered over prospects […]

August 26, 2011 More
US retail sales up in July but confidence at 30-year low

US retail sales up in July but confidence at 30-year low

The Commerce Department has revealed a rise in US retail sales for the month of July. Sales grew 0.5% last month – the best reading since March and follows June’s upwardly revised figure of a 0.3% rise. The rise, which was better than forecasts of a 0.2% gain, was partly attributed to strong demand for […]

August 13, 2011 More
Survey reveals squeeze on households

Survey reveals squeeze on households

The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) latest consumer confidence survey has revealed how consumer shopping habits have changed due to the Government spending cuts and the rise in the cost of living. According to the survey released by the BRC and Nielsen, almost one third of those questioned feel that they have no cash left over […]

August 12, 2011 More
UK consumer confidence dips further in July

UK consumer confidence dips further in July

A survey of 2,000 individuals, conducted between July 1 and 10, has revealed a fall in consumer confidence. According to the survey of consumer attitudes, carried out by GfK NOP Social Research, confidence dived by 5 points to -30 in July – edging closer to the -31 seen in April. The index was also worse […]

July 29, 2011 More
BCC survey reveals fragile economic recovery

BCC survey reveals fragile economic recovery

A quarterly survey by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) revealed that the UK economy was “fragile”. The BCC’s survey for the three months to the end of June showed a slow recovery and estimates that the economy grew by 0.3% in the period – slower than the 0.5% growth in the first quarter. Commenting […]

July 11, 2011 More
Survey reveals financial sector grew in Q2

Survey reveals financial sector grew in Q2

A quarterly survey of the UK’s financial services sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed business volumes grew in the three months to the end of June, albeit at a slower rate. Companies were asked how their business volumes fared in the second quarter with almost half saying volumes […]

July 4, 2011 More
China manufacturing growth slows further

China manufacturing growth slows further

Manufacturing activity in China eased last month, two separate surveys have revealed today. Firstly, the official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said its purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 50.9 in June from May’s reading of 52 – the lowest level since February 2009. The reading was also lower than expectations of a […]

July 1, 2011 More
UK consumer confidence dips in June

UK consumer confidence dips in June

A survey of 2,000 individuals, conducted between June 3 and 12, has revealed a fall in consumer confidence. According to the survey of consumer attitudes, carried out by GfK NOP Social Research, confidence dipped by 4 points to -25 in June after May’s 10 point rise, which represented the biggest increase since May 1993. The […]

June 30, 2011 More
Credit card usage falls sharply

Credit card usage falls sharply

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today reported a fall in credit card usage as consumers look to cash and debit cards for their purchases. According to a survey by the BRC, which represents 90% of the UK’s stores, shoppers are opting to use their debit cards and cash to avoid borrowing. However, the number […]

June 27, 2011 More
Survey reveals rents continue to surge

Survey reveals rents continue to surge

A survey by LSL Property Services has revealed rents in England and Wales continue to rise, with the average rent hitting almost £700 last month. May represented the fourth consecutive month that the average rental cost rose. According to LSL, the average rent stands at £696 – 4.4% higher than this time last year. However, […]

June 17, 2011 More
Rics: Spring selling hit by lack of mortgage availability

Rics: Spring selling hit by lack of mortgage availability

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has today reported that the traditional spring selling season has been hit by a lack of mortgage finance and economic uncertainty. This time of year is traditionally busy for the housing market but securing a mortgage remains difficult for many potential buyers – particularly first-time buyers. Furthermore, the […]

June 14, 2011 More
Survey reveals first-time buyer fears

Survey reveals first-time buyer fears

A survey by the Halifax has revealed many first-time buyers fear they will not be able to get on the property ladder. The survey of 4,000 non-homeowners found two-thirds believe home ownership is unattainable. Stricter lending criteria, which has resulted in lenders demanding large deposits, is deterring many would-be homebuyers, according to the survey. Almost […]

May 31, 2011 More
CBI: UK service sector firms show cautious optimism

CBI: UK service sector firms show cautious optimism

A survey by the CBI has revealed consumer service firms have been hit by a cut back on spending. According to the CBI, firms such as hotels, bars and restaurants, saw evidence of weak demand but are optimistic about future prospects as conditions are not expected to be as challenging in the coming quarter. Meanwhile, […]

May 26, 2011 More
Scotland’s economy stalls in Q1

Scotland’s economy stalls in Q1

April 14, 2011 More
Survey reveals financial services sector grew in Q1

Survey reveals financial services sector grew in Q1

A quarterly survey of the UK’s financial services sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has revealed that business volumes grew in the three months to the end of March. The financial services sector, which represents around 8% of GDP, has been badly affected by the credit crunch and debt crises […]

April 4, 2011 More
Survey reveals mortgage availability set to improve

Survey reveals mortgage availability set to improve

There is some good news for the housing market after a Bank of England survey revealed mortgage availability is set to improve in the coming months. The survey comes as mortgage lending continues to remain subdued as first-time buyers, in particular, struggle to obtain a mortgage unless they have a substantial deposit. Since the credit […]

April 2, 2011 More
Survey reveals take-home pay down £1,000

Survey reveals take-home pay down £1,000

According to a survey commissioned by BBC One’s Panorama programme, employees are £1,088 a year worse off than they were two years ago as take-home pay fails to keep in line with inflation. At the start of this year, the typical British worker earned £20,149 – a drop of 5% from what they were earning […]

March 28, 2011 More