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October 29, 2011

Rising cost of heating is big concern for Britons

by Kay Mitchell
”Rising
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 with their partner to ...




October 24, 2011

Markit: Household finances continue to be squeezed

by Kay Mitchell
”Markit:
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 remains way below the 50 level which ...




October 11, 2011

BCC downgrades UK economic growth

by Kay Mitchell
”BCC
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 today: “Given the worsening international situation and the ...




August 26, 2011

Retail outlook gloomy as sales fall

by Gill Montia
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 for the coming quarter was at its ...




August 13, 2011

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

by Kay Mitchell
”US
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 electronics and appliance ...




August 12, 2011

Survey reveals squeeze on households

by Kay Mitchell
”Survey
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 once essential bills have been paid. 71% have changed ...




July 29, 2011

UK consumer confidence dips further in July

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
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 than a reading of -27 expected by ...




July 11, 2011

BCC survey reveals fragile economic recovery

by Kay Mitchell
”BCC
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 on the findings, BCC chief economist David Kern, ...




July 4, 2011

Survey reveals financial sector grew in Q2

by Kay Mitchell
”Survey
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 rose and 28% said they fell. ...




July 1, 2011

China manufacturing growth slows further

by Kay Mitchell
”China
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 reading of 51.5. Secondly, the HSBC China Manufacturing PMI also ...




June 30, 2011

UK consumer confidence dips in June

by Kay Mitchell
”UK
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 reading was also worse than economists had expected. ...




June 27, 2011

Credit card usage falls sharply

by Kay Mitchell
”Credit
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 of transactions involving cash fell, although the average ...




June 17, 2011

Survey reveals rents continue to surge

by Kay Mitchell
”Survey
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, rental costs vary across the country with ...




June 14, 2011

Rics: Spring selling hit by lack of mortgage availability

by Kay Mitchell
”Rics:
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 economic uncertainty means the housing ...




May 31, 2011

Survey reveals first-time buyer fears

by Kay Mitchell
”Survey
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 half of those questioned said they would like to save ...




May 26, 2011

CBI: UK service sector firms show cautious optimism

by Kay Mitchell
”CBI:
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, business services firms, which include accountancy ...




April 14, 2011

Scotland’s economy stalls in Q1

by Kay Mitchell
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April 4, 2011

Survey reveals financial services sector grew in Q1

by Kay Mitchell
”Survey
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 in Ireland and other European ...




April 2, 2011

Survey reveals mortgage availability set to improve

by Kay Mitchell
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 crunch more than three years ago, lending ...




March 28, 2011

Survey reveals take-home pay down £1,000

by Kay Mitchell
”Survey
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 in the middle of the recession. Meanwhile, ...