Tag: August

Rics: Housing market remains in the doldrums

Rics: Housing market remains in the doldrums

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) has today reported that the UK housing market remained weak in August with house prices falling further. According to the Institution, homeowners remain reluctant to put their properties up for sale, while buyers continue to struggle to secure a mortgage and remain uncertain about the economic climate. The [...]

September 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK inflation edges higher in August

UK inflation edges higher in August

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) today announced Consumer Price Inflation (CPI) rose to annual rate of 4.5% last month from July’s rate of 4.4%. However, the figure was in line with analysts’ expectations. Higher inflation continues to be led by rising food costs but the main reason behind last month’s rise was a 5.1% [...]

September 13, 2011 | 0 Comments More
SMMT: UK car sales rise in August

SMMT: UK car sales rise in August

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed UK car sales saw their first rise in 14 months in August. According to the trade body, car sales rose by 7.3% in August compared with the same month in 2010, with sales of smaller cars rising by more than 30%. The Ford Fiesta remained [...]

September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Factory gate inflation higher than expected in August

Factory gate inflation higher than expected in August

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has today revealed UK producer output prices held steady in August – remaining at the highest annual rate since October 2008. According to the ONS, output prices (factory gate) annual inflation for all manufactured products held steady at July’s upwardly revised reading of 6.1% in August. The figures were [...]

September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
China’s inflation rate eases in August

China’s inflation rate eases in August

Inflation in the world’s second largest economy eased last month after reaching a 3-year high in July. According to the National Statistics Bureau, consumer prices rose by 6.2% in August on an annual basis, compared with 6.5% the previous month. Several other economies throughout the world are battling with higher inflation, particularly in Asia, which [...]

September 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Halifax reports 1.2% fall in August house prices

Halifax reports 1.2% fall in August house prices

The Halifax has today revealed UK house prices fell by 1.2% in August on a monthly basis – reversing the gains noted in the previous three months. The latest fall takes the average cost of a UK home to £161,743, the Halifax said. However, on an annual basis, prices are 2.6% lower, said the lender, [...]

September 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
BRC: UK retail sales weak in August

BRC: UK retail sales weak in August

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today reported weak retail sales for August. According to the BRC, like-for-like sales (which exclude the impact of sales at new stores) fell 0.6% last month on an annual basis. Overall sales rose 1.5%, however, this was much lower than the 2.8% rise noted in August 2010. Commenting, Stephen [...]

September 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
High Street posts worst sales for two years

High Street posts worst sales for two years

Accountancy firm BDO has warned Britain’s retailers should prepare themselves for some tough times as pressure builds on consumers in the run-up to Christmas. According to the firm’s High Street Sales Tracker, sales figures for August fell 2.2% among mid-market retailers, attributed to the riots and cooler weather during the month. The riots, in particular, [...]

September 5, 2011 | 1 Comment More
UK service sector activity suffers sharp drop in August

UK service sector activity suffers sharp drop in August

Growth in the UK’s closely-watched service sector slowed in August, figures have revealed today. The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) slowed at the fastest pace in over a decade to 51.1 in August from July’s reading of 55.4. The fall represented the second largest on record and was much [...]

September 5, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.1%

US unemployment rate holds steady at 9.1%

According to the Labor Department, the world’s largest economy added no new jobs last month, which was a surprise after markets had expected 70,000 new jobs. This represented the first time since 1945 that there has been a zero payrolls figure after 17,000 jobs were added in the private sector last month but these were [...]

September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
China manufacturing activity improves in August

China manufacturing activity improves in August

Manufacturing activity in China grew for the first time in four months in August, two separate surveys have revealed. Firstly, the official China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) said its purchasing managers’ index (PMI) edged higher to 50.9 last month from July’s reading of 50.7. The index remains just above the crucial 50 level, [...]

September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK construction growth slows further in August

UK construction growth slows further in August

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has today revealed growth in the UK construction industry weakened in August. The PMI dipped to 52.6 in August from July’s reading of 53.5 – however, the figure was in line with expectations. Furthermore, the index remains above the crucial 50 mark, which [...]

September 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
South Korea inflation jumps to three-year high

South Korea inflation jumps to three-year high

Statistics Korea has today revealed South Korea’s inflation rate jumped to a three-year high of 5.3% in August as food costs continued to rise. The rate is up from 4.7% in July and represents the eighth consecutive month that inflation has been above the central bank’s target of 4%. Inflationary pressures are rife throughout the [...]

September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK manufacturing activity hits 26-month low

UK manufacturing activity hits 26-month low

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS)/Markit manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) has today revealed UK manufacturing activity contracted at the fastest pace in more than two years in August. The closely-watched CIPS/Markit manufacturing PMI fell to 49.0 last month from an upwardly revised 49.4 in July. The latest figure means the index remains [...]

September 1, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Nationwide: House prices down 0.6% in August

Nationwide: House prices down 0.6% in August

The latest house price index from the Nationwide Building Society has revealed prices fell by 0.6% in August on a monthly basis – the fastest pace since October 2010. On an annual basis, house prices are now 0.4% lower than this time last year with the average UK home costing £165,914. The latest figures suggest [...]

September 1, 2011 | 1 Comment 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 | 0 Comments More
Finances worsen for 40% of UK households

Finances worsen for 40% of UK households

Almost 40% of UK households saw their finances deteriorate in August, according to the latest Markit Household Finance Index, with the rate of deterioration faster than at the height of the recession. Worsening finances were evident across all income groups, age ranges and regions, as the survey registered the fastest fall in cash available to [...]

August 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More
US homebuilder confidence flat in August

US homebuilder confidence flat in August

US homebuilder confidence remained unchanged in August, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo sentiment index. The index showed a reading of 15 in August, unchanged from July’s reading, suggesting the US housing market remains subdued. However, the reading was in line with forecasts. The index, which first commenced more than 25 [...]

August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Rightmove: Asking prices down for second month in a row

Rightmove: Asking prices down for second month in a row

Property website, Rightmove, has today reported a drop in asking prices for the month of August – the second consecutive monthly fall. According to Rightmove, asking prices for residential property in England and Wales fell by 2.1% this month after a 1.6% decline in July. The property website, which claims to advertise 90% of the [...]

August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Base rate held at 0.5%

Base rate held at 0.5%

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has opted to keep the base rate at 0.5% in August, as widely expected. The rate has remained at its historic low for well over two years and earlier predictions of a rise this autumn lost credibility once UK economic growth slowed to 0.2%, in the second [...]

August 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More