Consumer spending

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UK households suffer biggest fall in available cash in eight years
Cashflow hit by rising expenses amid surging bills and impact of Omicron, finds quarterly study

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

12, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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UK retailers warn sales at risk from soaring cost of living in 2022
Industry says consumer spending is likely to be held back after strong full-year figures for retail in 2021

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

11, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Free market, tax-cutting economics will not ease the UK’s cost of living squeeze | Richard Partington
Reaching for the tax-cutting playbook won’t solve Britain’s problems – the current crisis was a decade in the making before Covid

Richard Partington

09, Jan, 2022 @1:38 PM

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Combination of cost of living crisis and Covid spell trouble for Boris Johnson
Analysis: PM is already on back foot over rising energy bills, with Labour in prime position to inflict damage

Jessica Elgot Chief political correspondent

06, Jan, 2022 @1:42 PM

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Buy now, pay later customers unaware of debt risks, warns Which?
Consumer body calls for safeguards such as affordability checks in advance of FCA regulation

Rupert Jones

06, Jan, 2022 @12:01 AM

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Britain’s stalling economy blamed on inflation and product shortages
Last quarter survey of 2021 shows firms worried about raised interest rates, and cash flow and debt issues, prior to plan B Covid rules

Phillip Inman

05, Jan, 2022 @10:30 PM

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Online shopping, pets and takeaways fuel surge in UK spending in 2021
Spending on holidays expected to be priority in 2022 but outlook is uncertain amid inflation and Covid uncertainty, says Barclaycard

Joanna Partridge

31, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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How twin pressures of Brexit and raw material shortage damaged GDP
Analysis: The UK’s revised-down Q3 figures should come as no surprise given business has been in second gear since 2016

Phillip Inman

22, Dec, 2021 @3:12 PM

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Retail sales slow after UK’s Covid plan B measures announced
Survey confirms ‘chilling effect’ of Omicron variant in the run-up to Christmas, says CBI

Larry Elliott Economics editor

21, Dec, 2021 @3:33 PM

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Omicron dashes high streets’ hopes of bumper weekend before Christmas
Visits to retailers over last weekend before holiday fail to fulfil hope of windfall after pandemic struggles

Kalyeena Makortoff

19, Dec, 2021 @7:47 PM

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UK high street footfall drops ahead of busiest shopping weekend of the year
Omicron fears and earlier Christmas shopping dampen festive mood for retailers as some stores bring forward Boxing Day sales

Hilary Osborne

17, Dec, 2021 @5:53 PM

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Helping readers on the consumer desk: ‘We’re canaries in the coalmine’
Our consumer affairs editor reflects on a year spent wrestling with emerging Covid scams and Brexit logjams

Hilary Osborne

06, Dec, 2021 @8:00 AM

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