Consumer spending

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The problem with the nudge effect: it can make you buy more carrots – but it can’t make you eat them
It has long been thought that psychological tactics can persuade consumers to adopt much healthier habits. But it turns out there is a hitch …

27, May, 2024 @4:18 PM

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Corporations are forcing Americans to pay more for less – in their own words | Matt Stoller
Companies in the oil, hotel, meat and other sectors are price-gouging the US public. They’re not hiding it, either

Matt Stoller

23, May, 2024 @10:01 AM

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Three years of pain: how inflation drove the UK cost of living crisis
With prices forecast to increase at their slowest pace since 2021, we look at the biggest risers in goods and services

Hazel Sheffield

21, May, 2024 @4:29 PM

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Wet weather woes cause damp start to spring for retailers and restaurants
Consumer caution over high interest rates and energy bills adds to bleak start to the year for sector

Sarah Butler

07, May, 2024 @5:00 AM

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Best supermarket frozen chips: Choice names same brand as the top and bottom performer
Consumer advocacy group hands gold medal to a thin and crispy chip – although the same brand’s shoestring fries are also the worst-ranked product

Janine Israel

30, Apr, 2024 @6:44 AM

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Littler India: why Britain’s south Asian garment stores are struggling
They have been resilient amid wider high street decline – but units are now emptying in areas such as Southall, west London

Neha Gohil Community affairs correspondent

27, Apr, 2024 @6:00 AM

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Sainsbury’s says sales revival in big-ticket items depends on base rate cut
Chain is winning market share from rivals but discretionary spend remains cautious, CEO Simon Roberts says

Sarah Butler

25, Apr, 2024 @2:56 PM

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UK retailers attract more Easter shoppers despite cost of living crisis
Figures show sales rose 3.5% in March, the first increase above inflation since early in the crisis

Richard Partington Economics correspondent

16, Apr, 2024 @5:00 AM

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Australians’ spending softened in March after Taylor Swift concert splurge
The economy is limping into 2024 after per capita activity shrank for the final three-quarters of last year

Peter Hannam

10, Apr, 2024 @11:00 PM

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‘I run out of money each month’: the Americans borrowing to cover daily expenses
Respondents tell us about personal levels of borrowing, with most saying they were now struggling to repay their debts

Jedidajah Otte

09, Apr, 2024 @8:00 PM

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UK retailers given hope of ‘green shoots of recovery’ after Easter pickup
Sector enjoyed best month in more than two years in March, consumer spending report shows

Larry Elliott Economics editor

08, Apr, 2024 @11:01 PM

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Higher stout consumption driven by female drinkers and low alcohol options
New flavours and desire for more choice help stout consumption in UK increase by 23% between 2021 and 2022

Sarah Marsh Consumer affairs correspondent

04, Apr, 2024 @10:14 AM

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