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....The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said a large majority of surveyors in both London and south-east England were reporting falling prices, though the national picture is balanced by price rises in the West Midlands, the south-west and Northern Ireland. Homeowners who have enjoyed rising prices for years should get used to slower rates of growth or even a drop in the value of their home, say property market experts. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... This is a small country with tough planning laws and a tax system that creates incentives for people to invest in bricks and mortar. Mostly, limits on supply plus strong demand equals rising prices. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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New pension research: Is this really a golden era for retirement? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 10:29:00 AM
....New research suggests that the current generation of pensioners are actually living in a golden era for retirement. One financial expert even claims that retirees have never had it so good, which may surprise the many pensioners battling against rising prices on a low fixed income. ...
Boom or bust: what’s the truth about UK house prices? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:48 PM
....The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said a large majority of surveyors in both London and south-east England were reporting falling prices, though the national picture is balanced by price rises in the West Midlands, the south-west and Northern Ireland. Homeowners who have enjoyed rising prices for years should get used to slower rates of growth or even a drop in the value of their home, say property market experts. ...
Too much hinges on house prices: but Britain may yet avoid a crash image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 03:00:47 PM
.... This is a small country with tough planning laws and a tax system that creates incentives for people to invest in bricks and mortar. Mostly, limits on supply plus strong demand equals rising prices. ...
UK consumers cut spending on clothes, cars and foreign travel image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 11:01:05 PM
....“Consumer spending fell for the third month in a row in July, the first time overall spending had fallen for three consecutive months since February 2013,” said Kevin Jenkins, Visa’s UK and Ireland managing director. “The figure provides further evidence that rising prices and stagnant wage growth are squeezing consumers’ pockets. ...
Brexit is putting firms off giving pay rises, says Bank of England image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 11:13:47 AM
UK economy is about to surge back to life, says leading forecaster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 11:01:30 PM
....25%, its lowest level in the Bank’s 323-year history. Carney is likely to highlight how wages have failed to keep pace with rising prices, hitting real incomes and consumer spending. ...
How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? July verdict image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 05:01:27 AM
Spending falls at fastest rate for four years as consumers tighten belts image
. Household spending has fallen at the fastest rate in almost four years as rising prices have made consumers less willing to splash out on furniture, clothing and trips out. ...
House price pick-up allays fears of property market crash image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of July 2017 03:37:00 PM
....Given the spiralling rate of house price inflation in recent years, a property price slowdown is more to be welcomed than feared. Otherwise, buyers will be forced to take on ever larger amounts of debt to keep pace with rising prices, which will only suck money out of the economy and store up more debt problems for later, especially if interest rates rise faster than expected. ...
UK faces tightest squeeze on household incomes for five years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 12:57:38 PM
....“The pressure is ratcheting up on UK households, but consumers don’t seem to be fully aware of the crunch that is under way,” he said. “Despite weak wage growth and rising prices, consumers are continuing to spend by racking up more debt. ...
Household income falling at fastest rate since 1976 as UK savings rates crash image
....The consumer-driven momentum that has kept the British economy afloat since the Brexit vote is declining rapidly, with new data showing households in the grip of the most protracted squeeze on living standards since the economic crisis of the mid-1970s. Against a backdrop of rising prices and stagnant wage growth, incomes adjusted for inflation have now fallen for three successive quarters, the first time this has occurred since the International Monetary Fund had to bail Britain out in 1976. ...
Consumer confidence is lowest since Brexit vote aftermath, survey finds image
....There were further signs of consumer worries in separate polling by Lloyds Bank published on Friday. It found the proportion of people feeling good about their personal finances fell last month as rising prices and slow wage growth took their toll. ...
BoE economist wants to hear about hardship in the UK - first stop Wales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 06:26:47 PM
.... Instead Haldane – who some regard as a potential successor to the governor of the Bank, Mark Carney – is in listening mode, on the first leg of a nationwide tour that is aiming to feed the everyday experiences of ordinary households into monetary policymaking. Britain’s poorest families, he says, are being hardest hit by the rising prices of essentials like food and fuel, and action to prevent higher inflation becoming entrenched must therefore be a priority. ...
UK manufacturing soars thanks to weak pound and global recovery image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:55:53 AM
.... The balance for export orders rose from +10 points to +13 points – the joint highest in 22 years. But the CBI warned that manufacturers were still being affected by rising prices. ...
UK economy will slow amid Brexit talks and pay squeeze, warns CBI image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 19th of June 2017 11:01:49 PM
. Business group the CBI has warned the UK economy will shift down a gear as Brexit talks get under way and households are squeezed by rising prices. ...
Bank of England edges closer to increasing UK interest rates image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 11:11:41 AM
....Since the Brexit vote the Bank’s committee of rate-setters has been forced into a balancing act between keeping import-fuelled inflation in check and providing support to the economy as uncertainty and a squeeze on incomes bites. The five policymakers voting to leave interest rates on hold at June’s meeting, including the Bank’s governor, Mark Carney, appeared to be more worried about a slowdown in consumer spending as households grapple with rising prices and meagre wage growth. ...
DFS warns over profits in latest sign of UK spending squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 09:32:26 AM
....The profit alert came as official data showed a worse-than-expected 1. 2% decline in retail sales volumes in May, as rising prices depressed annual consumer spending growth to levels last seen in 2013. ...
Shop around to tackle inflation as rate at four-time high image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 08:20:00 AM
....3 per cent in March, with more expected as the pound weakens further after the election and pushes up the price of imported goods. Andrew Tully, pensions technical director at Retirement Advantage, says pensioners on fixed incomes are particularly hard hit by rising prices: "If inflation averaged 2 per cent over 20 years the typical retired household would somehow need to find a further £187 a week simply to maintain their standard of living. ...
Britons feel the squeeze as inflation rises to four-year high of 2.9% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of June 2017 08:37:27 AM
.... But in the latest official figures, there was evidence that sterling was a key factor. Statisticians highlighted the rising prices of package holidays, reflecting the growing cost of travelling abroad for Britons because of the weaker pound. ...
Aldi and Lidl sales soar as prices rise image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 10:53:37 AM
....1 million more households shopped at either store. Kantar said all supermarkets had seen "some level of rising prices". ...
Brexit economy: workers face squeeze but firms remain upbeat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 11:12:55 AM
.... Living standards are again falling, but while the economy has slowed markedly, as the latest GDP update showed, it continues to defy the gloomy forecasts of a Brexit recession made by some commentators this time last year. In the latest figures, unemployment is at the lowest level since 1975 and retail sales rebounded as shoppers apparently shrugged off any worries about rising prices to keep spending in April, although many retailers and economists take issue with the accuracy of the official data. ...
UK economy slows more than expected as inflation hits spending image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 09:24:06 AM
. The UK economy slowed even more sharply than first thought in the opening months of this year as rising prices in the wake of the Brexit vote took their toll on consumer spending. ...
UK economic growth estimate revised down image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 08:49:40 AM
....The ONS said there had been a slowdown "in consumer-focused industries, such as retail sales and accommodation". "This was partly due to rising prices," it added. ...
Price rises caused by Brexit a big worry for UK consumers, survey finds image
....4tn per annum – equivalent to 17% growth over the next five years. Beyond concerns over rising prices, Britons are also fretting about “bigger picture” issues. ...
The safety-first for savers and pensioners trying to secure shares image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 17th of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Maike Currie, investment director at Fidelity International, said gold, agriculture and property are good protectors against the wealth-eroding effects of rising prices. ...
FTSE 100's record-breaking streak continues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 09:33:01 AM
....3% in March. Connor Campbell of Spreadex said: "The Bank of England appears reluctant to combat rising prices with a rate hike; combine that with the alarming squeeze on real wages and the pound has little reason for cheer, something that only works in the FTSE's favour. ...
Holy guacamole! Avocado fans in UK face further price rises image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 12th of May 2017 03:45:26 PM
....25 a 11kg (25lb) box at the end of April. Morrisons supermarket has tried to tackle rising prices this week by offering a “wonky” version of the fruit, with an irregular shape or blemished skin, for 39p each. ...
UK high street sales weak as shoppers focus on buying essentials image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:01:52 AM
.... It said spending on these essentials was up more than 11% year on year, the fastest rate of growth since it began releasing consumer spending data in 2012. Paul Lockstone, managing director at Barclaycard, said: “A late Easter and rising prices provided a superficial boost to spending in April, but behind the headline figure it’s clear consumers are recognising and responding to the inflationary pressures being placed on household budgets. ...
Ofcom to probe high cost of directory enquiry calls image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 11:53:44 AM
....In addition, there is an access charge of up to 50p a minute from the telecoms operator. "Ofcom is very concerned about the rising prices of some 118 numbers, and we are already planning to review this market to ensure prices are transparent and fair to consumers," an Ofcom spokesperson said. ...
What's our cut? Energy firm lets customers see profit margins image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 8th of May 2017 07:52:55 AM
....The big six energy suppliers – British Gas, EDF, E. ON, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE – have been criticised for being slow to pass on falling wholesale costs, while being swift to impose rising prices on customers. ...
Value of the £5 note: How fiver has changed since old note introduced image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 5th of May 2017 01:41:00 PM
....Inflation grew at its most quickly between 1967 and 1977 at an average annual rate of 11. 3 per cent, and the lowest pace of rising prices has come in the 10 year to 2017 with annual increases of 2. ...
UK service sector growth picks up in April image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 4th of May 2017 09:49:29 AM
....3% in the first three months of the year, according to the initial estimate from the Office for National Statistics, the slowest growth rate since the first quarter of 2016. The weak growth rate was largely blamed on the impact of rising prices on household spending. ...
Lidl on course to surpass Waitrose and enter UK supermarket top seven image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of May 2017 08:24:46 AM
....Aldi overtook Waitrose in 2015 and then, in February, it moved past the Co-op to become the UK’s fifth-biggest grocer. McKevitt said the discounters would seek to cash in on shoppers’ concerns about rising prices and economic difficulties, but the major supermarkets would be fighting back. ...
UK house prices fall again in April as buyers feel the pinch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of April 2017 07:15:39 AM
....Consumers have been the main driver of UK economic growth since the financial crisis but there are mounting signs that the appetite for spending is beginning to wane. Retail sales are falling, and households have been dipping into their savings to maintain spending in the face of rising prices in the shops. ...
Poor working families face big losses from benefit cuts, says IFS image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 04:57:27 PM
....The Lib Dem spokeswoman Susan Kramer said: “Theresa May’s plans for a divisive hard Brexit and savage cuts to benefits will leave millions of working families worse off. Three million households will be hit to the tune of £2,500 a year as a result of cuts to tax credits, rising prices and the falling pound. ...
Brexit economy: living standards are falling as the snap election looms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 10:38:58 AM
....The prime minister will be hoping the resilience seen in the UK economy will hold over the coming months now that she has called an election for this June. But the Guardian’s monthly tracker of economic news shows living standards are already falling as rising prices outpace meagre pay growth. ...
Inflation puts the brakes on Britain's economic activity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of April 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... Economists do not expect the general election to change the economic outlook for this year – assuming the Conservatives are re-elected with an increased majority. Consumer spending has been strong and the main driver of UK economic growth, but economic surveys and the latest retail sales figures suggest spending started cooling markedly at the beginning of this year as shoppers felt the pinch from rising prices. ...
Next slashes Wolfson's pay by half after profits slide image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:35:51 PM
....Last month Next warned of a tough year ahead as it reported a 6% fall in 2016 profits to £790m. The fashion and homewares retailer blamed a combination of factors, with its customers' incomes being squeezed by rising prices, forcing them to rein in their spending on clothes. ...
Beijing bans property ads promising high returns and good feng shui image
. Online property portals in Beijing have been forced to remove "illegal information" in an attempt to curb rising prices in the capital. ...
Inflation is only going one way. Let's hope interest rates don't follow | Larry Elliott image
....The next thing for the MPC to consider is whether there is a risk of inflation becoming entrenched. That would happen if rising prices led to workers successfully negotiating higher wages to compensate them for the hit to living standards. ...
UK inflation rate remains at 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of April 2017 08:32:36 AM
. UK inflation held steady last month, as rising prices for food and clothing were offset by lower air fares. ...
Fashion for gluten- and dairy-free continues to grow image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:40:54 AM
.... The price of everyday goods is up by 2. 3% compared to this time last year, and rising prices cost the average household an additional £21. ...
Bank of England sounds new alarm over consumer credit binge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of April 2017 11:21:46 AM
....”. The Bank’s latest remarks on household debts follow signs that rising prices and sluggish wage growth are squeezing incomes and prompting some households to run down savings or turn to loans to cover their living costs. ...
China's young locked out of Beijing's property market image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 3rd of April 2017 08:17:18 AM
....Demand for property in China's top cities is so red hot, some couples are even undergoing fake divorces in order to buy additional homes. China's central bank has tried to clamp down on rising prices but that has done little to allay the woes of young workers who earn low wages. ...
Osborne’s huge tax giveaway starts for rich – as the poor are hit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 11:05:38 PM
....“These amount to unwise giveaways to richer households and unjustifiable takeaways from less well-off families. The result is higher inequality and a decision to squeeze living standards for low- and middle-income families at a time when rising prices are already outstripping wage growth. ...
New pound coin: £1 would be worth more than THREE times as much as original counterpart image
....The first £1 pound coin was introduced in 1983, but what you could buy for a quid then would now cost £3. 10p now after 34 years of rising prices. ...
UK retail sales shrug off Brexit fears with February rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 10:37:42 AM
....Chris Williamson, the chief business economist at IHS Markit said: “The consumer, which has provided the main engine of UK economic growth in recent years, is showing signs of running out of steam. Looking at the underlying trend, retail sales are falling at the fastest rate for seven years as households struggle with rising prices and subdued pay growth. ...
UK inflation rate leaps to 2.3% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 21st of March 2017 09:34:06 AM
.... . Chris Williamson, chief business economist at Markit, said: "It remains likely that policymakers will adopt an increasingly dovish tone in coming months, despite the rise in inflation, as the economy slows due to consumers being squeezed by low pay and rising prices. ...
Interest rate rise is further away than MPC vote suggests image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 05:50:07 PM
....6%, but this is as good as its gets for a while. Welfare cuts and rising prices will squeeze real incomes and choke off consumer spending in the months ahead. ...
UK interest rates kept on hold at 0.25% image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 12:38:45 PM
....Earlier on Thursday, the supermarket chain Sainsbury became the latest retailer to warn of the pressure to raise prices. Other MPC members noted consumers were turning more cautious amid slowing wage growth and rising prices. ...
UK unemployment falls to joint lowest rate since 1975 but wages stall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of March 2017 11:27:55 AM
....Frances O’Grady, the general secretary of the TUC, said the prime minister must put a stop to the slide in living standards. “Workers are facing the double whammy of rising prices and slower pay growth. ...
Budget deficit beyond 2025 warns spending watchdog image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 13th of March 2017 09:26:55 PM
....4% in November to 2%. It said the rise is being driven by consumer spending which will slow down as rising prices squeeze consumer budgets. ...
How free market helped big six energy firms to rack up huge profits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of March 2017 12:05:09 AM
....Mckay’s problem is shared by about one in 10 households across the country who are classed as in fuel poverty. Ofgem, the energy regulator, is introducing a price cap on pre-payment customers from April, but the majority of people in fuel poverty have standard meters, and everyone will be affected by rising prices. ...
Domino's feels the heat as Pizza Hut takes a slice out of sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 9th of March 2017 03:00:22 PM
....“Looking forward, the UK consumer environment is more difficult,” he said. “Our research tells us that customers are worried about rising prices. ...
UK economy will grow 2% this year but slow next, OBR predicts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 07:58:42 PM
. The UK economy will confound forecasts for a Brexit-related slowdown through 2017, but will then quickly run out of steam as rising prices hit consumer spending, the Office for Budget Responsibility has predicted. ...
Budget 2017: NHS, families, cars - your questions answered image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 05:14:18 PM
...."The recent sterling depreciation raises inflation while nominal earnings growth increases slightly" it explains. In other words, rising prices will squeeze real incomes. ...
Food inflation doubles in a month as UK shoppers start to feel the pinch image
....The rise in food prices ends a run of falling costs that began in September 2014 as supermarket competition in the sector intensified and companies stepped up price wars. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said that supermarkets including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons – the so-called big four – were now benefiting from rising prices. ...
UK workers' wages fell 1% a year between 2008 and 2015, TUC says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 27th of February 2017 12:01:43 AM
....It added that the ranking was unlikely to improve soon, with recent figures showing a new slowdown in earnings growth. UK workers also face renewed pressures from rising prices. ...
British Gas says competition has hit profits image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of February 2017 09:02:22 AM
....However, the government is concerned that two-thirds of all energy consumers remain on standard tariffs, which are the most expensive deals. British Gas recently announced it was freezing its tariffs until August, against a backdrop of rising prices at some other large energy companies. ...
Low-income families have less than £100 put away, report finds  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 09:24:00 AM
.... . "With inflation climbing fast, families are understandably concerned about the impact of rising prices on the household purse. ...
One in four UK families have less than £95 in savings, report finds image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:01:30 AM
.... It is expected to rise to about 3% early next year, as the sharp fall in the pound since the Brexit vote pushes up the price of goods imported from overseas. Brencher said: “With inflation climbing fast, families are understandably concerned about the impact of rising prices on the household purse. ...
Savers need a balancing act to beat inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 20th of February 2017 07:00:31 AM
....com, says the historically high returns in the rental market have disappeared, but property “is always going to win” when compared to savings rates in banks and building societies. “In a strong housing market landlords will benefit from rising prices, and in a flat economy the asset of a flat, apartment or house will still generate a rental income and so remains a useful asset to investors. ...
Tackle your debts while interest rates are at lowest image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of February 2017 11:59:00 AM
.... . Head of financial education Jeanette Makings says young people are struggling with student debt, low incomes and rising prices: “They earn entry-level salaries and are often saddled with debt, so it can be overwhelming to consider saving towards a pension or a property. ...
Brexit vote begins to bite as rising food and fuel bills hit retail sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 17th of February 2017 12:51:52 PM
.... Jobs market data this week showed wage growth slowed at the end of last year despite unemployment remaining at its lowest rate for more than a decade. “These figures provide the clearest evidence yet that rising prices will squeeze consumer spending throughout this year and into 2018,” said Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser at the consultancy PwC. ...
Waitrose voted UK's best supermarket image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 12:01:26 AM
....The consumer group also asked more than 4,700 people about their experience of using convenience stores, with M&S Simply Food stores coming top and stalwarts Budgens, Nisa and Spar at the bottom. “With concerns over rising prices, the competition among supermarkets is fiercer than ever,” said Richard Headland, Which? magazine editor. ...
Energy bills to rise up to 28% for thousands in UK as fixed contracts end image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 15th of February 2017 02:23:09 PM
.... Of the big six providers, Scottish Power’s online fixed saver is one of the cheaper deals. Stephen Murray, energy expert at Moneysupermarket, said: “The energy market is really unpredictable at the moment and a huge part of that is rising prices. ...
Days of low inflation are over with UK consumer finances to take a hit | Larry Elliott image
....It was nice while it lasted, but the days of ultra-low inflation are over – at least for the time being. The year ahead is going to be marked by rising prices and squeezed living standards, but the pickup in the cost of living needs to be put in perspective; January’s increase was smaller than expected, and the result of prices falling less sharply than they did a year ago. ...
Weak pound and rising inflation push clothing spend to five-year low image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 13th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....”. Last month official figures showed Britain’s retailers suffering a surprise end-of-year slump in sales, which analysts suggested was a sign that rising prices since the Brexit vote are starting to hurt people’s spending power. ...

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