A survey of 1,500 small business owners by Hitachi Capital found the extra money firms need to spend on Covid infection-control measures will drag out the financial hit of the pandemic. Office risk assessments, signs, sanitising products, professional cleaning and air filtering systems are forecast to cost small business about £4,850 each on average this…

Consumer spending was 7.6 per cent higher than in May two years ago according to new analysis by Barclaycard. The data from Barclaycard, which sees nearly half of the nation’s credit and debit card transactions, reveals that spending on essential items grew 11.4 per cent compared to May 2019 – the sharpest increase since before…

Business confidence in May hit its highest point since June 2014, driven by the rollout of the vaccine programme and further easing of lockdown restrictions according to BDO’s latest Optimism Index, which quizzes businesses to calculate optimism, The Index jumped from 99.85 in April to 109.71 the following month, above the long-term average of 100.…

Low-paid workers are expected to face the highest risk of losing their jobs when the government’s furlough scheme ends in September, according to analysis by the Resolution Foundation. While the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme is widely believed to have prevented millions of job losses, economists are concerned that some jobs will still not be…

Just 7% of UK shop payments predicted to be in cash by 2024 according to new research by Worldpay. The report found that cash purchases fell to 13% last year as pandemic increased the switch to cards and mobiles The report found that by 2024 it expects tha mobile to make up a third of…

SMEs are now more optimistic than pre-pandemic, predicting a 9.8 per cent increase in revenue this quarter compared to Q1 2021 – jumping to 21 per cent for the hospitality and leisure sector as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, according to research by Barclaycard. The SME Barometer polled over 670 senior staff working in UK…

Consumer spending has recovered to levels last seen before the pandemic as it rises 0.4% in April compared with the same period in 2019, up from a 7.2% contraction in March and the first expansion this year, according to data from Barclaycard. The data indicates that spending on essential items rose 10.1 per cent compared…

New analysis by EY ITEM Club’s Interim Bank Lending Forecast expects consumer credit to grow 10.5% in 2021 and 9.1% in 2022 as consumer spending rebounds post-lockdown. Net lending via credit cards and personal loans turned negative in 2020 and remained in negative territory in the first three months of this year. Annual growth in February…

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