The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data has shown that UK retail sales were flat last month after a decline in August, with volumes in the three months to September up 0.6% on the previous quarter. An increase in online sales in July was largely responsible for the growth. Sales were up 3.1% year-on-year in…

The number of first-time buyers in August reached the highest level since just before the financial crisis, according to the latest mortgage trends data by UK Finance, with 35,010 mortgage completions for new buyers – an increase of 0.7% on August last year. During the month there were 18,640 new remortgages with additional borrowing, down…

The Spectre of a no-deal Brexit is holding back consumer spending according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium. The figures show that in September, UK retail sales decreased by 1.7% on a Like-for-like basis from September 2018, when they had decreased 0.2% from the preceding year. This is worse than both the…

Poverty is rising for all groups – even those in work – according to a new financial inclusion monitor report. The report from the University of Birmingham and the University of Lincoln shows nearly 1.6 million people falling behind with council tax payments, with six in ten people in the poorest fifth of the population reporting…

Small firms are calling on the Government to secure a Brexit deal and come forward with radical policy interventions to arrest a dogged lack of confidence among business owners as new FSB research shows rising costs and uncertainty increasingly taking their toll.Its SBI confidence measure stands at -8.1 in Q3 2019, down more than six…

The latest Purchasing Managers’ Index data for the service sector highlights the rising risk of a recession in the UK. The drop from 50.6 points to 49.5 points in September, means the service sector is the latest to fall below the neutral 50-points line that divides expansion from contraction. This is only the fifth time…

A report by UK Finance has suggested that fewer than one in ten purchases will involve cash by the year 2028. The rise of contactless payments means many consumers no longer carry notes and coins and only 4% mainly use cash. The report also found that 6,240 cash machines were removed during 2018, taking the…

With 30 days until the October 31 Brexit deadline, the number of Brits saying they have put off a big financial decision has risen to one in five (19 per cent) – equal to ten million people. The major outgoings currently on ice for one in five people include booking a holiday (38 per cent…

The Bank of England has released its latest Money and Credit statistics which show that net consumer credit fell to £0.9 billion in August, slightly below the average of the past year. The statistics also showed that the number of mortgage approvals for house purchase fell to 65,500 in August, down from the 18 month…

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