Over a third of UK shoppers say they will be able to spend less on their Christmas shopping this year compared to 2016, the latest Christmas Barometer™ from Ferratum has revealed. The survey, which collected the opinions of 21,000 consumers across Ferratum Group’s 20 country locations, revealed that 33% of the UK public have become…

The Central Bank of Ireland has today published its second edition of the 2017 Macro-Financial Review (MFR), which provides an overview of the current state of the macro-financial environment in Ireland. Despite a global economic recovery that continues to strengthen, the Review highlights a range of risks to the Irish economy and financial system. The…

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published its latest UK consumer price inflation figures which show that the Consumer Prices Index was at 3.1% in November 2017, up from 3% in October 2017 and at its highest since March 2012. Commenting on the ONS figures Jane Tully, Director of external affairs at the Money…

The UK Government has announced that it has completed its first sale of the English student loan book. The sale raised £1.7 billion with a face value of £3.54 billion The sale included loans issued by English Local Authorities under the previous (pre-2012) system, specifically those that entered repayment between 2002 and 2006. The loan…

A new study from Scottish Widows’ independent think tank, The Centre for the Modern Family, has found that four in ten (43%) grandparents help their families to fund the festive season, spending a collective £932 million. More than a third (36%) of them make sacrifices to compensate for the extra expenditure at Christmas.The Silver Supporters report, the…

UK households are set to spend around £20 billion celebrating Christmas. According to new research commissioned by GoCompare Money, this Christmas the average British household expects to spend £726 on presents, parties, feasting, gifts and decorations. For UK households as a whole – that equates to £20.3bn. Gifts for loved ones represent just over half of…

Latest figures from the Bank of England have shown lending on credit cards and loans have fallen to an 18-month low. The Bank of England figures showed that unsecured consumer credit grew by 9.6% year on year in October, down from 9.8% in September. Consumers added £1.5bn to the pile of consumer debt, which rose to…

The Financial Conduct Authority has released a new report on illegal money lenders. The report titled “Shining a light on illegal money lending: consumer experiences of unauthorised lending in the UK” highlights the real-life consequences of reducing access to responsible, regulated, short-term credit. In a statement, the FCA said  “Last year we conducted research with our…

The effects of a ‘hard’ Brexit will be decisive for the innovation capacity and competitiveness of the British automotive industry according to new research by Coface. After an exceptional peak in production of vehicles recorded in mid-2016 (1.02 million unit sales, up 8.5% for the January-August period compared to the same period in 2015), 2017…

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