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UK offshore windfarms: transmission charges bring clarity

The government has announced that the UK is to use a 'price control approach' for setting transmission charges for offshore grid connections. This will provide offshore generators with some financial certainty as to the cost of being connected to the transmission network once the plant is built, but does little to reassure them about financing that connection in the first place.

Published By Datamonitor
06 Apr 2006
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UK online sales to almost triple over next five years

In 2006, online retail spending in the UK grew by 33.4%, to a record GBP10.9 billion, almost 13 times faster than the retail sector overall, thanks largely to retailer investment and low-cost broadband. However, unlike five years ago, no reasons for an end to the boom are apparent, and online sales look set to almost triple over the next five years, to reach GBP28 billion in 2011.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2007
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UK onshore bonds slow as investors look to move offshore

The onshore investment bond market has declined significantly by 24% compounded annually over five years between 2006 and 2010. Affluent investors using these products in retirement planning are looking to offshore alternatives to mitigate onshore tax issues and stock market volatility.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Nov 2011
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UK onshore wind faces uncertain future

Onshore wind farms are falling out of favor with the British public, and the Conservative Party has pledged to stop subsidies if it wins the next general election.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Apr 2014
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UK organics: harvesting rewards

Figures released by The Soil Association, the UK's main body promoting organic food and organic farming, indicate that sales of organic produce grew by 10% over the past year. Sales of organic food now amount to GBP1.12 billion a year and are growing by GBP2 million a week. This growth rate is twice as high as that of the overall grocery sector.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Nov 2004
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UK out-of-town shopping: parking tax unlikely to work

The Commission for Integrated Transport believes that abolishing free parking at out-of-town shopping centers would help to save traditional high streets from terminal decline, as well as protect the environment. However, the recommendation fails to understand the realities of retailing and provides a remedy that is unlikely to work.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2006
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UK payment cards: no cut in merchant fees for now

Retailers have long complained about the fees merchant acquirers charge them for processing transactions. The acquirers say this is due to the high charges they pay to card issuers. A recent investigation sparked hopes of intervention to cut these costs, but little action was taken. Change may still happen in the long term, but it will take some time.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Nov 2001
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UK payments insurance: FSA's stance is tough but necessary

City watchdog the FSA is planning a crackdown on companies that do not offer refunds on cancelled PPI policies. The continued scrutiny of the sector is likely to further reduce lenders' and insurers' income from creditor insurance products, but combating unfair practices is a prerequisite to regaining consumers' trust in the product.

Published By Datamonitor
29 Jun 2006
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UK payments: cheques checking out

UK retailers are increasingly abandoning cheques in favor of card-based payments, with health and beauty retailer Boots becoming the latest in a series of firms to begin banishing cheques. Supermarkets Tesco and Asda have already begun restricting cheque transactions, while Shell no longer accepts them at its UK forecourts. This clearly signals the decline of cheques as a major payment mechanism.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Sep 2006
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UK payments: debit cards to exceed cash in 2010

Visa Europe has confidently predicted that the value of debit card transactions will eclipse those made by cash in the UK in 2010. While this would be a landmark in the development of payments in the UK, creating opportunities for retailers to implement greater automation at the point of sale, for card-issuing banks it would present a further challenge to revenues in the credit card space.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jan 2010

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