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UK debt: worried lenders feel the pinch

The average debt per adult in the UK was GBP4,021 at the end of 2005. Lenders are now feeling the strain of ever-increasing unsecured debts, and many have to increase their bad debt provisions, as consumers struggle to meet their debt commitments. With bad debts more of an issue, indebted consumers may find it more difficult to get relatively cheap credit.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Mar 2006
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK debt: young women in financial jeopardy

Every single 18 to 28 year old woman questioned in a magazine's consumer survey had some kind of debt. Student loans were the most popular source of debt, followed by overdrafts, credit and store cards. While levels of consumer debt appear to be sustainable at present, a rise in the base rate could cause serious financial problems for a generation of young women.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Dec 2003
Expert View
Expert View

UK deflation threat calls for new retail strategies

Currently, the European markets are threatened by deflation, a situation that in some countries is reaching record dimensions; for example, in the UK, where the Consumer Price Index inflation fell to 0.32% in January 2015. The shadow of deflation is having a strong impact on the UK retail and consumer goods sectors.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Apr 2015
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UK demand growth needs nuclear and renewables to hit the target

UK power demand is forecast to grow year-on-year by 1.4% to 2030 according to Datamonitor's latest outlook, with demand reaching approximately 410TWh.

Published By Datamonitor
14 Jun 2013
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK demographics: seniors to overtake the young

Published By Datamonitor
07 Aug 2001
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UK DIY specialists: diversifying to survive

The Big Four DIY specialists have experienced somewhat of a renaissance in 2009, following significant like-for-like declines in 2008. This has very much been driven by range diversification and transferred spend; demand in core DIY categories remains stagnant and smaller independents with a high exposure to these categories these are still struggling.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Oct 2009
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UK doctors slow to utilize combination therapy for hypertension

According to new Datamonitor research, the majority of hypertension sufferers are not fully controlled on a single antihypertensive therapy. With many patients requiring a combination of two or three drugs from different classes to adequately lower their blood pressure, not enough doctors are recognizing the importance of multiple drug administration.

Published By Datamonitor
26 Nov 2004
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UK domestic energy bills expected to soar as suppliers prepare to increase tariffs

UK energy suppliers have indicated that customers are likely to see higher energy prices in 2008. Rising wholesale prices have again been cited as the motivation for raising household bills. However, the argument in favor of an upward adjustment is tenuous and lacks substantial evidence to justify this move, so energy suppliers will have to be careful about how they implement any increases.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2008
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UK domestic energy tariffs - good cap, bad cap

The expiry of at least six fixed-term, fixed-price products in the coming months will see some UK households face a notable increase in their energy bills as tariffs rise to standard rates. With the wholesale gas curve continuing to fall, consumers should not clamber to re-sign capped price deals.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2007
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK drinking: sophistication nation

Drinks companies are increasingly finding that the popularity of 'alcopops' and RTDs is on the wane. UK drinkers are seemingly becoming more upmarket in their tastes, as evidenced by the vibrant bar culture in Manchester, which is seen as pointing the way towards a more mature drinking culture across the UK.

Published By Datamonitor
18 May 2004

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