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CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

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
Expert View
Expert View

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
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK payments: let's PIN card fraudsters down

APACS will begin public trials this spring, with the hope of rolling out the technology nationally within three years. The UK card fraud rate is one of Europe's highest, and this technology should significantly cut the use of counterfeits and stolen cards. However, it will do little to cut the related problem of online and remote card fraud.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2002
ResearchWire
ResearchWire

UK pension distributors: bancassurers could gain 4.1% of market share

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pension provision: lean not mean

A study by the OECD has indicated that the UK has one of the lowest levels of state pension provision of any major Western nation. However, with the proportion of the population drawing pensions increasing, raising state pensions would be dangerous. While there are clear problems to be addressed, the long-term outlook is still considerably brighter than that of many European countries.

Published By Datamonitor
04 May 2005
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pension scheme: DWP simplifies auto-enrolment criteria

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced that the threshold at which employees will be automatically enrolled into the National Employments Savings Trust scheme has been raised from its provisional annual income benchmark of GBP5,035 to GBP7,475, simplifying the procedure and making it more cost effective for the government and employers.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Nov 2010
CommentWire
CommentWire

UK pensioners: growing need for extra income

The government is taking steps to improve the pension situation by encouraging people to work past the official retirement age. Even though measures such as lump sum payments are important to enhance some pensioners' financial positions in the near future, the real problem lies within the structure of pension provision.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Feb 2004

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