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UK consumers play the mortgage game

New research has revealed that mortgage lending in the UK will decline 10% over the next three years as the housing market and house price growth stalls. The trend will make the next few years tough for mortgage lenders and in addition to a slowing market, the UK's mortgage industry faces new challenges brought about by the reshaping of the distribution landscape and a more competitive market.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Apr 2005
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UK consumers unfazed by contactless hype

Although ownership and awareness of contactless payment cards are both on the rise, a growing number of UK contactless card holders are choosing to use other more established payment methods.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Mar 2014
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UK consumers' budgets are still under pressure, despite an ease in inflation

The UK Consumer Price Index eased in April, standing at 3.0% compared to the 3.5% recorded in March. While this is a step in the right direction, essential items such as fuel and food remain highly inflationary and earnings growth is low. Consumers will see no real benefit from the lower inflation rate, budgets will remain under substantial pressure, and spending will continue to be restricted.

Published By Datamonitor
25 May 2012
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UK consumers: shopping for value, but reluctant to compromise on quality

Most UK consumers are feeling the impact of the economic downturn on their lives, but are not making major changes to their consumption patterns in the grocery arena. However, although retail sales in the UK continue to show a slight increase, there are a number of downturn-induced attitudinal and behavioral adjustments that need to be acknowledged and acted upon.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jul 2009
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UK consumers: time-pressures remain, despite more leisure time

A new Datamonitor report has revealed that close to 40% of British consumers find it difficult to manage daily obligations and find time to relax. They feel that they are steadily losing out on leisure time, despite the fact that, in reality, the average amount of daily leisure time has been increasing steadily for the last few decades.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Nov 2008
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CommentWire

UK convenience stores: retailers go to town

At a conference with town planning authorities, the UK deputy prime minister John Prescott made it abundantly clear that the trend for large out-of-town superstores is set to reverse. In opting for urban locations, leading retailers can attract a new demographic; urban convenience-oriented consumers.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jul 2005
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UK conventional thermal and nuclear capacity in doubt

The life of the UK's existing nuclear capacity has been extended until September 2014 and preliminary approval has been given to a new site in Somerset. However, with the Kingsnorth coal-fired plant due to come offline in March 2013, and with nuclear capacity set to fluctuate due to additions and closures, the government must ensure its Electricity Market Reform guarantees replacement capacity.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2012
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UK credit card debt surges to GBP1,140 per head

The lure of the credit card continues to prove irresistible for UK consumers, with credit card debt hitting a new record high. Datamonitor's Kieran Hines argues that any sudden increases in the base rate of interest will put pressure on mortgage repayments and may have a knock-on effect on the ability of some consumers to repay their credit card balances...

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2004
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UK credit card issuers moving towards better lending practices

Following the commitments made by banks earlier this year as part of the revised Banking Code, five UK credit card issuers have agreed to share more customer credit data with credit agencies from December 2008. The move may be a sign of further changes in the way financial institutions conduct business as they attempt to minimize their exposure to risk in the wake of the global credit crunch.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Nov 2008
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UK credit card ruling provides brief respite in turbulent times

The high court ruling on lenders' obligations under the Consumer Credit Act will be welcome news for the cards industry after a difficult 12 months. However, while 2009 will be remembered as a challenging year for UK card issuers, 2010 is likely to be no easier. Consumers are cutting back on their use of credit cards while unemployment continues to turn once good loans bad.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Jan 2010

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