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2009 will see the worst high street growth on record

Pressure on the high street will not ease after Christmas and is set to intensify in 2009. Excluding sales at grocery multiples and over the internet, high street retail spending will shrink by over 4%, the largest drop in over 40 years. Negative growth at a time of increasing costs could potentially wipe GBP3.6 billion off the collective profits of leading retailers in 2009.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Dec 2008
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2010 UK Budget: bank accounts for all

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has announced plans in his 2010 Budget to broaden access to financial services by compelling banks to provide accounts to all consumers, regardless of their financial status. However, the extra costs that this proposal may impose on banks could encourage them to levy monthly fees on all account holders in an effort to maintain profit levels.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Mar 2010
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2011 was nothing for retailers to write home about

2011 was a challenging year for retail, particularly for those in home-related sectors. A stagnant housing market prevented many first-time buyers from getting on the property ladder, and homeowners were reluctant to sell in a buyer's market.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jan 2012
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2013: brighter prospects for competition in UK retail banking

Although the level of competition in UK retail banking has remained stubbornly low despite the disruptive effects of the 2008 financial crisis, there will be substantial changes in 2013. Relaxed capital requirements for new entrants, easier account-switching procedures, and the launch of bank accounts by at least two high-profile new entrants will significantly alter the landscape.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Jan 2013
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2013: micro-managing finances through the mobile

Consumers attempting to stick to a budget have a number of tools available to them through their mobile phones to aid the management of their money. Regular micro-management of finances facilitates saving and keeps track of everyday spending. Third-party providers are currently leading the field but these tools are a clear next step for mainstream banking apps.

Published By Datamonitor
08 Jan 2013
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2013: mortgage market enters the new year on an optimistic note

The UK mortgage market is set for its strongest year since the credit crunch began in 2008, as the Funding for Lending Scheme increases mortgage availability and consumer demand rises on the back of historically low rates.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2013
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2013: the year of the cloud

The lackluster performance of NFC-based wallets globally compared to the relative success of cloud-based payment models using bar and QR codes suggests that the latter will continue to see rapid development in the year ahead.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jan 2013
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2017: a turning point for wealth managers

The 2007-08 financial crisis has had an enduring effect on the composition of the global retail savings and investments market and has put significant pressure on wealth managers, but the situation is slowly improving.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Jun 2013
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2030 decarbonization target narrowly defeated

The UK government's Energy Bill passed its third reading on June 4, 2013, and will proceed to the House of Lords without the inclusion of a divisive decarbonization target.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Jun 2013
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2030: conventional thermal to fill nuclear gap in Germany

Germany's dependence on fossil fuels - namely gas and coal-fired generation - will continue beyond 2030 according to Datamonitor's 2030 power forecast, driven by the assumed exit from nuclear generation by the end of 2022 when some 4GW of nuclear capacity comes offline.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Jun 2013

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