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UK online spending increases

UK online spending increases

Latest OFCOM figures have shown that online spending for the UK in 2012 increased on average by 16% per person compared to 2011. This meant an increased average spend of £1,175 compared to £1,017 the previous year, more than double the average spend per head of other countries in the survey. This is, according to…

UK high streets benefit from July heatwave

UK high streets benefit from July heatwave

It seems that sunny summer days of July were not only good news for our suntans in the UK, but they also meant a very decent spell for the High Street too. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said that sales were up by 2.2% on July 2012, fuelled mainly by the rush to buy summer…

Will the UK economy handle another shock?

Will the UK economy handle another shock?

This economic recovery seems to be particularly fragile in the UK, despite it now being five years since the original crash. The stock market jitter last week served as a reminder that it probably would not take much to derail the economy once again. We can’t predict where the next shock will happen – it…

UK: Unemployment ‘Reality Check’

UK: Unemployment ‘Reality Check’

Unemployment figures increased by 15,000 in the three months to the end of March, which means that the period of falling unemployment has now come to an end. Pay growth has also slowed considerably at the lowest rate since 2009 and – if bonuses are ignored – these are actually the worst figures since the…

Small Business Saturday coming to UK

Small Business Saturday coming to UK

A popular US initiative backed by Barack Obama and whole host of celebrities is being launched in Britain by the Shadow Business Secretary Chukka Umunna. Held just after Thanksgiving, “Small Business Saturday” has been one of the busiest shopping days of the year in the US for the past three years. It boosted spending on…

UK: Easter retail suffers cold weather slump

UK: Easter retail suffers cold weather slump

Despite the expected retail boost of an early Easter the dreadful weather over the holiday meant that retail sales slowed in March, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BBC reports that although like-for-like sales are actually up by 1.9% over the same period in 2012, this was down from the 2.7% rise that…

Largest Cyber Attack in history taking place now

Largest Cyber Attack in history taking place now

Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the biggest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in history, according to the BBC. The ongoing attack is causing global internet slowdown. The sheer scale of this attack has never been seen before and it has been going on for well over a week. It has been targeted at a…

Mark Prisk, MP – Top Gun Fighter Pilot?

Mark Prisk, Minister for Business and Enterprise has written a blog post on the BIS website entitled: “Working together with small business“. While I blame the last government for the current economic mess we are all in, I think there is a tendency in the current government to “SPIN” their way out of certain issues,…

A Hung Parliament? What Next For The UK?

Election 2010, with all the live debates, bickering and electioneering, has resulted in a ‘Hung Parliament’. The press has been warning us of the dangers of a Hung Parliament, and the Politicians have been telling us to tactically vote in order to prevent it from happening. It seems, however, that the General Public have been…

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