Consumer Spending

The Magic Men Making Us Broke

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Companies design for planned obsolescence - so that products breakdown forcing us to buy more and more often. But it was us that created psychological obsolescence. We want the newest, shiniest whatever the second it is available regardless of whether the slightly older, slightly less shiny thing is still working perfectly or is in no way demonstrably inferior.

How Etailers Can at Long Last Capture the Passing Online Customer

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. David Patterson

Only about 25 per cent of online consumers impulse buy - a lot less than when they are in store. It's clear that online stores are currently missing a significant revenue opportunity. Rather than trying to define future purchases based on previous consumer behaviour, ambient ecommerce focuses on the 'here and now'.

Consumer Outlook: Generally Sunny with Localised Showers

Matthew Oakley | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

GDP growth has outperformed consensus expectations since last summer and forecasts have been revised up significantly for the year ahead. But it is also clear that we still have some way to go to ensure that all consumers can look forward to sustained increases in their living standards.

Thomas Tamblyn

Will Amazon Crack The UK With The Fire Phone?

HuffingtonPost.com | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Tech

The Amazon Fire Phone is here -- and sure enough, it boasts a revolutionary '3D' display which can adjust the perspective within apps and games as you...

UK's Online Spending: The Latest Big News for the E-commerce World...

Mark Braund | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

These observations of UK e-commerce are in fact all the more interesting given that one of the hot topics going into 2014 was the news that more than one third of online sales are now reported to be made via mobile device.

Inconspicuous Branded Consumption Is the New Business Buzzword in Retail

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Previously, economists have coined the term the 'lipstick effect' to describe consumers' desire to increase their purchase of goods, like lipstick and chocolate, when faced with an economic or social crisis.

Growth Up and Unemployment Down, But Living Standards Concerns Are Here to Stay

Matthew Oakley | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The recovery seems to have well and truly set in. Today's ONS release of UK growth data suggests that the UK economy grew by 0.7% in the fourth quarter of 2013. With brighter prospects for the economy and wages, many commentators are hailing the end of the "cost of living crisis"...

Spending Up, Consumption Down: The Impact of Price Rises and Recession

Matthew Oakley | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
Matthew Oakley

The first few weeks of 2014 have shown that, while commentators and economists seem convinced that the recovery has set in, the economic and political battle over living standards and the cost of living remains as strong as it was in 2013.

Am I Bothered? Why Customers Will Drive the High Street Revival

simon baldwin | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

All the talk over the last few years around the death of the High Street continues to bother me. It assumes one thing: that online is killing traditional retail and will be the final nail in the coffin. But as I have continued to ask, is that really the case?

The Five Which? Charts That Frame the Autumn Statement

Matthew Oakley | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Oakley

When the Chancellor stands up to give his Autumn Statement on Thursday, he will be reassured that the economy and consumer views are more positive than this time last year. But Which? consumer insight shows that the battle isn't yet won.

From Bling to Low-Key Luxe: How China Is Influencing the Luxury Market

Martin Nieri | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Martin Nieri

Spend, spend, spend: London's retailers were rubbing their hands together in anticipation at the start of October, and not because of any early pre-Christmas splurge from UK shoppers. The glimmer in their eyes was down to an influx of thousands of Chinese tourists, who see London as one of the bona fide luxury centres of the world...

'Untarnished Transparency' Is the Only Way Back for Energy Companies

Tom Clive | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Clive

Energy companies should be more transparent and structured in the way they justify price increases. The disparity between what Ofgem and the energy companies have said has left the latter in an awkward position. The four energy firms that have announced price hikes so far, have said that the rises are due to increasing wholesale prices, and the cost of transporting energy to homes.

Should Estate Agent Fees, and Indeed All Fees, for Professional Services Include VAT?

Adam Day | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK
Adam Day

I hate VAT. I hate it as both a business owner and a consumer. But I hate it even more when it's not 'wrapped up' within the price of the product or service that I am purchasing, as a consumer. So why do professional services, that are selling to the consumer, quote fees that are 'exclusive', or 'plus VAT'? It has never made sense to me.

What is the True Cost of Bagging a Bargain? The Value of the See Through Fashion Campaign

Roxanne Fox | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Roxanne Fox

Having walked in the way of temptation and failed to resist, a few hours later the ensuing guilt rears its ugly head. In the past this regret would simply result from my tendency to make impulsive purchases, despite an ever-dwindling bank balance. These days it is far worse.

So When Will the Economy Recover? Probably Never

Owen Burek | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Politics
Owen Burek

Forget the headlines, our economy is on the high road to ruin. Its apparent recovery is artificial and the reality is that our government is set to bankrupt our country. Don't believe me?

Poor Web Education is Leaving Millions Out of Pocket

Marie-Louise Abretti | Posted 12.10.2013 | UK Tech
Marie-Louise Abretti

While access to the internet is one thing - the government is working to grant 90% of premises across the UK with broadband speeds of at least 2Mbps - education has been overlooked. We need better education so that consumers know about these costs and can make an informed decision.

A Short History of Social Gaming and How It Is Being Monetised Today

Shane Happach | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Tech
Shane Happach

t's an exciting time for the social gaming landscape, and it's fair to say that many operators are still at the beginning of the path to monetisation (and a more immersive experience for all). The key to success here will be personalisation and accounting for cultural preferences, as well as making the payment experience as seamless as possible.

The Hidden Cost of Tablet Computers

Django Wylie | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Tech
Django Wylie

Tablets seem to embody the neutralisation and monetisation of a technology's liberating potential. What is more, after the rise of hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, tablets certainly appear more conducive to placidity and less threatening to the status quo.

Act Now! Consumer Shopping Habits Are Evolving

Jon Worley | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Jon Worley

High-street retailers looking to weather the peaks and troughs of our current economy must consider implementing a joined up multi-channel strategy.

A Return to Consumer Confidence?

Charlie Mullins | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK
Charlie Mullins

After some turbulent economic times, there are signs that things are looking up for consumers this spring.

Brass Not Class - It's Understanding Your Money That Matters

David Royle | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK
David Royle

The British obsession with class has been revisited again, this week with the announcement that we no longer fit into three social classes. Instead we...

A Snapshot of the UK Economy (Infographic)

Sean McColgan | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
Sean McColgan

If you were in charge of the UK Economy what would you spend the UK taxpayers money on? In this infographic by happier.co.uk - you can take a snapshot view of what the UK Economy earns, gives, spends and loses. It doesn't make for pretty viewing.

Water Bills To Rise By 3.5% 'Due To Inflation'

PA | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

Households in England and Wales are braced for an average 3.5% hike in their water bills, regulator Ofwat said on Tuesday. Households will pay an a...

The Meaning of Like

Django Wylie | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Tech
Django Wylie

A 'like' on Facebook or Instagram can make or break a witty status update or a particularly arty and well-angled shot of your quinoa entree. 'Liking' is now the dominant manifestation of social approval; that little heart or 'thumbs up' is now the arbiter of acceptance, of relevancy.

Mobile and Retail Predictions for 2013

Steve Rothwell | Posted 04.03.2013 | UK Tech
Steve Rothwell

Advances in mobile technology look set to help change the face of physical retail as we know it. From engaging shoppers in-store via Wi-Fi, implementing augmented reality and barcodes, to digitally processing offers distributed via mobile.