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Consumer confidence falls to fourth record low in five months

GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index fell five points in September to minus 49, the worst score since records began in 1974.
Sep 23, 2022
Business News

Sunday roast in decline as soaring cost of living bites

Almost a fifth of cooks claim they no longer switch the oven on at all, according to a poll by BBC Good Food.
Sep 23, 2022
Tech

Millions of mobile and broadband users facing mid-contract price hikes

Citizens Advice found nine out of 10 broadband customers and seven out of 10 mobile customers are with providers who can hike prices mid-contract.
Sep 22, 2022
Business News

Ofgem warns Utilita and Scottish Power over failure to protect customers fully

The regulator’s action follows Utilita’s lack of support for vulnerable customers and Scottish Power’s debt repayment plans.
Sep 22, 2022
Money

Homes with water butts and permeable driveways could see lower bills – Ofwat

The regulator has called on water firms to trial ‘creative and targeted ways’ to charge customers for their usage.
Sep 22, 2022
Environment

Households get notice of vastly increased energy bills days before payment due

Customers have little time to prepare, with the higher payments taking effect from as early as the beginning of October.
Sep 22, 2022
World

‘Hundreds’ of ivory items remain on sale in UK despite near total ban

The import, export and dealing of elephant ivory items of all ages – not only those produced after a certain date – became illegal in June.
Sep 22, 2022
Health

70 health organisations urge PM not to abandon anti-obesity measures

The open letter to Liz Truss expresses ‘profound concern’ about rumoured reversals to anti-obesity policies.
Sep 22, 2022
UK

Fears of harmful gambling among women as cost of living bites

GambleAware said a quarter of women who already gamble expect to gamble more in the coming months due to the cost of living crisis.
Sep 22, 2022
Business News

Draughty homes see ‘a third of energy bills go straight out the window’

People living in Wales, the West Midlands, and Yorkshire and the Humber face the highest costs, Citizens Advice said.
Sep 21, 2022
Business News

Consumer confidence sees steepest decline since early stages of pandemic

The index from YouGov and the Centre for Economics and Business Research has fallen into negative territory for the first time since June 2020.
Sep 15, 2022
Business News

Firms will have to re-apply for Royal Warrants after Queen’s death

According to the Royal Warrant Holders Association, warrants became void when the Queen died.
Sep 13, 2022
UK

Florists assure mourners they will ‘absolutely cope’ with demand

The British Florist Association said ‘the general feeling’ was that demand would be even higher than for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Sep 13, 2022
UK

Grocery price inflation hits new record to add £571 to average annual bill

Aldi’s market share rose by 1.2 percentage points, making it Britain’s fourth largest supermarket for the first time.
Sep 13, 2022
Money

Consumer groups welcome energy price freeze but warn bills ‘still sky high’

Citizens Advice said the Government needed to ‘stand ready to provide more support for people on the very sharp end of this crisis’.
Sep 8, 2022
Money

What does the Energy Price Guarantee mean for me?

A typical UK household will now pay ‘no more than’ £2,500 a year for their energy for the next two years from October 1.
Sep 8, 2022
Business News

Energy firm visits customers’ homes to advise on cutting bills

Octopus Energy said it hoped to visit at least 500,000 homes this winter to give customers ‘actionable, bespoke advice’ on how to reduce bills.
Sep 7, 2022
UK

EuroMillions: £110m jackpot is claimed in second biggest win of year

One lucky UK ticketholder scooped the £110,978,200 prize on September 2

Sep 7, 2022
Business News

Ads for pubs and nightclubs banned for encouraging excessive drinking

Adverts for The Hive and Lulu in Edinburgh, The Spiritualist and the Slug and Lettuce in Glasgow and Popworld in Leeds have all been banned.
Sep 7, 2022
Tech

Apple set to unveil latest iPhone

The handsets are rumoured to include an ‘always-on’ display to allow for the time and other basic notifications to be seen while the screen is locked.
Sep 6, 2022
Business News

Velour tracksuits and non-wired bras out as shoppers put lockdown behind them

John Lewis’s annual How We Shop, Live And Look report suggests customers are ‘casting off the trappings of a life in lockdown’.
Sep 5, 2022