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Today's business and finance round up 13th April 2022

Pandemic darlings warn of consumer headwinds

13th April 2022

Bite-sized business news from the UK and beyond

Good morning In the run up to Good Friday, frozen supermarket chain Iceland is selling vegetables (both frozen and fresh) online for 1p to help with the cost-of-living crisis.But there is one catch, the grocer operates a £25 minimum spend online, meaning you'll have to buy other items to take advantage of the discount.

Today's stories

  • Pandemic darlings warn of consumer headwinds

  • Antsy Etsy sellers go on strike

CONSUMERPandemic darlings warn of consumer headwinds

What’s going on?

Why is this important?

Asos and Deliveroo were among the big winners from the pandemic benefitting from locked down consumers buying more online and ordering food at home.Since Covid restrictions have eased, there have been questions over how both companies would deal with renewed competition from high street retail and restaurants. Investors so far have been unconvinced, Asos shares have fallen 70% in the past year and Deliveroo shares are down 60% in its first year as a publicly listed company. In the six months to February Asos swung into a £16m loss, compared with a £106m profit a year earlier with a 4% increase in revenue to £2bn. The company said performance was hampered by global supply chain issues and a slowdown in demand as consumers headed back to in person shopping.Deliveroo reported a 11% increase in total order values to £1.8bn in the three months to March compared to a year ago when restaurants were shut due to Covid restrictions. But it said that that average order values fell by 7% to £21.70 which isn’t good for business as fewer, larger orders are more profitable because its largest cost are its gig-economy riders.Both businesses expect a rough year ahead. They predict that consumer spending habits could change amid a backdrop of persistently high inflation, leaving households with less disposable income to spend on clothes and takeaways.

Zooming out

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ONLINEAntsy Etsy sellers go on strike

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The average workday has expanded by 46 minutes, or 13%, since the pandemic began

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