Today's business and finance round up 30th March 2022
Consumer borrowing jumps amid cost-of-living squeeze
30th March 2022
Bite-sized business news from the UK and beyond
Good morning We’ve had M&S vs Aldi and now there’s a new supermarket war. Waitrose has sent a legal letter to Asda after its rival unveiled a similarly-named discount product range. On Monday Asda announced its ‘Just Essentials’ range of low-cost products to help shoppers with the cost of living but Waitrose said the branding is too like its own ‘Essential Waitrose’ range launched in 2009.
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ECONOMYConsumer borrowing jumps amid cost-of-living squeeze
What’s going on?
Why is this important?
During the pandemic UK households collectively saved over £100bn as lockdown curbed discretionary spending. As Covid restrictions have eased consumers pandemic savings have dwindled, and spending on credit has rebounded.UK households borrowed £1.9bn more than they saved in February, up from £0.6bn a month earlier – the biggest jump for almost five years.The increase was driven by credit card borrowing which rose by £1.5bn to £59.5bn – the highest since records began in 1993. The rest of the rise came from increased spend on personal loans and store cards.Economists believe the trend is a sign of the growing strain on household budgets. Inflation hit a 30-year high of 6.2% in February and is expected to reach almost 9% before the end of the year. Last week the government’s spending watchdog warned that UK households are facing the biggest fall in living standards since at least the 1950s.
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