It seems consumers tightened their purse strings at the start of this year. According to the latest figures, January sales failed to stop spending on clothing falling at the fastest pace in nearly five years. Visa's UK Consumer Index says face-to-face spending on the high street recorded an annual fall of 3.1 per cent last month. Nigel Cassidy was joined by Diane Wehrle, Marketing and Insights Director at Springboard to discuss further.
UK plc has posted positive results in turbulent times, as revenues climb to new records and profitability improves. That's according to new research from the Share Centre. Revenues climbed by 5.5% to £116bn, a fourth quarter record for companies, helped by the weak pound. Gavin Oldham, founder of the Share Centre sat down with Share Radio's Ed Bowsher to discuss more.
Supermarkets, everyone has their favourite. However some new players in the market have definitely shaken things up. We've seen the rise of 'budget' supermarkets such as Aldi and Lidl becoming the new popular way to shop, Aldi recently overtook Co-op to become the UK's fifth largest grocer. So where does this leave the more 'high-end' supermarkets such as Waitrose? It was reported yesterday that Waitrose is planning to close some of it's stores, so could this mean the beginning of the end of the 'middle-class' supermarket? Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel gave Share Radio his analysis.
Despite innovations in finance, banks are still the primary source of funds for business. But for the crucial high-growth sector, equity finance can be a better choice - the question is, how do you get your hands on it if you're in the regions? A report from the Institute for Public Policy Research has looked at how to make equity more equitable. Share Radio's Peta Fuller reports.
A survey by the British Chambers of Commerce of 1500 business people has highlighted an interesting reaction to the collapse in the value of the pound since last June's referendum. Over a third of UK firms are planning to invest more in selling abroad over the next five years, despite uncertainties over Brexit. To discuss this further, Anastassia Beliakova, International Affairs Officer at the BCC, joined Share Radio Breakfast.
Rachel Winter, Senior Investment Manager at stockbroker Killik & Co, joined Share Radio Breakfast before and after the market open at 8am, to look at who’s been reporting, how those companies are faring, and how the FTSE has opened.
Analysis has looked into the state of the UK economy, six months after the Brexit referendum. Financial research centre, Capital Economics, has released new data. Gavin Oldham, the founder of Share Radio and the Share Centre, sat down with Ed Bowsher to run through the highlights.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is releasing its Commercial Market Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016. It shows investment demand continues to rebound post EU vote. The industrial sector also continues to outperform office and retail, and inducements are on the rise again. To discuss this further, Simon Rubinsohn, Chief Economist at RICS, joined Nigel Cassidy to discuss.
Share Radio's Steve Clarke brings us the latest live from Davos ahead of the last day of the World Economic Forum. What was the reaction to Theresa May's speech from Thursday and how did Chancellor Philip Hammond follow up on the Prime Minister’s talk?
Just about everyone in the financial and investment world is taking stock. What worked and made money in 2016? And how different will the business world look in 2017? One seasoned City figure who has been thinking about all this is David Miller. He's an award-winning money manager, who is Investment Director at Quilter Cheviot, who invest on behalf of nearly 40,000 clients, with over £20 billion in assets. David told Share Radio’s Nigel Cassidy that three particular themes had emerged already for the New Year.