Help to Buy scheme helped lift sales at Barratt

The boost caused Barratt's sales to rise to £1.26 billion last year.

Barratt Developments has announced an enormous 71 per cent rise in sales reservations – an increase partly attributed to the government’s Help to Buy scheme. Regulation 261 Update

The bank predicts that global GDP will grow by 3.2 per cent in 2014 because of a boost from developed economies.

Regulation 261 set in stone the compensation and assistance air passengers can expect from their airline in the event of their flight being delayed or being denied boarding due to overbooking.

Online shopping ‘affected high street footfall’

Emphasis on online shopping and early discounts meant shoppers waited until as late as possible to complete their festive spending.

A new report from the British Retail Consortium reveals a rise in online shopping is partly responsible for a reduction in the number of shoppers visiting the UK’s high streets and out of town retail centres.

Inflation falls to Bank target for first time in 4 years

Inflation fell to a four-year low in December 2013

The consumer prices index fell to 2.0 per cent in December, the first time it has reached the Bank of England target since November 2009.

Woman warns of scam mail letters after losing £200k in 56 years

Scam letter warning

A woman from Surrey has appeared on a Surrey Council website to warn other residents over sending money to scam firms after spending over £200,000 in 56 years.

Weak industrial data hits sterling and could delay rate rise

UK industrial production was flat in November

Disappointing figures from the UK’s industrial and manufacturing sector for November have weakened sterling and prompted economists to warn that interest rates need to stay low.

BRC report record online sales over Christmas

The BRC attributes the increase in online shopping, in part, to better websites and better delivery times.

A record amount of online shopping was done in the last month of 2013, says the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Last of the Big Six announce price cuts

Customers will save around £40 this year.

Npower are the last of the big six energy suppliers to announce what action it intends to take in order to cut prices, following the government’s review of levies on energy bills.

Insurers provide storm advice for customers

Call your insurance provider as soon as possible so they can make the necessary arrangements for temporary accommodation.

For many 2014 hasn’t got off to a great start, as extreme floods and storms batter the country. Insurance companies are offering advice to customers to prepare them for any more periods of extreme weather.

Bank lending to business shows “significant” improvement

The Bank of England reports a rise in both business and household lending

The lates quarterly Bank of England credit conditions report shows an increase in lending to households for mortgages and importantly for the rebalancing of the economy a rise in small business lending.

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