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‘Big Kids Aisle’ opens as an antidote to Blue Monday

11 Jan 2018 04:00

Barclaycard and Smyths Toys Superstores are opening the Big Kids Aisle to beat the January blues for ‘kidults’ who love to play. The aisle of classic and modern toys was created to turn Blue Monday into Blue Funday with over half of adults (51 per cent) saying that playing with children’s toys and games is stress-relieving.

Consumer spending grows 4 per cent in December as Brits embrace the Christmas spirit

08 Jan 2018 19:01

Consumer spending grew 4.0 per cent in December, above the Q4 average of 3.2 per cent and the prevailing rate of inflation, with a festive boost representing eight-month high. Read the full story...

Barclaycard’s 31 day challenge shows it’s easier than you think to try something new and ‘Start Today’

03 Jan 2018 04:00

Barclaycard is launching the ‘Barclaycard 31 day challenge’ with Giovanna Fletcher to prove that at a time of New Year’s resolutions, it is easier than you might think to try something new.

Inflationary pressures characterise a year of caution for consumer spending

02 Jan 2018 03:00

Consumer spending fluctuated in 2017 as rising prices forced Brits to spend more on essential items, with expenditure on ‘nice-to-haves’ shifting month-on-month as households made small, yet necessary, tweaks to balance their budgets.

Retailers set to win in Christmas sales period as more consumers plan to bag a bargain

27 Dec 2017 03:00

Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of Brits will be splashing out during this year’s festive sales period, with Boxing Day reigning supreme as the most popular day to spend.

Cash flow concerns keep six in ten SME leaders awake at night

19 Dec 2017 04:00

New research from Barclaycard shows 63 per cent of SME decision-makers worry about their cashflow – with a guaranteed payment date topping their working capital wish list. See how Barclaycard’s SME-friendly solutions could help your business gain greater control over its cash.

Younger generation of hosts set to spend £570 million on creating the perfect Christmas Day

07 Dec 2017 05:00

Millennials are expected to spend on average £268 to host Christmas, equating to £570* million across the UK – over 50 per cent more than what their parents might spend on entertaining this festive season. Read more.

Spending growth falls in real terms for second consecutive month as consumers remain cautious

04 Dec 2017 19:01

Consumer spending grew 2.8 per cent year-on-year in November – below the annual rate of inflation of 3 per cent and maintaining the muted levels seen throughout the second half of 2017

Spending growth slows to 2.4 per cent as consumers show continued restraint with household finances

06 Nov 2017 19:01

Consumer spending fell to 2.4 per cent in October after inflation hit a five-year high of 3 per cent.

Swap a third of your online time for a hobby and reap the benefits, research shows

04 Nov 2017 20:01

Trading just a third of the time you spend online for a hobby will leave you feeling less stressed and even make you new friends, research shows.