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Consumer health check

Consumer health check

It’s not always easy to know when things are getting more expensive. But this is an inevitable reality for British consumers in the near-term as the continued sterling rout plays havoc with retailers’ costs and margins. But is price inflation the only deterrent for the nation’s shoppers this year? What about stagnant wage growth, the availability of credit or political uncertainty? As Britain continues to muddle its way through the Brexit negotiations, and the pound remains weak against other global currencies, it’s hardly surprising that shoppers are tightening the purse strings and curbing frivolous spending.

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