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British households doing less cleaning, DIY and gardening, says ONS
[80% of 2015 GDP growth was consumer related][home improvement is bell weather signal] [...] Over the past decade British waistlines have expanded with obesity reaching crisis levels. Yet the ONS estimates that, in the home at least, the number of calories consumed has been falling. [...] Another significant change is the value put on “transport services” provided by households. This week record car sales were reported, jumping to more than 500,000 in March alone, yet the number of miles driven by households – to go to work or the shops, collecting children from school, etc – remains significantly below the levels recorded a decade ago. [...] It attributed the fall to petrol costs and pressure on household budgets after the financial crash. [...] . Time spent on DIY is down the most – by 20% since 2005. ...
recovery  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  DIY  homeownership  UK  property  bubble  Housing  Crisis  Generation  Rent  squeezed  middle  class  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  debt  car  loan  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  mortgage  market  distortion  credit  payment  working  poor  low  pay  low  income  job  insecurity  private  debt  consumer  spending 
april 2016 by asterisk2a

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