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School uniform: Can it be bought more cheaply?

It’s the time of year when many parents are buying their children’s school uniform, which some say can cost more than £200. What can they do to make it cheaper? The cost of school uniform Research by market analysts Mintel suggests British parents spend about £1.2bn on clothing and equipment for school. The Department for […]

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First-time buyers fell in June..

New figures from UK Finance show that the number of first-time house buyers fell in June by 1.5%, compared to the same month in 2018. In June, 32,760 first-time buyer mortgages were completed in June, and 31,000 home mover mortgages were handed out – a 3.6% decrease like-for-like. As for buy-to-let purchase mortgages, there were […]

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Metro top and RBS bottom in banks’ customer ratings..

Customers have provided a ray of sunshine for Metro Bank as the embattled business topped official satisfaction ratings. Metro was joint top with First Direct, with 82% of personal British customers saying they would recommend the banks to their family and friends. Metro has seen its share price nosedive in recent months and is looking […]

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High Streets hit as shop vacancy rate worst since 2015..

The number of empty shops in town centres is at its highest for four years, industry figures show. The vacancy rate was 10.3% in July, its highest level since January 2015, according to the British Retail Consortium and Springboard survey. Footfall also fell by 1.9% in July, the worst July performance for seven years. Diane […]

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Home buyers ‘move faster in Scotland but slower in London’..

Scotland has replaced London as the fastest place for a seller to find a buyer for their home, figures suggest. In 2014, it took 36 days in London on average to secure a buyer, but this rose to 60 days by last year, according to property portal Rightmove. In contrast, the average time to secure […]

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Older owners ‘stay put’ in family homes, says Nationwide..

Older property owners are staying put in the family home as the UK housing market continues to see low turnover. Uncertainty has led to relatively little buying and selling activity among existing homeowners, the Nationwide Building Society said. The lender said that owners aged 55 to 64 had typically been in their current property for […]