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Sales of inefficient vacuum cleaners banned

Sales of vacuum cleaners producing more noise and heat than suction are restricted under EU rules from today. Vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels will be banned when stocks run out. Some anti-EU campaigners say homes won’t be properly cleaned if people have to buy lower wattage machines. […]

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Personal borrowing slowed down in July, says Bank

The growth of borrowing on credit cards, bank loans and car purchase deals has eased off, according to figures from the Bank of England. The Bank has said several times this year that it is worried about the rapid growth of so-called consumer credit. Its latest figures show that this sort of borrowing rose in […]

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Don’t carp! Car mechanics overtake estate agents as least trusted trade

Here is the news that you have been waiting for. Car mechanics have overtaken estate agents as the least trusted trade in the country. Apparently mechanics baffle customers with language they don’t understand. The image problem is apparently worst for franchised main dealers, with 96% of customers saying they thought they would have to pay […]

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Sector comments on HMRC UK Property Transaction Statistics

HMRC has released their latest property transaction statistics and the property sector has responded. The number of residential transactions climbed by 1.3 per cent in July, 8.3 per cent higher than the corresponding month last year, according to new statistics released by HMRC. Figures for the month show seasonally adjusted transactions rose for the second month […]

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That’s a wrap!

Get your popcorn at the ready, as the first advertising campaign to highlight the importance of using a Propertymark Protected agent, moves into post-production! Members from across the organisation joined us to take part in the filming for our new television advert, which will be at the centre of a multi-platform campaign to be launched in […]

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Government rakes in an extra £2bn a year thanks to Stamp Duty surcharge

The Government looks increasingly unlikely to heed calls to ditch the 3% Stamp Duty surcharge on additional home purchases after seeing the Treasury coffers swell by 20% extra receipts. For the same number of property transactions as two years ago, the Government has pulled in an extra £2bn in Stamp Duty Land Tax thanks to the […]

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How bad is the household bill squeeze?

Household bills are rising more slowly than the rate of inflation, new research has found. The figures suggested that key elements of the “cost of living squeeze” may be less severe than previously thought. Research by MoneySavingExpert, based on official data, revealed the rise in the total cost of household bills was less than the inflation […]

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Debit and credit card use accelerates

UK consumers increasingly turned to plastic in the spring and early summer, with figures showing a rise in the use of credit, debit and charge cards. The number of transactions grew by 12% in the year to the end of June, the highest annual rate since 2008, according to UK Finance. The value of spending […]

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Property sales confirm static market, HMRC data shows

UK property sales topped 100,000 for the third month this year in July – but were almost identical to a year ago. A total of 107,500 homes were sold during the month, data from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) shows. This follows 100,000-plus sales in March and June but, in general, activity in the UK […]