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Half Of UK Shoppers To Spend Less This Christmas: Kantar

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Half of UK shoppers plan to spend less on Christmas this year as a cost-of-living crisis, amid surging food and energy costs, curtails their purchasing power, market researcher Kantar has said.

It said one in three shoppers who expects to spend less plans to cut gift budgets for close friends and family by over £25 (€28.85) per person.

UK consumers have been reining in their spending with inflation hitting 10% and they also face the prospect of a tighter squeeze in 2023 after finance minister Jeremy Hunt said he would scrap tax cuts previously planned by outgoing Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Consumer Confidence

A survey published last week showed consumer confidence remained close to a record low as households responded to the combination of high inflation and Britain's chaotic politics.

Kantar said 37% of UK consumers are struggling with their financial situation, while 47% are worried about Christmas.

'With the inflationary backdrop, brands will need to ensure their Christmas advertising campaigns strike the appropriate note with the public,' it said, noting that only 18% of consumers strongly agree that they are looking forward to festive ads this year.

Several retailers, including Britain's biggest supermarket group Tesco and online fashion seller ASOS, have warned about their profit outlook this month as they face higher energy and staff costs, and a weak pound.

Last week, Tesco hiked the price of its popular lunchtime 'meal deal' for the first time in over ten years in response to rampant cost inflation.

News by Reuters, edited by ESM. For more retail news, click here. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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