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The £865 million UK price tag of 'sale shopping fails'

Brits hell bent on bagging a sale bargain ended up wasting a huge £865 million over the last year on botched sales purchases they later regretted, finds MoneySuperMarket.

A quarter of UK adults plan to reduce spending in 2015

A quarter (25%) of UK adults plan to reduce their spending in 2015 as they expect next year to be harder on their personal finances, according to research released by the Money Advice Service.

Energy firms urged to offer prepay customers a ‘debt holiday’

Citizens Advice is calling on all energy companies to give prepayment customers a ‘debt holiday’ this winter.

Over 23 million people will finish their shopping on Christmas Eve

Around 23.6 million people (49.9%) have left some of their festive shopping until the last minute and will be hitting the shops on Christmas Eve, according to research from Sainsbury’s Bank Credit Cards.

Many happy returns - £223m worth of Christmas gifts will be returned this year

£223m worth of unwanted Christmas gifts are set to be returned this year and Gocompare.com is urging people to check retailer’s returns policies before heading to the shops, as 45% of Brits who have tried to return gifts in the past said they had been unsuccessful.

Consumer confidence records new survey highs in 2014

In the lead up to the festive season, consumer confidence has increased to reach its highest score since the start of the index, climbing three points to 154, according to Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report.

Vodafone UK customers able to use 4G in 40 destinations worldwide in time for the festive period

Vodafone UK customers will be able to take advantage of ultrafast 4G roaming in 40 countries with the addition of 17 destinations in time for Christmas and the New Year.

Generous pensioners plan to spend £4.2 billion entertaining this Christmas

Many people will be rockin’ around the Christmas tree with the 5.8 million pensioners (53 per cent) who will host friends and families at home on Christmas Day this year, according to new research from Prudential.

Government secures landmark deal for UK mobile phone users

Consumers and businesses set to benefit from guaranteed £5bn investment into UK’s mobile infrastructure.

Christmas comes early for energy switchers

For the first time ever, fixed rate energy tariffs dominate the top 10 cheapest deals on the market, all offering average bills below £1,000, according to analysis from MoneySuperMarket.

A million ways our homes are warmer this winter

A million home improvement measures will keep Britain’s homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to the Government’s energy efficiency schemes.

Unhappy New Year as energy tariffs ending this month could see bills increase by as much as £145

Many householders could be starting the new year with a bigger energy bill as 13 fixed-term energy tariffs – including 10 from four of the UK’s ‘big six’ suppliers – will expire on New Year’s Eve, resulting in average bill hikes of almost 8% for those who haven’t yet switched to a better deal.

Three quarters of consumers want a smart energy meter

Almost three quarters (72%) of UK energy consumers with traditional energy meters said they would be happy to have a smart meter installed, according to a survey by uSwitch.com.

Just a quarter of Brits have changed their gas and electricity supplier over the past year

As temperatures start to fall and many Brits struggle to cope with the pressure of paying energy bills, new research from Mintel highlights the widespread consumer inertia which exists in the energy industry, and finds just a quarter (25%) of consumers have changed their energy supplier in the last 12 months.

1 in 5 Brits plan to book a holiday in January

One in five Brits say that they plan to banish the post-Christmas and January blues by booking a holiday in January.