Blog: Here comes the axe
Chris Mercer | 20 October 2010
The UK Government has unveiled what are rapidly becoming known as the biggest spending cuts since the Second World War.
In a nutshell, consumers are going to have less money in their pockets and the private sector may need to pick up the slack of up to 500,000 public sector jobs over the next four years.
There has been much talk of the age of austerity, but, finally, the time is upon us.
For drinks companies, as for many consumer products firms and retailers, the next 12 months will be a nervous time in the UK. There is a notion that employment held up better-than-expected during the official recession, but greater job losses look likely to be an early by-product of the Government's drive to reduce the country's deficit.
Official data suggests that consumers are, if not already feeling the pinch, braced for the worst.
The latest data from the country's second largest supermarket chain, Asda-WalMart, indicates that household spending power has fallen in every month this year. The September edition of the firm's Income Tracker, released today (20 October), shows that the average UK family had GBP4 less to spend per week than in September 2009.
"The rise in VAT to 20% in January 2011 will further squeeze household spending power over the next few months,” said Charles Davis, the economist at Cebr who compiles the monthly income report for Asda.
Then, of course, we have the looming spectre of a second recession - the fabled double-dip. That's not a scenario anyone over here wants to contemplate.
Spotted in Havana this week – a healthy stock of Pernod Ricard's Havanista rum. ...
Alcohol always has a big presence at the Oscars, albeit mostly in a supporting role....
Business is booming at copper pot still makers Chalvignac - you can tell from the loud noise coming from its factory floor in the French town of Jarnac-Champagne. ...
Heineken is betting big on the long-term opportunity around soccer in the US. ...
- Interview - Beam Suntory's EMEA president
- Beckham, Diageo and the Allure of the VIP Pop-Up
- Interview - William Grant & Sons
- What do A-B InBev results mean for SABMiller deal?
- Interview - Beam Suntory's EMEA head - part II
- Diageo, Beckham launch VIP pop-up for Haig Club
- Diageo reveals US$400m Tequila investment
- Pinnacle Vodka, Skinnygirl roll out on ice
- Diageo completes Don Julio, Bushmills swap deal
- Beam Suntory strikes new Baltics tie-up
- Global non-Scotch whiskies insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Wine, 2014 and the future
- Beam Suntory Inc. - Strategy and SWOT Report
- Global RTD/RTS insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends research
- Spirits and RTDs, 2014 and the future