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May 9, 2017

united kingdom retail sales highest since 2006

"UK retail sales enjoy biggest jump since 2006"

British retail sales bounces back since 11 years

According to financial times ,The British Retail Consortium-KPMG retail sales monitor rose 5.6 per cent in April from a year earlier, up from a 1 per cent decline in March and well ahead of expectations for a 0.5 per cent gain.Barclaycard’s data also matched this picture, with spending up 5.5pc in April on the year. This was the strongest result since April 2006 led by late easter sales 

 Over the three months to April 2017, food sales were up by 2.4 per cent from a year earlier, while non-food retail rose by 0.3 per cent. Online sales of non-food products were up by 8.2 per cent over the same period, while in-store sales fell 1.3 per cent.The late Easter did not help the numbers - shoppers spend more over the long weekend, so its move from March and into April made the earlier month’s figures look worse, while flattering April’s data.But even stripping out the effect of a late Easter, spending was still up year-on-year. The three-month average for annual sales growth now stands at 2%.Consumer Spending rose on almost all types of goods, according to data from BRC led by jewelry and watches, toys and baby equipment, food, furniture, clothing and home accessories.

December 23, 2016

London's costliest and the most elitist neighborhood compared

Here are the list of London's most costliest and elitist neighborhood streets compared by their net worth in terms of prices of property.If you ever wanted to live in these london neighborhood, you have to shell out in excess of more than 5 million pounds a year. From Highest to lowest here are what the most expensive streets across London neighborhood  they are worth.Meanwhile asking prices for properties in the UK will rise by 2% in 2017, although sellers in inner London will be asking less as the bubble “continues to deflate”, according property website Rightmove.
Sellers entering the market over the past month have priced properties 2.1% lower than those putting homes up for sale the previous month, at an average of £299,159, but Rightmove said it expected next year to be a seventh consecutive year of rising prices.

Separate figures from estate agency Countrywide show that rents in London fell by 0.7% in the 12 months to November, the biggest annual fall since October 2010. Although rents in Greater London are still much higher than in the rest of Britain, averaging £1,298 a month against £809, Countrywide said the gap had reduced since 2015, from 62% to 60%. 

Top 20 most expensive neighborhood  streets across London 

  1. Eaton Square, Westminster, London - £16.94m 
  2. Grosvenor Crescent, Westminster, London - £16,91m
  3.  Ilchester Place, Kensington, London - £16.02m 
  4. Lansdowne Road, Kensington - £12.8m 
  5. Chester Square, Westminster, London - £12.5m 
  6. Lansdowne Crescent, Kensington, London - £10.8m 
  7. Kensington Road, Kensington, London - £10.1m
  8.  Camp End Road, Weybridge, South East - £5.1m 
  9. Cavendish Road, Weybridge, South East - £4.7m 
  10. Panorama Road, Poole, South West - £4.6m 
  11. East Road, Weybridge, South East - £4.5m 
  12. Queens Drive, Leatherhead, South East - £4.4m 
  13. Coombe Park, Kingston Upon Thames, London - £4.39m 
  14. West Road, Weybridge, South East - £4.37m 
  15. Crick Road, Oxford, South East - £4m
  16.  Leys Road, Oxshott, South East - £3.68m 
  17. The Green, Richmond upon Thames, London - £3.65m 
  18. Ham Common, Richmond upon Thames, London - £3.60m 
  19. Spicers Field, Oxshott, South East - £3.52m 
  20. Princes Drive, Oxshott, South East - £3.5m 

10 cities in britain with the highest rental property prices

"rental real estate prices in britain"
List of Cities in Britain that are most expensive when it comes to rental properties

Britain's most expensive address with highest rental prices
  • London: Eaton Square, Westminster - £16,944,000 
  • South East: Camp End Road, Weybridge - £5,164,000 
  • South West: Panorama Road, Poole - £4,618,000 
  • North West: Park Lane, Altrincham - £2,059,000 
  • East: Storeys Way, Cambridge - £1,914,000 
  • West Midlands: Farquhar Road, Birmingham - £1,434,000 
  • Yorkshire and the Humber: Ling Lane, Leeds - £1,319,000 
  • East Midlands: Warren Hill, Leicester - £1,288,000 
  • North East: Runnymede Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne - £1,103,000 
  • Scotland: The Scores, St Andrews - £2,179,000 
  • Wales: Llys Helyg Drive, Llandudno - £1,064,000.
    Forecasters at the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors are predicting a 3% typical price rise for houses next year, in spite of Brexit uncertainties. The Nationwide Building Society is more cautious, estimating prices will grow at 2%, fuelled by continuing low interest rates.

britain's most expensive streets with highest real estate prices

"britain's most expensive  streets with highest real estate prices "

London's Eaton Square has been named the most expensive place to buy property in Britain, with a average real estate price of a home costing an average of nearly £17m. The Belgravia address tops a list that shows every English region now contains "million pound" streets.Eaton Square,in London's  is the most expensive street in England and Wales, with the highest real estate price, with average price of £16,944,000, according to the annual survey by Lloyds Bank.Eaton Square made it to the top of the property stack based on recorded land registry prices. Built in the 19th Century around a private garden, it features stucco white facades and is handy for Knightsbridge and Chelsea. 

The Eaton square has been home to famous faces such as prime minister Margaret Thatcher,, and James Bond actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore lending a touch of 007 glamour.Built by the Grosvenor family in the 19th century, Eaton Square features grand homes and apartments featuring Grade II-listed white stucco facades.A £55m seven bedroom terrace, complete with a winter garden and retractable glass ceiling, on Eaton Square was the most-viewed home for online property website Rightmove in 2016.It overlooks 2.5 hectares of private garden square - with many properties selling for far more than the £16,944,000 average. 

Outside of London, the most expensive streets include Panorama Road, in the Sandbanks area of Poole, with an average price of £4,618,000 and Crick Road, in Central North Oxford, at £4,049,000. Research by Lloyds Bank also shows the most expensive street in Wales is Llandudno's Llys Helyg Drive, with an average property price of £1.064m. The Scores, St Andrews, tops Scotland's list with an average of almost £2.2m.

December 8, 2016

27% users who are 55 year old and above in the united kingdom now own a smartphone

"the aging of UK smartphone population, and how older adults are leading the smartphone revolution in the UK"

United Kingdom is now seeing increasing numbers of population who are aged 55 and above who are becoming more and more tech, device and  gadget savvy.Research from UK Kantar Media TGI shows that consumers in  United Kingdom who are 55 year old and above in  in Britain are becoming increasingly started using the web more,has seen a increasing participation in the buying of smartphones and connected devices with with a 10% point increase in the number who have a smartphone and a 9% point increase in the number who have a tablet, compared to last year. 

 27% of the population in the UK, who are now 55 years and older own a smartphone and 15% now own a tablet. Unsurprisingly, these figures are significantly smaller than those for people aged 15-34 years old, with 82% of people in that age bracket owning a smartphone and 29% a tablet in the united kingdom.

As the infographic above show,When asked about internet usage, the Kantar Media TGI data shows a high number of older people are now using the internet for things like: emails, paying bills and comparing prices.

 Related :iPhone 7 off to a rocking start in UK,inspite of dire warnings

December 7, 2016

great britain and united states sees iPhone 7 as the fastest selling smartphone device,

Despite predictions to the contrary, Apple's iPhone 7 emerges as the top smartphone selling brand spot in Great Britain

Data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that Apple's iPhone 7 has become the fastest selling and the highest selling smartphone device in Great Britain, and the US. Apple's iPhone 7 was the top selling device, pushing the previous top device (iPhone SE) to third, while iPhone 6s remained the second best-selling device for the 3 months ending October 2016

In the same period Japan stands at the top in the list of regions where iOS holds the greatest share, with 51.7% of smartphone sales,followed by 44% in Great Britain and 40.5% in the US. Meanwhile Android market share saw similar growth across a number of regions, declining only in the US (by 5.6 percentage points), and in Japan by less than a percent 

Europe's big five markets for android include Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain. However with iPhone 7 launch, Apple's iOS achieved year-on-year growth across most regions in EU5 except Germany, where it fell 2.7% points to 16.5% of smartphone sales. iPhone 7 cracked the top 10 smartphones sold in all regions but Spain, which remains dominated by the Android ecosystem at 91.7% of all sales

This comes in-spite of projection by some reports that iPhone 7 might not be able to replicate its iPhone 6 success in United Kingdom as it did in 2015.The company reportedly sold 25% fewer iPhones during the weekend after its launch than it did during the same period in 2015, following the launch of the iPhone 6s .

Meanwhile, DigiTimes recently carried a report that chip orders for Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are likely to be 20% lower in the first quarter of 2017 than in the same period of 2016. The report further said that Apple reportedly asked manufacturing partners to carry chips for 50 million units of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in the third quarter of 2016, but only 45 million units in the fourth quarter.The unverified reports contrast with initial indications from mobile operators in the US, which said that first-day sales of the new iPhone 7 were better than expected.


December 1, 2016

brexit blues fail to stop uk digital media double digit growth rate of 12%

"post brexit digital media growth rate"

"brexit blues fail to stop uk digital media double digit  growth rate of 12%"
United Kingdom Digital Media Ad revenues by Companies


It seems Brexit will be unable to stop the rapid growth of digital media in the United Kingdom.Strong demand for digital advertising in UK’s advertising market is  a reminder to the fact that for the moment at least—the industry is shrugging off concerns about the impact of a potential Brexit.This year, 2016 digital ad spending in the UK is expected to grow by 12.0%. That compares to 31.1% growth in net digital ad revenues at Facebook, 13.9% growth at Google and 13.2% growth at Twitter.UK  total digital adspend grew 16.4% in 2015 to over £8.6bn with the average home now owning 8.3 internet devices.All 3 biggest internet giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are set to outpace digital advertising growth in the UK in 2016, according to research from eMarketer. 

Reports indicate Google will net £3.80 billion ($5.81 billion) in ad revenues—accounting for almost 40% of all digital ad spending in the UK). With Facebook a clear leader in digital advertising, it remains to be seen whether there will be a knock on effect after it was found to be overstating the average view times on its video content from between 60 to 80 per cent for the last two years. Nonetheless, it is predicted that it will net digital ad revenues of £1.19 billion due to alterations made to its mobile video formats, new ads in mobile newsfeeds and a new suite of Instagram ad formats. 

Twitter on the other hand received a significant downgrade, set to grow by about 14 per cent generating around £153.5bn, down from previously predicted growth of 31 per cent although rumours of a new buyer can breathe new life into the network.The amount of time UK adults spend consuming digital content continues to rise with consumers spending an extra 25 minutes a day on digital devices in 2016 compared to last year, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. This means that in 2016, UK adults are expected to spend 9 hours and 47 minutes consuming media compared with 9 hours and 26 minutes last year—a 3.7% rise.In 2016, digital media consumption will pass a milestone, accounting for just over half (50.07%) of total media consumption in the UK for the first time.

When it comes to eCommerce UK, US and German consumers spend the highest amount per person online worldwide, according to research compiled by Internet World Germany.British shoppers spend the most - an average of £1,050 each year, followed closely by the US with £1,001. German consumers take the third spot, with online shoppers spending £915 on average per year.

Mobile use, particularly smartphone use, is behind much of this growth. Almost two-thirds (62.3%) of UK consumers will use smartphones in 2016, and this is reflected in eMarketer’s mobile time spent estimates. Overall mobile media consumption will reach 2 hours and 40 minutes this year, up from 2 hours and 18 minutes in 2015

November 29, 2016

cocaine most abused illlicit drug in europe,united kingdom leads with 4.2% consumption

"cocaine most abused illlicit drug in europe,united kingdom leads with 4.2% consumption"

UK is The Capital Of Cocaine and Gonorrhea in the world 

Which is the most used illicit stimulant in Europe ?According to a Health at a Glance report prepared by Europe OECD "Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant in Europe," the authors wrote. Across Europe, 1.9 per cent of young adults aged 15 to 34 report using cocaine in the last year with usage rising in the Czech Republic, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway and Poland. In the UK this young adult figure stands at 4.2 per cent, far outweighing other European countries.And Britain also lays claim to the unique distinction of having the highest rates of the sexually transmitted disease, gonorrhea. Out of every 100,000 people in the British population, 60 were found to have the sexually transmitted infection.The "Health at a Glance" study finds that the premature deaths of 550,000 working-age people each year results in the potential economic loss of around 115 billion euros - or about 0.8 percent of the EU's annual gross domestic product (GDP) 

In terms of Alcohol among adults, Lithuanian consumption in 2014 was measured to be higher than any other European country, registering more than 14 liters per adult per year. The alcohol "capital of the world in Europe " is Turkey with adults on average downing less than 2 liters per yeaThis compares to a European average of 20 per 100,000 people.For obesity, Malta was the worst offender with 26 percent of the adult population in 2014 considered at an unhealthy weight.

Meanwhile a recent study carried out by the EU's drug monitoring agency found London to have the highest cocaine usage, at 909mg per 1,000 last year - up from 737mg in 2016.When weekend samples only are taken into account, the concentration for London rises to 1044.Amsterdam came second for highest cocaine usage, where the level recorded was 642mg per 1,000.Meanwhile Ecstacy was making a comeback in UK. Figures published last year for England and Wales showed a "statistically significant" rise in the proportion of 16- to 24-year-olds reporting ecstasy use in the last year, up from 3.9% in 2013-14 to 5.4% in 2014-15.

November 3, 2016

16% US consumers own a smartwatch followed by western europe with 8%

With  the increasing  brands of smartwatches being launched, it would be interesting to see how much smartwatches the world has been buying. Post Apple and Samsung launched their own range of Smartwatches,North American and Europe has seen the highest number of smartwatches  being gobbled up.Significantly  one theory that many of us had predicted is coming true, traditional watched have been loosing out in this battle . Atleast recent data  from kantar media shows that for the three months ending July 2016, 20% of recent smartwatch buyers in the US made a purchase to replace a classic timepiece, rising to 30% in European Union

According to Kanta Media  data for q2,2016  shows that 15.2% of US consumers own either a smartwatch or fitness band, with the EU following behind at 8.1% penetration.
Within the smartwatch category only, excluding fitness bands, adoption remains low with 4.7% ownership in the US and 3.2% in EU.Apple dominated this segment with a 33.5% share, although that lead shrank slightly in the last three months as the market awaited the Apple Watch Series 
The EU4 countries show a similar trend to that of the US, with 38.6% of all sales coming in the smartwatch category, with Apple leading at 31.8%. Europe's big four markets include Great Britain, Germany, France, and Italy.

However shipments of smartwatches are likely to soar to double digits. Also coupled with the fact is that wearble's are sitting on a huge cash pile.  ready to witness a massive adoption. Recent Businessinsider estimates smartwatch shipments will rise by a compound annual rate of 41% over the next five years. Smartwatches will account for 59% of total wearable device shipments this year, and that share will expand to just over 70% of  the $126million shipments by 2019.

February 22, 2016

google's most expensive acquisition in united kingdom

"list of acquisition of UK start Uk start ups by google ventures"


 Out of 8 start ups acquired by Google, the biggest  acquisition in UK or for that matter in Europe was  of  DEEP MIND technologies.
DeepMind technologies, a London-based artificial intelligence firm which specialises in machine learning, advanced algorithms and systems neuroscience was aquired by Google Ventures, the VC group of Google..  Google paid  a hefty amount of  £400m ($650m) for  acquisition of DeepMind

Deep minds  has created a neural network that  might be able  to access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine, resulting in a computer that appears to possibly mimic the short-term memory of the human brain.Deep Mind Technologies plans to develops technologies for e-commerce and games, and plans to  develop computers that think like humans.

Deepmind recent made headlines when it announced  that its alphaGo program had successfully beaten  a human professional 

The two-year-old artificial intelligence startup was founded by former child chess prodigy and neuroscientist Demis Hassabis alongside Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.

February 9, 2016

UK's pecking order of 10 highest spending brands spends :Bsky ,P&G and BT among top 3

Of the top 25 advertisers in UK .Around, 14 of them reduced adpsend in 2013. Most notably, EE slashed its spend by the largest degree by nearly 40% in the 12 months following its launch, from £87m in 2012 to £53m in 2013. Another big cut in spend came from Marks & Spencer, which, in 25th place, cut spend by 25% to £50.7m.
"UK biggest ad spends by brand"

top 20 ad spending by British brands"

" top 20 ad spending by British brands"

comparison of top 10 british brands compared with 2013 vs 2014

February 4, 2016

facebook advertising user growth and revenues faceoff : europe vs north america

"facebook revenues by geography"

"facebook's arpu by regional users"

"facebook's daily active users"

  • In terms of MAU ( monthly active users)  European markets contributed 323 million  with an Europe  ARPU of $3.47.
  • It’s 3rd time  Facebook crossed the $1 billion mark in ‘European revenue’ for the quarter and the first time Facebook crossed $1.1 billion in quarterly revenue.
  •  Facebook more than doubled its revenue in Europe in just two years.

  •  Monthly active users  was 219 million with an ARPU ( canada & US combined ) it was $13.54. which was 3 times of Europe
  • In the U.S. and Canada, it reported sales of $1.86 billion.. (source : techrunch)

February 2, 2016

venture investment firms in london investing in clean technology

London Based Venture Capital Firms |Funding Clean Technology

January 29, 2016

investment across the financial technology by deal size and valuations

January 28, 2016

western europe instore retail sales by country breakup:

"western europe retail sales by country breakup: "

Western europe retail sales by country breakup: 

UK, Germany and Sweden tops western europe retail sales ( except the items autos , gas tickets, holiday and travel bookings). The latest data from Europe's centre for retailresearch compares the   retail sales by European nations by year 2014 and 2015

January 26, 2016

50% global digital ad spending is accounted by us and china


US and China accounts for more than 50% of digital ad spending budgets with a total of $73billion  shared between the 2 nations last year. According to emarketer out of  a total of $146billion  digital spending  which is presently shared between   biggest top 5 digital markets of the world, which includes  Japan ,UK, Germany apart from US and China

January 25, 2016

spain,uk,ireland and portugal among europe's fastest growing ad makets


The latest data from Carat, the leading global media network reflects continued optimism on its updated forecasts for worldwide advertising expenditure in 2015 and 2016, 
global advertising spends across Top 10  markets of western  europe is likely to remain positive  and will see solid growth across Digital and Mobile  channels 

 Western Europe returned to positive territory in 2014, with +2.8% growth. In 2015, a similar growth rate of +2.6%  was  forecast with a further increase of +2.9% predicted for 2016.

The European markets showing the highest growth in the region this year and in 2016 are Spain, UK, Ireland and Portugal, whilst in Greece advertising spend has been revised down to -12.0% from +8.0% predicted in the March 2015 report

UK : In 2016  UK market is predicted  with a year on- year growth rate of +5.5%. The 2016 UEFA European Football Championships, at which it is possible that multiple home nations may qualify, is likely to start a summer of increased spending, with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games also driving some advertising revenue.

Germany will see a further increase in advertising spend of +1.7% is predicted for 2016, with no significant impact expected to come from the 2016 UEFA European Football Championships and 2016 Rio Olympics

Spain will see a further +6.9% growth is expected in 2016

The advertising market in France is forecast to reach €10billion in 2016, with a Television  accounting for 33% share of total ad spends along with 5% increase in  digital in 2016

In 2016 Italy will see a growth of 0.7% in overall advertising. The TV market in Italy declined by 3% as print media during the first half of the year is down by -10%.

Russia  will start to recover from Q2-Q3 2016. In 2015, only digital media will show increase in spend  with +5.7% growth. Online Video is will be growing fastest with  +15% yearly growth

united kingdom accounts for 7% global vc deals, 70% growth across technology investments

"united kingdom accounts for 7% global vc deals"
VC INVESTMENT IN  UK  last year reached 3.6 billion euro  with  UK and Ireland accounting for 7% of global VC deals  in 2015. The UK tech sector received 70 per cent more funding from VCs last year, compared with 2014, with start-ups gaining just $2.1bn in 2014,according to research
based on the data from  CB Insights and London & Partners,

 However this number pales into insignificance when compared to VC investment and start up growth in US and silicon valley  miles According to the US National Venture Capital Association, $35.7bn was invested in tech companies by US venture funds in 2014 alone.

"fintech investment growth across UK venture funding"

However UK has traditionally seen increasing VC funding across  financial  technology  start ups. In 2015 Britain's financial technology( fintech)  investments has  seen significant upside  with several
funding rounds in the vertical  which included  Ebury, a group that helps small businesses trade internationally, which raised $83m; Funding Circle, the peer-to-peer lender, which raised $150m; and WorldRemit, a money transfer group, which raised $100 million

UK's  strength has been its proximity with the financial centre of London, where it scores over " the silicon valley's software power centre

lists of 10 start ups in france that saw the biggest vc investment

If you are looking at incubating a start up and not sure where to base you start up at Europe, look twice at France. France is the second largest VC market in Europe after the UK. If you take Scandinavia to be a single market then France comes in at 3rd place .

In France the government plays a very active role, at the national level, and it includes start up as a priority with  a cohesive policy (40 measures). These include a fiscal  tax freeze for all  start ups

France gov recently created  crowdfunding law allowing startups to raise up to €1 million and govt incentives to lauch start ups with grant of €30,000 to launch a new venture;

" 10 start ups in france that saw the biggest venture capital investment "


In 2015 France received VC and PE worth more than 2.4 billion Euro through 371 VC deals.The country  accounted for 2.1% of total global VC investment  and   represented 3% global VC deals

France also scores well in terms of " doing business".In 2014, only 4.5 days were required to found a company in rance, versus 6 in the UK and 14.5 in Germany (Doing Business, World Bank)

Among some of the French Govt incentives has been creation of
1) a €200 million French Tech Acceleration fund for Startup accelerator program;
 2)€500 million “Large Venture” fund for venture capital
3)€600 million of Regional Innovation Subsidies and another €600 million for the European Innovation Grants

January 24, 2016

2016 to see 4.7% increase in global advertising spends,share of online jumps 26%

"global ad spends by region "


The latest Carat report on " global advertising spends"is based on the  data received from 59 markets across the Americas, Asia Pacific and EMEA,

Carat’s latest global advertising expenditure forecasts that global advertising spend will grow by +4.0% in 2015 to US $529billion, while  ad spends in  2016 is predicted to grow by +4.7%, accounting for an additional US$25billion in spending

Marketers will increase their Mobile and Online Video advertising spends especially across social media, with +51.2% and +22% year-on-year growth expected this year.Programmatic buying is also experiencing rapid growth at a rate of +20% each year.

"global top 10  advertising markets by ad spends"

Western Europe remains stable with consistent year-on-year growth at +2.6% in 2015 and +2.9% in 2016 driven by positive momentum in the UK and Spain.

The online & digital  media,  share of  2015 advertising spends was 24.3% which will increase to 26.5% in 2016..Digital continues to be the only channel which is seeing double digital growth, predicted at +15.7% in 2015 and +14.3% in 2016
  • Across 10 of the markets analysed, including the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia, Digital is now the principle media used based on spend, with the US market predicted to join this list in 2018 when digital advertising spend is forecast to overtake TV advertising by more than US $4billion.
  • The positive momentum of advertising spends  is expected to continue across the world at the 
  1. Western Europe at +2.6%, 
  2. North America +4.2%
  3. Asia Pacific  at +4,1%
  4. Latin America +12.7%