New research has revealed that Brits have chosen to splurge on the home comforts of coffee, tea, biscuits and books the most during lockdown.
How have you been spending your money over these past few months?
According to latest supermarket industry data and market research company Kantar, in the past four weeks alone, an additional £24 million was spent on tea and coffee, and £19 million more was spent on biscuits compared to the same period this time last year.
Fraser McKevitt, Head of Retail and Consumer Insight at Kantar, said that “the cost of working from home is starting to add up for many”.
Figures also showed that over the past 12 weeks, supermarket sales grew by 16.9% on the same period last year, which is the fastest increase since its records began in 1994, and with more people turning to online supermarkets during this period, home delivery grocers and services now account for 13% of the market, which is up from 7.4% in March when lockdown restrictions were first put in place.
“Although restrictions have eased, more than one in five households still made an online order during the latest four weeks” Mr McKevitt added.
There has also been a surge in reading during lockdown too.
According to publisher Bloomsbury, its sales have climbed by almost a fifth compared to last year and its consumer division also reported a 28% rise in revenue. Bloomsbury said that its good performance during May and June “were particularly unexpected”, with print revenues were 9% above the same period last year and digital revenues growing by 63% year-on-year.
In line each of the above findings, high street footfall was also found to be down by 15%.
Speaking on the predicted future consumer habits, Mr McKevitt added: “As lockdown restrictions are gradually eased and non-essential retail outlets re-open, some consumers are slowly resuming their pre-COVID routines and shopping habits”.
“However, we are clearly a long way off a complete return to normality”.
James Corden is trending as football fans joke loser of England vs USA ‘has to keep him’
Twitter users might have noticed that James Corden is trending again – and it’s not because it’s nearly Gavin and Stacey Christmas Special season.
The reason the British actor, comedian and presenter is trending is much funnier.
Once the World Cup games were matched up and we realised England and USA would face off in the group stages, people started joking that they would use Corden as a punishment for losing.
It’s become an ongoing joke that the loser of tonight’s World Cup match will ‘have to keep James Corden’.
And nobody seems to want that.
Corden fell out of favour last month when New York restaurant Balthazar called him ‘a tiny Cretin of a man’ and said that he abused their staff on his visit.
He was banned, then apologised, and now all seems to be forgiven.
But the internet does not forgive so easily.
At the time of writing, England vs USA is drawn 0-0.
Here are some of the tweets that sum up why James Corden is trending tonight:
You can buy half Christmas trees so you don’t have to decorate the full thing
December is nearly ready for rolling around once again.
It’s time to reach out the decorations out and get into the festive spirit, but for those who’d consider themselves a bit lazy, there’s an invention that could be a life saver, and it’s quite honestly genius.
You can now buy ‘half Christmas trees’ – otherwise known as or ‘against the wall Christmas trees’.
Unless your tree’s going to placed in front of a street-facing window for rafts of passers-by to see on a daily basis, it can be really tempting to just not decorate the back of it at all, right? The faff off trying to evenly-distribute strings of lights, tinsel and baubles around a full tree is often a lot more trouble than it’s worth, especially when it’s not going to be properly seen anyway.
Some would probably say it’s pointless, and it’s this thought that has presumably prompted companies to start selling these ‘half Christmas trees’.
If you’re wondering what a ‘half Christmas tree’ is, it’s basically exactly as it sounds – half a tree.
Half Christmas trees – which are also a great option for those with slightly less space to dedicate to seasonal decorations – are available in various places, and for all manner of budgets, so it should be fairly easy to get your hands on one this festive season.
According to the product description on the Very website: “This may look like a regular Christmas tree, but it’s been cleverly designed so that one side is completely flat, so no matter how limited your space might be, you and your family can still enjoy the magic of having a tree in your home,”
“Standing an impressive 6ft tall and featuring 511 tips for a lush look, you can stand it flat against the wall to save on valuable floor space,
“It also means you don’t have to worry about any of your favourite decorations being out of sight at the back”.
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper though, then there’s plenty of different options available on eBay and Amazon too, and our pick for this would be the vidaXL Artificial Half Christmas Tree – which is currently being sold on eBay by a number of different sellers for prices starting at £24.