From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013
Business trends report pinpoints growing job prospects, price cuts and low interest rates
Early sales and online offers result in lower consumer footfall, with major stores expected to report disappointing results
Value of sales for a sector that spans charity shops, vegetarian food and energy efficient lightbulbs, rose to £38bn in 2014
Just days before the Federal Reserve raised interest rates, a Pew Research Center poll found 45% of Americans think the economy is ‘only fair’
The National Retail Federation reports that 90% of American shoppers still have to buy gifts as the ‘busiest shopping days of the year are still to come’
Spending splurge requires a central bank response – but what about the manufacturers battling to make headway against a rising pound?