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June 9: Households likely to need more support; Largest daily jump in petrol prices; Four-day week jobs up annually; Audi rolls out more charging hubs

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Time 6:50 am, June 9, 2022

Households likely to need more cash support for winter

Economists Stephen Millard and Rebecca McDonald told MPs at the Treasury Select Committee that Rishi Sunak may have to hand out further funds to poorer families by the end of the year.

It comes after Mr Sunak unveiled £21bn of financial measures last month, aimed at supporting households facing 40-year high inflation levels and particularly a surge in energy bills.

Millard, deputy director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), told the committee he believes more will be needed after energy costs increase again later this year.

Largest daily jump in petrol price for 17 years

Data firm Experian Catalist said a litre of petrol cost an average of 180.7p on Tuesday, the largest daily jump in 17 years, according to the RAC.

That was an increase of 2.2p compared with the previous day.

A similar increase on Wednesday will have taken the average cost of a full tank for a 55-litre family car to more than £100 for the first time.

Four-day week jobs up 90 per cent

The number of jobs offering a four-day week has increased over the past year, according to new research.

Jobs site CV-Library said adverts for four-day week positions have jumped by around 90 per cent, especially for work in sectors such as charities, sales, distribution and catering.

The report comes days after scores of companies launched a trial of a four-day week for their staff, lasting six months.

Audi to roll out more charging hubs

Audi is building more charging ‘hubs’ after an initial pilot proved to be ‘overwhelmingly positive’.

Audi will now roll out another version of the hub in Zurich, more compact than the site in Nuremberg, although it will still adopts the same modular design.

Initially created in Nuremberg, Germany, the first hub saw some 3,100 charges take place between January and the end of April 2022, accessed via six reservable high-power charging units.

Attached was a large lounge area with terrace which saw an average of 35 visitors every day. In fact, repeat customers accounted for ‘some 60 per cent’ of the charging sessions which took place.

House hunter numbers fall

Demand from prospective home buyers fell in May, in what could be a side-effect of the rising cost of living and higher interest rates, according to surveyors.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) said property professionals reported that new buyer inquiries fell in May, with a net balance of seven per cent reporting falls rather than rises.

This was a turnaround from April when a balance of eight per cent reported rises in buyer inquiries rather than falls.

Some professionals put this down to some buyers tightening their belts as the cost-of-living has an effect, and May’s result brings to an end eight months in a row of positive results for new buyer inquiries.

Wednesday’s Car Dealer headlines you might have missed

European Parliament throws weight behind 2035 ban on new combustion engines

The European Parliament has thrown its weight behind a proposed ban on selling new cars with combustion engines in 2035, seeking to step up the fight against climate change through the faster development of electric vehicles.

The European Union assembly voted in Strasbourg, France, to require carmakers to cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 100% by the middle of the next decade.

The mandate would amount to a prohibition on the sale in the 27-nation bloc of new cars powered by petrol or diesel.

Experts warn UK growth could flatline in 2023

London’s top shares finished the day in negative territory after experts warned UK economic growth could grind to a halt next year.

Trading sentiment took a downturn after the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said growth will slow more than expected over the rest of this year before flatlining in 2023.

Other European markets also slid after the body warned global growth would stall further following the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The FTSE 100 ended the day down 5.93 points, or 0.08 per cent, at 7,593, after recovering some ground later in the day.

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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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