Financial news we can handle..

This is financial news we all can handle..

“One in six households in the Republic went to the North to shop over the summer, with alcohol representing a significant part of the savings made.
A survey show that by travelling to Northern Ireland consumers can currently save over 30 per cent on leading alcohol brands.”

“A snap survey of oil distributors carried out by the Belfast Telegraph on Friday found the cost of filling a tank of home heating oil has dropped by nearly £60 in just 21 days.”.

It would be good to hear about the ups and downs of the cost of living where you live. Come on Consumer Council – get a move on!

Update at the stock market close from Bloomberg and Yahoo financial . ” Crude oil for October delivery rose $4.94, or 4.7 percent, to $109.49 a barrel at 11:41 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Futures climbed as much as $5.05 to $109.60 a barrel, the highest since Sept. 8. The October contract expires today. The more-active November contract rose $3.85, or 3.8 percent, to $106.60 a barrel.” The falling $ is accentuating the trend. How will it affect pump prices and boiler deliveries? Not good, I’d say. American swings, our roundabouts. We can only pray it settles in our favour.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London