Uk Auto Consumers More Price Sensitive Than In U.s., Says Xad/telmetrics Uk Mobile Path-to-purchase Study

UK industrial output slides unexpectedly

In fact, 44 percent of UK auto searchers expect businesses to be situated within a five-mile radius of their current location, and up to 59 percent of UK auto searchers use their mobile device to look for a business phone number or place a call to a business. The study showed that close location is UK mobile auto searchers most important site or search feature and a key purchase influence alongside the right price and fit/relevance. Overall, UK smartphones were used more than tablets to look for or find a business to purchase from. As close proximity plays a critical role in the UK mobile auto purchase cycle, marketers can increase their consumer traction by prominently including business location details, contact information, and links to maps and directions in their mobile ad content, said Monica Ho, vice president of marketing, xAd, Inc. Incorporating this information will also help businesses forge a strong connection with both smartphone and tablet searchers who may be using more than one device throughout their purchase cycle. Mobile device type impacts UK auto search focus & purchase result The study also revealed a number of device usage patterns for the auto category. Unlike in the U.S. where tablet auto searches generated more conversions, UK smartphone auto searches are more likely to result in a purchase than those on a tablet (47 percent smartphone vs. 41 percent tablet). Regarding top search activities, both smartphone and tablet owners primarily used their devices to compare prices and look up location details. The main difference is that smartphone users concentrate on finding location and contact information while reviews matter more to tablet users. As far as where UK mobile auto searchers are using their devices, at-home tablet auto searches were double the amount than on smartphones (82 percent vs.

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View gallery Electricity pylons are pictured near Barking Power Station in east London, on October 18, 2011 (AFP Photo/Ki Price) 3 hours ago London (AFP) – British industrial output sank unexpectedly in August, showing the biggest monthly fall since September 2012, official data showed on Wednesday. Production dived 1.1 percent in August from July, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement. That confounded market expectations for a small gain of 0.3 percent, according to analysts polled by Dow Jones Newswires. On a 12-month comparison, industrial output — which includes mining and quarrying, electricity, gas and water supply — shrank by 1.5 percent in August. That was worse than expectations of a 0.7-percent decline. The main driver of the decline in industrial production was output from the manufacturing sector, which fell 1.2 percent on the month in August, and was 0.2 percent weaker compared with the corresponding period a year earlier. Economists had been expecting manufacturing to increase 0.3 percent on the month and rise 0.9 percent on the year. In a separate publication, the ONS said that Britain’s trade deficit on goods narrowed to A9.6 billion ($15.3 billion, 11.4 billion euros) in August, compared with A9.9 billion in July. However, economists had forecast the deficit would narrow to A9.0 billion. Wednesday’s poor figures are in contrast to recent strong economic data, underscoring the fragility of Britain’s recovery, analysts said. “August’s weak industrial production and trade figures signal that GDP growth in the third quarter might not be quite as strong as the business surveys have suggested,” said Capital Economics analyst Samuel Tombs. British gross domestic product (GDPgrew by 0.7 percent in the second quarter, more than double the 0.3-percent expansion that was witnessed in the first three months of 2013.

UK: We’re Working Toward Reopening Embassy in Iran

Hague told lawmakers there are signs of a change albeit qualified ones. The British embassy in Tehran was closed in late 2011 after a mob overran the building as tensions over a possible attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities ran high. Iran also closed its embassy in London. Relations have remained tense since then, but the recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has raised hopes of a thaw between Iran and the West and of a possible nuclear deal. “It is clear that the new president and ministers in Iran are presenting themselves and their country in a much more positive way than in the recent past. There is no doubt that the tone of the meetings with them is different,” Hague told the House of Commons. He said he and his Iranian counterpart had agreed to appoint non-resident charge d’affaires offices which would discuss the eventual reopening of the British embassy in Iran and the Iranian one in Britain. Hague still expressed caution, saying it is critical for Iran’s warmer tone “to be accompanied by concrete actions and viable approach to negotiations.” Iran and Western powers have been arguing for years about Iran’s atomic energy program. Iran insists its nuclear facilities are being used for peaceful purposes, but the United States, Europe and Israel believe they’re a cover for clandestine development of atomic weapons. The U.S. and its allies have slapped tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to open up about the program. “We must not forget for one moment that as things stand today Iran remains in defiance of six U.N. Security Council resolutions … and is installing more centrifuges in its nuclear facilities,” Hague said.