Asda Income Tracker shows NI households have the weakest spending power in the UK

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The latest figures from Asda’s Income Tracker reveal Northern Ireland recorded the weakest spending power of £112 per week.

Gross income for the average UK household grew by 10.1% and at £233 per week, was £21.50 a week higher in March 2024 than it was a year before.

This marks twelve consecutive months of growth, which has largely been driven by continued elevated wage growth, decreased energy costs and significant deceleration in core inflation which is now nearing the Bank of England’s target rate.

The UK-wide Income Tracker also recorded its strongest quarterly growth since Q3 2021, with all but one UK region, the East Midlands, witnessing annual growth in spending power.

Asda have revealed details of their latest income trackerAsda have revealed details of their latest income tracker
Asda have revealed details of their latest income tracker

Both Scotland and the East of England recorded spending power values above the UK-wide average in Q1, at £235 and £250 per week, respectively.

London recorded the highest spending power value at £311 per week across Q1. The capital is now the only UK region where spending power has now surpassed pre-crisis levels.

In contrast, Northern Ireland recorded the weakest spending power of £112 per week, a £199 discrepancy when compared to the strongest value witnessed in London. On a quarter-on-quarter basis, this represents a increase of £8 for NI families. However discretionary income remains 21.3% below its peak, observed before the cost-of-living crisis in Q1 2021. This difference is the highest of all UK regions.

Reacting to this month’s Income Tracker, Sam Miley, Managing Economist and Forecasting Lead at Cebr who produce the Income Tracker on behalf of Asda, said: “The Income Tracker is showing sustained improvement, as households gradually rebound from the severe impacts of the cost-of-living crisis. Consumer spending and activity is expected to be further supported by a significant reduction in inflation driven by decreased energy costs for households from April onward, along with recent policy measures, not least due to cuts in National Insurance. This is expected to result in a sharp uptick in household spending power in April.”

Asda continues to support families, communities, and its colleagues by launching new propositions regularly.

Earlier this year, Asda was the first supermarket to promise a price match to both Aldi and Lidl. The retailer recently announced it was adding over 100 everyday products to its price match campaign, including household staples and branded favourites.

The initiative sits alongside Asda’s established value propositions including Price Drop and Mega Drop deals – as well as Asda Rewards.

Since launching Asda Rewards in August 2022, circa 6m customers now regularly use the Asda Rewards app and have saved over £400m in Cashpots to spend in store or online.