With Christmas almost upon us and people starting think about winding down ahead of the festive period, it appears charitable giving is on the rise and just under 50% of people have finished their Christmas shopping.
See below for our key findings from our week 39 Covid-19 Consumer Impact Tracker:
- In the week that saw the first person in the UK receive a vaccine, happiness (+2ppts), life satisfaction (+6ppts) and optimism (+5ppts) have all increased.
- However, as seen last week, finance woes continue to rise. The percent of people feeling financially secure has decreased 3ppts from 40% to 37%.
- Confidence in the Government’s response to COVID has increased slightly again this week, from 30% to 32%, thanks partly to the vaccine roll out, however this is still significantly lower vs pre-pandemic levels.
- This week, as we approach Christmas, we see charitable giving at its highest since tracking at 21%, as well as people treating themselves with half of the nation having bought a fast-food meal this week.
- In the week that vaccinations have started to be rolled out, the number of people likely to wait for a vaccine before taking part in activities has increased.
- As December progresses, people are continuing to feel more festive and less concerned about Christmas. 40% have finished their Christmas shopping and more people report watching Christmas films and listening to Christmas music.