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Northern Ireland household spending power 'half the UK average'


http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-36906990

Household spending power in Northern Ireland is about half the UK average, according to new data.

Compiled for Asda by London economists CEBR, the latest income tracker shows families in the region have an extra £8 a week compared with a year ago.

However, their discretionary income of £103 a week compares with a record UK average of £201.

Additionally, it says almost 10% of Northern Ireland workers in 2014 were employed at or below the minimum wage compared with just over 5% across the UK as a whole.

Wales has discretionary income of £180 a week, Scotland has £200, and the poorest English region, the north-east, has £133.

The pace of growth has slowed considerably for Northern Ireland householders - it rose by 9% between April and June, compared with 18% in the corresponding quarter of 2015.

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