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  1. The International Energy Agency predicted a bright future for solar energy
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  3. UK retail sales jumped last month, but that wasn’t because Brits cut loose

Solar Is Shining

Solar Is Shining

What’s Going On Here?

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published a report on Tuesday predicting a few fat years for the solar power industry.

What Does This Mean?

Nations were given an extra reason to take their looming climate commitments seriously when war broke out in Europe, sending energy prices sky-high and fanning the flames of global inflation. Renewable energy suddenly started looking a lot more attractive – and solar projects, which are relatively quick and convenient to develop, seemed to possess a special appeal. At any rate, the sector has piqued the interest of the US and India: the IEA thinks the next five years will see the two nations’ solar spending increase sevenfold compared to the past five, putting a dent in China’s hold over the solar supply chain. In fact, things are moving so quickly that the IEA expects solar power generation to outpace coal by 2027.

Why Should I Care?

The bigger picture: Green growth.
It’s not just solar: renewables in general seem to be on a stellar trajectory right now, with some generous government spending helping things along. Just look at the US, which is plowing ahead with a climate package that includes $10 billion in tax credits and $27 billion in a “green bank” to support clean energy projects. That could be why the IEA’s so cheery about clean energy’s fortunes: the body expects global renewable power capacity to become the biggest source of global electricity by 2025 and to double in the next five years.

Zooming out: Testing metal’s mettle.
There are challenges to the green transition, mind you: data out on Tuesday showed that this year's skyrocketing lithium, cobalt, and nickel prices pushed the price of EV battery packs up for the first time in over a decade. Unless costs come down soon, that could make it tricky to mass produce and sell EVs in markets where subsidies aren’t on offer – setting the transition back.

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More Buck For Your Bang

More Buck For Your Bang

What’s Going On Here?

Data out on Tuesday showed that UK retail sales jumped in November – but that’s got more to do with inflation than seasonal shopping.

What Does This Mean?

October’s paltry 1.2% annual rise in the value of retail spending had economists hoping the month was the calm before the winter spending storm. But now that November’s figures are in, it seems like this might be a “be-careful-what-you-wish-for” moment. See, the value of retail sales did climb 4.1% last month versus the year before – but for all the wrong reasons. Non-food retail sales didn't grow at all, suggesting consumers aren’t splurging on gifts and festive finery: they’ve just had to spend more to afford the bare necessities. And that 4.1% increase in the value of retail sales wasn’t adjusted for inflation – which was running at a 41-year high of 11.1% in October – meaning that the figure probably conceals a big drop in the actual volume of sales.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming in: If I had a little money.
That grim, expensive reality was confirmed on Tuesday by separate data from Barclaycard, which monitors almost half of the UK’s card transactions. The report showed that spending on necessities like groceries, fuel, and healthcare ticked up by 7.1% in November, while spending on utilities headed skyward and grew by over 40%. No wonder a survey found that half of all Brits are planning to cut spending this Christmas – not merry news for struggling retailers.

The bigger picture: Don’t count on growth.
Consumer spending accounts for about half of the British economy, so it’s no surprise the country’s growth outlook is currently about as strong as Australia’s white Christmas prospects. In fact, a business industry organization said this week that Britain’s economy is on track to shrink 0.4% next year – in line with the OECD’s thinking, which only expects one economy in Europe to perform worse in 2023: Russia.

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