Before you head off to enjoy the long Easter weekend, catch up on what’s been going on away from the charts in Five Lessons Learnt This Week.
This week, we’ve gone for an Easter theme – so read on to find out how much richer you are this Easter than last, how much you’ll save on Easter treats by buying them after Easter and where to find Google’s hidden Easter eggs…
1. When to buy your Easter eggs
Okay, so as traders, the thought of paying over the odds for something knowing the price is about plummet is probably a pretty painful one, right? Well, the folks over at Mirror have worked out exactly how much money you’ll be wasting if you buy Easter eggs in advance of the Easter weekend, and what bargains you can pick up if you can persuade your relatives to wait ’til next week for their chocolate treats.
Last year, the price of Easter eggs dropped by 24% in the week after Easter, and the year before that, they fell by 33%. A few days after Easter, you’ll likely snap up an egg for an average price of £2.42 – buy them now, and you’ll pay more like £5.
The downside, of course, is you’re relying on what stock is left after Easter – you might snap up a bargain, but it’ll be the egg that no-one else wanted. Oh, and you’ll have to persuade the children in your life that the Easter bunny has made a good investment choice by bringing their Easter eggs late. Good luck with that one.
Whenever you’ll be buying your Easter treats, we’ve picked out the ones you’ll want to get your hands on in Best Easter Eggs and Treats. Enjoy!
2. We still fall for April Fools’ Day jokes
|Every year on April 1st, companies all over the internet pull out their latest April Fools’ Day jokes – and every year, we fall for them in droves. And this year was no exception: scouring the week’s news to bring you the best five stories in Five Lessons Learnt was a challenge in spotting the real stories hidden among the flood of made-up nonsense.
Here are a few of our favourite April Fools’ tricks from this year:
- Tesco’s “bouncy aisles” (trampolines to help the vertically-challenged reach the top shelves)
- Google Maps ‘Pac Man’ version
- Jeremy Clarkson joins Guardian fossil fuel divestment drive
- And one that’s actually quite a good idea: Virgin’s train-while-you-train trains
For more April Fools’ Day pranks, check out our Best April Fools’ Day Pranks of All Time. And because traders are partial to a good prank all year round and not just on April 1st, we’ve also got the Top 10 Pranks from the Trading Floor.
3. Easter = Travel chaos
If you don’t like delays, traffic jams or airport queues, it’s probably best to avoid travelling over Easter. The UK bank holiday weekend is set to cause travel chaos, with airports maxed out, roads crammed and trains disrupted. Heathrow and Gatwick are expecting record numbers of travellers, with 800,000 travellers forecast to pass through Heathrow on Friday and two million expected to use Gatwick airport across the Easter weekend.
And the roads won’t be much quieter. The RAC has forecast that 16 million cars will hit roads over the weekend with Easter Sunday set to be the busiest day. And major train works scheduled over the weekend mean it’s probably best to avoid travelling by rail. A number of major routes will be affected by works, including the London to Scotland West Coast main line. Stick to walking if you can…
If you’re off on your travels, make sure you’ve read the Seven Things You Need to Know Before Booking Your Holiday – where to go, when to go and what to pack.
4. We’re all £16 richer
Supermarkets are predicting a big weekend after a report showed that customers have £16 more in their pockets this Easter than they did this time last year. Across the UK, households had £184 a week to spend on non-essential items in February, a 9.2% rise on disposable income in the same period in 2014.
The report said that average family spending power has now risen year-on-year for 17 months, marking the most sustained recovery since to Bank of England cut the base rate in 2009. The upshot is, you’ll have an extra £16 to spend on whatever you like this weekend (which might buy you 2 or 3 Easter eggs). Don’t spend it all at once…
5. Google is giving out Easter eggs
Not the chocolate kind though. Google’s Easter offerings are of the tech variety – sneaky bits of code and special features all over the web that shouldn’t be there (and pop up when you least expect it).
For example, search for ‘Google in 1998’ and you’ll be transported back in time to how the search engine looked way back when. Or search for ‘Zerg Rush’ and your search results will be transformed into a race against time. Search ‘do the Harlem Shake’ on YouTube and the YouTube page itself will join in the viral dance… and search for ‘blink HTML’ in Google and your results will blink (’tilt’ and ‘shake’ work the same way).
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