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New IRI research: Shoppers prefer to buy local

More than half of UK consumers (55%) preferring to buy local brands to help support local and small producers, according to new research. IRI’s latest European Shopper Insights Survey other rea...

Nov 20, 2018 | Retail

Treasury Select Committee launches probe into declining free ATM numbers

The Treasury Select Committee has today (9 November) launched a new inquiry into consumer access to financial services, seeking evidence on the impact of reducing the number of free-to-use ATMs and th...

Nov 20, 2018 | Post Office

Coke reveals Xmas plans

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced its plans for Christmas 2018, including limited edition packaging and the return of its ‘Christmas truck tour’. Available from 12 November...

Nov 20, 2018 | Retail

Post Office launches digital passport service at 725 branches across the UK

The Post Office has today (6 November) announced the launch of digital passport renewals, which includes the popular Check and Send service, at 725 locations across the UK. Working together with Her...

Nov 20, 2018 | Post Office

Landmark-Today’s wholesale cash and carry merger now complete

The merger of wholesale buying groups Landmark Wholesale and Today’s Wholesale Services was completed yesterday (1 November), to form a new entity, Unitas Wholesale. Unitas, the UK’s larg...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

This will give you the creeps: Hallowe'en is now worth almost half a billion

Hallowe'en will be worth about £491m to retailers this year, according to analytics company GlobalData. Clothing and costumes remain the greatest opportunity for retailers to capitalise on...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

UK shoppers ‘cautiously optimistic’ in the run up to Christmas

Just over a quarter of UK retail consumers think they will be better off in the next 12 months, marginally higher than the proportion who think they will be worse off, according to new research by con...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

'Bank branch deserts' becoming more common, BBC study finds

Around 13 million adults in the UK now live in areas where at least half of the local banks and building societies have closed, analysis by the BBC reveals. Figures from the Office for National Stati...

Nov 5, 2018 | Post Office

East Midlands post office blown up after bungled ATM raid

Raiders yesterday (22 October) blew up a post office in a bid to steal a cash machine. Debris was strewn outside the Post Office in Chapel Street, Spondon, Derby, after the explosion at about 04:45am...

Nov 5, 2018 | Post Office

PO's takeover of Payzone gets the green light

The Post Office has today (19 October) been given the go-ahead to complete its acquisition of the Payzone bill payments business by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) – with the deal se...

Nov 5, 2018 | Post Office

Village PO’s in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop

Family run village store and post office, Hopes of Longtown near Hereford, has made it on to the shortlist of retailers in the running to be named Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2018. The branch w...

Nov 5, 2018 | Post Office