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This year's Valentine's Day spending expected to hit new highs

Spending on Valentine’s Day (14 February) is expected to reach £853m this year, up 7.8% on 2018 figures, according to new research. The survey by retail and shopper marketing agency Savvy...

Feb 15, 2019 | Retail

Small business confidence falls to lowest level for eight years

Small business confidence has fallen to -9.9, the lowest level since 2011, according to the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index. The data revealed that 67% of small firms...

Jan 25, 2019 | Retail

Ofcom issues latest Second Class stamp price review

Mails regulator Ofcom today (17 January) issued its latest review of Second Class stamp safeguard caps. Back in March 2012, Ofcom imposed a price cap on Second Class standard letters. The cap was set...

Jan 18, 2019 | Retail

Consumers aim to cut spending in 2019, new study reveals

Consumers are planning to spend less on sweet treats and premium toiletries this year, according to new research from payment services firm Paymentsense. The study reveals that 56% of UK consumers ar...

Jan 17, 2019 | Retail

Spend in c-stores on the up as 2018 ended

Consumers spent an average of £7.05 at convenience stores in December, 10.5% more than during the rest of the year, according to new figures from an independent researcher. However, The Retail...

Jan 16, 2019 | Retail

Government outlines plan to raise plastic bag charge to 10p and extend to small shops

The government is planning to extend the charge on plastic carrier bags to all stores. Under proposals unveiled over the Christmas period, the current 5p charge will be extended to all retailers and...

Jan 16, 2019 | Retail

The UK a long way from being a cashless society, new report finds

The UK is not ready to go cashless, according to the findings of the independent Access to Cash review, which has published its interim report today (19 December). The report found that over the last...

Dec 20, 2018 | Retail

Welsh shops hail business rates relief extension

Welcome for Wales rates relief extension Retailers have welcomed confirmation from the Welsh government that it will extend its high-street rates relief scheme for 2019-2020. Eligible businesses wil...

Dec 20, 2018 | Retail

Small Business Saturday 2018 "best ever"

An estimated £812m was spent in small businesses across the UK on Small Business Saturday, an 8% increase on last year, according to research commissioned by principal supporter American Express...

Dec 20, 2018 | Retail

Shoppers to splash out on Christmas food and drink despite Brexit uncertainty

Consumers plan to spend more on food and drink this Christmas, according to a new trading analysis from consulting giant PwC. The research shows that shoppers will spend less on presents this year, e...

Dec 20, 2018 | Retail

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

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

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

Retailers ‘unaware’ of music licensing rules, survey finds

More than half of small businesses owners in the UK incorrectly believe a personal music account gives them the right to use it in their place of work, according to a new survey by licensing specialis...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

A million people in the UK ‘live in food deserts’ claims report

More than a million people in the UK live in ‘food deserts’ – areas where poverty, poor public transport and a lack of big supermarkets severely limit access to affordable fresh frui...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

Retail sales cool in September

Total UK retail sales grew by 0.7% last month, compared with 2.3% growth during September 2017. These are the lowest growth figures for a year. The figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) an...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

Is Amazon about to open "bricks and mortar" c-stores in the UK?

Amazon is looking to acquire a “significant number” of smaller retail sites in order to open its Amazon go store concept in the UK, according to media reports over the weekend.An article i...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail

Government to tackle food waste in retail and manufacturing

The government today (October 2) said it will set up a pilot scheme to reduce food waste, specifically addressing surplus food from retail and manufacturing. The scheme, which will be supported by &p...

Nov 5, 2018 | Retail