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August provided a welcome pick-up in retail sales across channels, with non-food returning to growth as shoppers' attentions turned to homewares, autumn clothing ranges and the new school term. These figures tell a less positive story about the health of consumer spending than it might seem at first glance. Non-food sales have only just recovered to levels seen two years ago, after a dismal August in 2016; while strong figures for food are largely the result of rising prices, leaving growth in volume terms weaker than last year.feedback
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Sep 04 2017
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Apr 04 2017

Global food commodity costs have risen by 17 per cent on average over last year's figures, building substantial pressure in the food supply chain. Although UK food shop prices are seeing their steepest rise this month for over two years, the increase is still only one per cent, reflecting the continuing intense competition between retailers. The limited increase is even more impressive, given the magnitude of the devaluation in sterling.feedback

Mar 20 2017

A business tax system that continues to curtail investment in bricks and mortar is at odds with an industry that desperately needs to innovate in order to attract cautious shoppers into their stores.feedback

Mar 08 2017

This is yet another sticking plaster on a chronically ill patient – an unsustainable property tax higher here than anywhere in the developed world. More short-term relief measures continue to add complexity to an already impenetrable system.feedback

Mar 07 2017

But looking beyond this distortion, the persistent weak sales performance of several non-food categories points to an undeniable trend of cautious spending on non-essential items.feedback

Mar 07 2017

Tougher times are expected ahead. The impact of inflation on consumer spending will add further intensity to an already fiercely competitive environment in which the ability to adapt and innovate will be key to survival. Looking to the budget this week, we hope to see a commitment from government to lay a path to a truly sustainable business rates system that will give retailers the flexibility needed to invest and support their local communities.feedback

Mar 04 2017

There is a widespread consensus in the business community that the system is unfair, outdated and deters investment.feedback

Feb 07 2017

These figures suggest that 'caution' was top of new year shopping lists and the uptick in credit card lending at the end of last year may be short lived. With the signs pointing to upward pressures on shop prices given rising import costs, all eyes will be on the impact of inflation on consumer spending.feedback

Jan 10 2017 - Christmas

The challenge for retailers in 2017 will be to create real growth against a backdrop of growing inflationary pressures and persisting economic and political uncertainty.feedback

Jan 10 2017 - Christmas

Despite the slow start to the Christmas trading period, the week itself was a bumper one and exceeded expectations.feedback

Aug 09 2016

Little has materially changed for most UK households in the wake of June 23, so it is not surprising to us that sales are simply responding to their normal underlying drivers. A heavy month of promotions proved very successful in appealing to bargain-hungry shoppers. The big question for retailers is whether that success can be carried forward into full price sales.feedback

Jul 17 2016

Other factors such as major televised sporting tournaments had also been at play in the latest set of data. June has seen many distractions from Euro 2016 to Wimbledon so heading out to the shops seems to have slipped down the priority list for many.feedback

Feb 03 2016

With consumer confidence falling back and wage growth remaining subdued, retailers continue to support their customers with prices and promotions to maintain market share in the tough trading environment.feedback

Sep 02 2015 - Christmas

Following on from a somewhat disappointing Christmas period for retailers, the new year kicked off to a strong start.feedback

Jun 04 2015

Despite consumer confidence remaining at zero, a relatively benign economic environment and a fiercely competitive market will see retailers continue to respond to their customers with prices and promotions to maintain market share as the Spring season kicks off.feedback

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