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Without decisive action from the chancellor in his upcoming budget, then retailers face a stark £270m leap in their rates bill from April; money which could otherwise be invested in stores and digital innovation.feedback
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Nov 12 2017
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Helen Dickinson is associated, including Christmas, UK, and retailer. Most recently, Helen Dickinson has been quoted saying: “Real consumer spending power has been on a downward trend in the last year as the acceleration in inflation has caused shoppers to become ever more cautious in considering what purchases they can afford. Many now face higher borrowing costs, given the rise in interest rates, which will only serve to heap further pressure onto household finances.” in the article Warm October leaves retailers feeling under the weather.
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Jul 05 2017

The fact that the headline number, minus 0.3 percent, shows that prices are still down on last year should not be misunderstood. The year on year numbers belie the fact that prices have been heading upwards for the last six months; it's just that significant deflation in the second half of 2016 means there has been considerable ground to make up in the year on year figures.feedback

May 08 2017 - Easter

Looking to the longer-term signs of a slowdown, the outlook isn't as rosy.feedback

Apr 26 2017

That said, many retailers are actively investing in their people to improve the quality and productivity of jobs per employee.feedback

Apr 26 2017

Today's fall in full-time equivalent employment from our sample of retailers shows a continuation of a year-long downward trend of retailers reducing the number of hours being worked. We expect retailers to continue reviewing how they work with their people as they look to address the changing face of retail and keep prices low for consumers. Building inflationary pressures and public policy costs, alongside intense competition, are taking their toll and retail, as a people intensive industry, is being hit hard.feedback

Apr 10 2017

Looking at the bigger picture though, the slowdown in non-food growth persists and it now stands at its lowest three-month average for nearly six years.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Easter

Marginal growth in food was bolstered by slightly higher shop prices following increases in global food commodity costs and a weaker pound. The pressure on prices continues to build, albeit slowly, and will inevitably put a tighter squeeze on disposable income and so, to ensure consumers continue to enjoy great quality, choice and value on goods, securing tariff free-trade must be the priority as the Brexit negotiations begin in earnest.feedback

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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