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    1. December 9, 2014

      Bargain hunters help UK to best shop sales growth in three months

      Britain’s high streets have recovered from their miserable early autumn after shoppers rushed to find pre-Christmas...

    2. December 3, 2014

      Autumn Statement 2014: Retailers welcome review of business rates

      Retailers welcomed George Osborne’s pledge to review the business rates system and extend short-term measures to boost the...

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    1. November 12, 2014

      Competition in retail space heats up

      Hointer, a jeans store based in Seattle that was founded by former Amazon executive Nadia Shouraboura, points to one...

    2. October 14, 2014

      Warm September weather hits UK retailers

      High street shops had their worst month in September for more than five years as they struggled to sell woolly jumpers and...

    3. August 12, 2014

      UK retail sales weaken as supermarket price war hits food trade

      UK retail sales weakened for the second month running in July as the supermarket price war and continued low food inflation...

    4. August 1, 2014

      Fuel retailers to blame for UK drive-away crime, minister says

      Britain’s crime minister has questioned whether police should bother responding to calls from petrol retailers whose...

    5. July 27, 2014

      Supermarket tax ‘would push up food prices’, says UK government

      An attempt by English councils to impose a tax on large retailers to boost smaller community enterprises is likely to be...

    6. FT Alphaville

      July 9, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan has had a look at Quindell’s claim that the group discloses profitability for its...

    7. June 24, 2014

      Retailers urged to help end supply chain abuses

      The government is urging retailers to set out guidelines aimed at eradicating abuses in the supply chain in the wake of the...

    8. June 12, 2014

      EU law set to improve UK consumer protection

      Consumer protection will be enhanced on Friday in response to the rise of internet shopping when a law to improve customer...

    9. June 10, 2014

      Britons’ food spending lowest since 2008

      The amount Britons spend on food has dropped for the first time since at least 2008 as a supermarket “price war” drives down...

    10. June 4, 2014

      Supermarket competition keeps shop prices on downward trend

      Prices in the UK’s shops fell for the 13th month in succession in May, as competition between supermarkets showed no sign of...

    11. June 2, 2014

      Grocers’ watchdog finds Morrison overcharged suppliers

      Wm Morrison has been found to be in breach of the groceries code by the Groceries Code Adjudicator after it overcharged...

    12. June 2, 2014

      Cash still king for small transactions

      Britain might be a nation of shopkeepers, as Napoleon quipped, but how much longer will it be a country of cash handlers?...

    13. May 13, 2014

      UK retail sales rebound with 4.2% rise in April

      UK retail sales bounced back in April after two months of decline, with shoppers increasing their spending on home...

    14. May 8, 2014

      Meat industry rounds on halal ‘mischief making’

      The British meat industry and religious leaders have expressed surprise at a wave of criticism of halal slaughter, pointing...

    15. May 8, 2014

      Poundland records 13% jump in sales

      Sales at Poundland, the discount store chain that floated in March, jumped to just under £1bn in its last financial year, in...

    16. April 15, 2014

      UK retail sales fall for second month in a row

      UK retail sales fell for the second month running in March, with the later timing of Easter holidays hitting spending. The...

    17. March 11, 2014

      UK retail sales fall as discounts curb food price inflation

      UK retail sales fell in February, as supermarket discounting campaigns caused a slowdown in food price inflation. Sales were...

    18. March 4, 2014

      Look at scrapping UK business rates, say MPs

      The government should consider scrapping business rates in a move that would level the playing field between online...

    19. February 23, 2014

      FTSE 100 chiefs wary of impact on business of Scotland’s Yes vote

      Two-thirds of FTSE 100 chairmen who participated in a survey believe Scottish independence would be bad for British...

    20. February 18, 2014

      Shopkeepers seek switch away from rental values

      Business rates should be based on a company’s energy usage or even the number of its employees rather than a building’s...

    21. February 16, 2014

      UK’s top retailers speak out against Scottish independence

      The UK’s largest retailers have voiced overwhelmingly hostile views about Scottish independence and the impact it could have...

    22. February 5, 2014

      UK shop prices fall for ninth month in a row

      UK shop prices fell for a ninth consecutive month in January, as retailers cut prices to encourage spending. Prices of...

    23. January 20, 2014

      British shoplifting increases to highest level in nine years

      UK shoplifting has risen to its highest level in nine years, a report says, as criminal gangs focus on more expensive goods,...

    24. January 10, 2014

      Data confirm Czech Republic’s emergence from recession

      Some glimmers of good news emerged from late 2013 data. The Czech Republic’s emergence from recession was confirmed and a...

    25. January 10, 2014

      Last-minute rush saves traders’ Christmas

      Britons rushed to the shops in the last days before Christmas, giving retailers a “respectable” lift in sales over the...

    26. December 17, 2013

      Big retailers back Brussels cap on card payment fees

      The chief executives of some of Britain’s largest retailers – including J Sainsbury and Marks and Spencer – have swung...

    27. December 13, 2013

      UK consumers hunt for Christmas lunch bargains

      “Festive but frugal” is the order of the day for Christmas lunch this year as British families keep a firm grip on their...

    28. December 5, 2013

      Autumn Statement 2013: Business groups seek curb on energy costs

      Business leaders signalled that they would push hard for relief from energy costs in next spring’s Budget after George...

    29. December 3, 2013

      Brazil’s economy grows less than expected

      It has been a muted start to the holiday season with retail sales easing off in a number of countries, while Brazil’s...

    30. December 3, 2013

      Retailers boosted by rise in online sales

      A surge in online sales gave the UK’s major retailers a boost in November, driving more than half the growth seen in...

    31. December 3, 2013

      Online shoppers give retailers festive boost

      Online shoppers gave retailers an early Christmas present as UK stores reported record traffic on Monday after premature...

    32. December 2, 2013

      George Osborne set to reward small businesses in Autumn Statement

      George Osborne stands to reward small businesses in the Autumn Statement this week by pledging an extra £250m for the...

    33. November 18, 2013

      Shoppers put brakes on UK recovery predictions

      Expectations that consumer spending will lead the UK’s economy to full health were tempered on Monday by data showing...

    34. November 5, 2013

      Early Christmas shoppers help push up retail sales

      Retailers received a small pre-Christmas boost last month, with sales picking up as consumers began to shop for the festive...

    35. October 7, 2013

      Unseasonable warmth is blamed for slow shop sales

      Retail sales rose at their slowest pace since Easter in September, with industry figures blaming the unseasonably warm...

    36. September 15, 2013

      Shopping centres and high street hit by August dip in footfall

      Visits to shopping centres and the high street showed their sharpest decline last month since March. Retail footfall fell in...

    37. September 2, 2013

      Spat to save the UK high street looks set to grow

      The fight to save the high street has developed into a punch-up between those trying to deliver the kiss of life. Bill...

    38. August 19, 2013

      UK online retail sales fall for first time in 13 years

      Monthly online retail sales fell for the first time in 13 years in July, as a prolonged bout of hot weather lured shoppers...

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