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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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?...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. July 9, 2013

    Sun shines on UK’s June retail sales

    The summer sun helped lift shoppers’ spirits last month, with retailers reporting strong spending on clothing. A monthly...

  33. June 25, 2013

    UK appoints regulator to protect grocery suppliers

    A new government adjudicator tasked with enforcing better treatment of UK supermarket suppliers was formally established on...

  34. June 12, 2013

    Sainsbury’s calls on government to address high street tax burden

    Justin King, chief executive of J Sainsbury, stepped up pressure on the government to ease the tax burden on the high...

  35. June 4, 2013

    UK retail sales shrug off topsy-turvy weather with 3.4% rise

    The topsy-turvy weather did not stop shoppers spending last month, with retail sales rising by 3.4 per cent compared with...

  36. May 31, 2013

    High street retailers seek tax reform

    Big retailers are stepping up pressure on the UK government to address what some regard as the unfair tax burden on the high...

  37. May 30, 2013

    UK shoppers use less cash as online sales continue to grow

    British consumers did nearly 10 per cent less shopping with cash, in terms of monetary value, in 2012 than in the year...

  38. May 8, 2013

    April sales data cheer retailers

    The early Easter masked a good April for retailers, with consumers returning to the shops towards the end of last month when...

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