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  1. December 4, 2012

    Stores face fines for squeezing suppliers

    Large supermarkets that treat suppliers unfairly could face fines after ministers agreed to strengthen the powers of the...

  2. September 4, 2012

    Olympic spirit fails to reach retailers

    Retailers failed to benefit from the Olympic spirit across the country in August as families preferred to watch the...

  1. August 24, 2012

    BRC to name its director-general

    The British Retail Consortium, the trade body for store groups, will on Friday name Helen Dickinson, the head of retail at...

  2. August 22, 2012

    Retailers face growing cybercrime threat

    E-crime cost retailers more than £205m in 2011-12 and is the sector’s “biggest emerging threat”, according to a report from...

  3. August 20, 2012

    Falling incomes keep shoppers away

    A prolonged spell of cool weather kept shoppers away from British high streets this summer but even indoor shopping venues...

  4. August 7, 2012

    Summer rain hits sales on high street

    Britain’s high streets suffered another lacklustre month in July as wet weather kept people away from the shops, according...

  5. July 10, 2012

    Retailers struggle after Jubilee boost

    Retail spending picked up in June over the Queen’s jubilee weekend but people returned to their frugal ways when the...

  6. May 9, 2012

    April showers wash out retail sales

    Retail sales were poor last month amid unusually cold and wet weather, according to trade association data, which come as...

  7. April 11, 2012

    Early sunshine tempts out shoppers

    March’s unusually warm weather persuaded Britons to buy clothes, shoes and outdoor furniture, according to retail sector...

  8. March 6, 2012

    UK retail growth below inflation rate

    UK retail sales values in February rose more slowly than inflation, according to an industry survey, with strong growth in...

  9. March 1, 2012

    Business seeks £1bn capital allowance scheme

    George Osborne is being urged to launch a £1bn capital allowance scheme to prevent nervous medium-sized companies from...

  10. February 7, 2012

    Sales data suggest festive boost was a blip

    Britons lived cheaply last month by eating the leftovers from Christmas and shopping for bargains in the sales, according to...

  11. January 10, 2012

    ‘Dazzling’ festive results hide malaise

    Retailers enjoyed a “dazzling” week of sales in the run-up to Christmas as heavy discounts persuaded shoppers to part with...

  12. December 13, 2011

    Retail attacks ‘insane’ out-of-town curbs

    Retailers and landlords on Tuesday launched a stinging attack on Mary Portas, the retail expert, after her...

  13. December 6, 2011

    Retail sales record weak rise

    Sales on Britain's high streets in November registered their lowest year-on-year rise since May, amid anecdotal evidence of...

  14. October 31, 2011

    Give tax break for recruiting young, says CBI

    Companies should be given a £1,500 tax break for taking on a jobless 16 to 24-year-old in an attempt to combat rising youth...

  15. September 5, 2011

    Shiret to return to City on retail team of RBS

    Tony Shiret, one of the best known and highly regarded retail industry analysts, is poised to make his return to the City...

  16. August 11, 2011

    Business welcomes riot relief measures

    The British Retail Consortium has welcomed the government response to the riots, estimating that the cost to Britain’s store...

  17. August 9, 2011

    Business calculates the cost of rioting

    Insurers face more than £100m of claims and retailers tens of millions of pounds in costs, as businesses calculate the...

  18. Westminster Blog

    August 9, 2011

    Nihilistic looting, arson and banditry will not help economic recovery

    Riots in Bromley? It’s hard to imagine. Yet, last night, a few young people threatened to bring havoc to a borough that...

  19. FT Alphaville

    August 9, 2011

    UK housing sector falters

    The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said its monthly gauge of prices edged up, the WSJ reports. The index reached a...

  20. August 9, 2011

    Housing sector falters in July, survey says

    Britons were unwilling to buy or sell houses in July but spent a little more money on the high street, according to two...

  21. July 12, 2011

    Housing and retail point to weakness

    Two closely watched surveys of the housing and retailing sector point to parts of the economy that are stable or even...

  22. June 6, 2011

    Pressures on consumers hit retail sales

    Retail sales fell in May in a sign of the pressures facing consumers from rising prices, slow wage growth and fragile...

  23. April 26, 2011

    Shoppers eschewing high street for online

    The popularity of internet-enabled smartphones and tablet computers is helping to change the retail habits of British...

  24. April 12, 2011

    No margin for error in the supermarkets’ fight

    Breakfast favourites such as cornflakes, Rice Krispies or porridge might seem an unlikely source of deflation, but they...

  25. April 11, 2011

    Retailers suffer sharp fall in spending

    Cash-strapped households produced the most severe cut in high street spending in 16 years in March, a survey shows, while...

  26. April 7, 2011

    Minimum wage rise fails to please

    Business and unions were divided on Thursday over a planned 2.5 per cent rise in the national minimum wage for adults, with...

  27. January 11, 2011

    Christmas trading hit by snow, says BRC

    Snow prevented a last hurrah on high streets before January’s rise in value added tax, “making a difficult Christmas worse”,...

  28. January 8, 2011

    Bon voyage

    Tui Travel has been quick to ring in changes for the new year. First, it parted way with its auditor, KPMG, which had helped...

  29. January 5, 2011

    Private equity post for pub man

    It was rumoured and denied, but now it’s official: Giles Thorley, the man who built Punch Taverns into a behemoth with as...

  30. December 27, 2010

    Traders braced for slow year ahead

    The economy may be recovering but retailers are not expecting a stellar 2011, as job fears, public-sector cuts and inflation...

  31. December 27, 2010

    Retailers gloomy over prospects for 2011

    The majority of retailers expects a decline in sales in 2011, as austerity measures and soaring costs of cotton and wheat...

  32. December 7, 2010

    High street sluggish – even before chill

    Christmas shoppers were reluctant to spend on Britain’s high streets in November, according to a survey conducted just...

  33. October 20, 2010

    Carbon ‘stealth tax’ spat mars business welcome

    Business was relieved by the government’s efforts to protect the science budget and some infrastructure projects as it...

  34. October 20, 2010

    Retailers push for clarity on cuts

    Retailers called for an end to the uncertainty over where the cuts would fall and the effect it is having on consumer...

  35. October 5, 2010

    Grocery costs fail to feed inflation fears

    Everyday bread and butter: although wheat prices have increased recently, they are still a third below their peak in 2008...

  36. September 30, 2010

    Pay cheat bosses to face public shame

    Employers who fail to pay their staff the minimum wage will be named and shamed under a new scheme to be introduced by the...

  37. September 6, 2010

    Retail sales growth slows in August

    The coldest August weather for almost 30 years combined with fears about the economy discouraged shoppers from spending on...

  38. August 20, 2010

    M&B raises £373m from pub sale

    Mitchells & Butlers has agreed to sell more than 300 pubs to TDR Capital, the private equity investor, for £373m ($579m) in...

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