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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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