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  • Rates reform to top poll agenda

    Rates reform to top poll agenda

    Reform of the outdated business rates system is likely to top the agenda for the independent retail sector as the next general election approaches, reports today's Independent Retail News. Nearly seven out of 10 c-store retailers (69%) want to see fundamental reform of the system, while 72% back better use of rate relief to support small [...]

    📅October 31, 2014

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  • Anger over rise in illegal tobacco

    Anger over rise in illegal tobacco

    Illicit sales of roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco are approaching half the market, fuelling calls for the government to abandon the duty escalator that increases excise duty every year by 2% above inflation. Tobacco company JTI said the duty escalator provided “further incentives for criminals to prosper” as the UK has the highest tobacco prices within the EU. In [...]

    📅October 31, 2014

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  • Energy drinks come under more scrutiny

    Energy drinks come under more scrutiny

    Independent stores will come under increasing pressure to prevent sales of energy drinks to children, trade representatives believe. “It’s an issue that’s increasingly coming up for us,” said Edward Woodall, head of policy and public affairs at the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS). Speaking at the ACS Responsible Retailing Forum in London earlier this month (October), Woodall [...]

    📅October 31, 2014

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  • Hovis chief to step down

    Hovis chief to step down

    Hovis chief executive Bob Spooner has announced that he will be leaving the company in January to pursue an opportunity overseas. The company said executive chairman Nish Kankiwala will work with the Hovis board to identify and appoint a new chief executive whilst continuing to support the executive team and business. Spooner joined Premier Foods in 2007 [...]

    📅October 30, 2014

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  • Worldpay data reveals pre-Christmas shopping trends

    Worldpay data reveals pre-Christmas shopping trends

    According to transactional data from Worldpay, the number of card transactions processed by UK retailers in the last week of October rose by 7% last year compared to previous weeks. The payment processing company said this marked the start of an upward spike which reached its peak in the week before Christmas, when transaction volumes on [...]

    📅October 30, 2014

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  • Landmark Wholesale reports strong September sales

    Landmark Wholesale reports strong September sales

    Landmark Wholesale said it saw overall sales out from depots in September rise 13% on last year. The company said that from May to September, overall sales rose 11% compared to the same trading period last year. It reported a 17% rise in cigarette sales in September, while licensed sales increased by 7.2%. Landmark Wholesale managing director Martin [...]

    📅October 30, 2014

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