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  • Scottish sales fall in September

    Scottish sales fall in September

    According to latest figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), total Scottish retail sales in September were down 2.9% on last year. Like-for-like sales fell 4.2% on last September, with total sales falling 1% in real terms, taking account of shop price deflation. Total food sales were 2.4% down on last year. Over the last three months, [...]

    📅October 22, 2014

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  • Waitrose opens Baker Street store

    Waitrose opens Baker Street store

    Waitrose has announced the opening of a Little Waitrose on Baker Street, the retailer's ninth store in Westminster. Unveiled by City of Westminster Councillor, Karen Scarborough, the Portman Square store features a selection of Waitrose products and services, including bakery, fresh fruit and vegetables, take-away sandwiches and snacks. Councillor Karen Scarborough said: “Little Waitrose Portman Square is [...]

    📅October 22, 2014

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  • Asda gains market share as supermarket price war continues

    Asda gains market share as supermarket price war continues

    According to latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, like-for-like prices have declined by 0.2% for the 12 weeks to 12 October 2014, pushing the grocery market into deflation. Asda saw its market share rise to 17.3% as sales grew ahead of the market, rising 1% over the year. The data showed Aldi’s growth slowed slightly [...]

    📅October 21, 2014

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  • MasterCard partners with Zwipe to launch first biometric contactless card

    MasterCard partners with Zwipe to launch first biometric contactless card

    MasterCard and Zwipe have partnered to launch of the world’s first contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. Cardholder fingerprint data is stored directly on the card, with biometric authentication replacing the PIN entry of a standard contactless card. Payments are verified by a fingerprint scan, enabling payments of any amount, unlike other contactless payment [...]

    📅October 21, 2014

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  • Tesco and Keep Scotland Beautiful launch community grant scheme

    Tesco and Keep Scotland Beautiful launch community grant scheme

    Tesco and environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful have launched a community grant scheme which will see communities across Scotland benefit from the proceeds of the carrier bag levy which came into force in Scotland yesterday. Tesco’s partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful came after over 27,000 customers took part in a vote to choose which charity should [...]

    📅October 21, 2014

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  • ACS calls for action to reduce ‘business rates burden’

    ACS calls for action to reduce ‘business rates burden’

    Convenience store retailers have gathered in Westminster to press for government action on business rates. At its annual political conference, the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called for the following measures to make the business rates system fairer: legislating to introduce a permanent 2% cap on annual increases in business rates and freeze rates for small [...]

    📅October 21, 2014

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