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  • Retail sales up in December as food prices fall – ONS

    Retail sales up in December as food prices fall – ONS

    According to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), retail sales in December were up 0.4% on November. The ONS said growth was seen in all main store types except food stores and petrol stations. Prices in food stores fell 0.9% over the year to December. Commenting on the figures, Worldpay UK managing director Dave [...]

    📅January 23, 2015

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  • Nigel Farage: Plain packs legislation ‘ineffectual and wrong’

    Nigel Farage: Plain packs legislation ‘ineffectual and wrong’

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage has weighed into the debate over cigarette plain packaging, following public health minister Jane Ellison’s announcement that regulations enforcing plain packs are to be laid before parliament before the general election in May. Once the legislation is passed, cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco would have to be sold in standardised packs from May [...]

    📅January 22, 2015

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  • Plain cigarette packaging proposals: Industry response

    Plain cigarette packaging proposals: Industry response

    The retail and tobacco sectors have been responding to public health minister Jane Ellison's announcement that regulations enforcing cigarette plain packaging are to be laid before parliament before the general election in May. Once the legislation is passed, cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco would have to be sold in standardised packs from May 2016. Melvin Ruigrok, general manager [...]

    📅January 22, 2015

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  • Government moves to bring forward plain cigarette packaging

    Government moves to bring forward plain cigarette packaging

    Public health minister Jane Ellison has announced that regulations enforcing cigarette plain packaging are to be laid before parliament before the general election in May. Once the legislation is passed, cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco would have to be sold in standardised packs from May 2016. Public health minister Jane Ellison said: "The Secretary of State and I [...]

    📅January 22, 2015

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  • Poundland reports strong Christmas trading

    Poundland reports strong Christmas trading

    Poundland has posted a 10.2% rise in revenue to £328.4 million, for the 13 weeks to 28 December  – representing a total growth of 9.8%. The company said it opened 17 stores in the UK and Ireland during the period, adding that it remained on track to open 60 new stores in the UK and Ireland in [...]

    📅January 21, 2015

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  • Scottish food sales fall in December

    Scottish food sales fall in December

    According to latest figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC), total Scottish retail sales in December were down 1.8% on last year. Like-for-like sales fell 2.6% on last December, with total sales falling 0.2% in real terms, taking account of shop price deflation. Total food sales were 1.9% down on last year, while non-food sales fell 1.8%. SRC [...]

    📅January 21, 2015

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  • MPs call to protect farmers from falling milk prices

    MPs call to protect farmers from falling milk prices

    A group of MPs have called for more government action to protect dairy farmers from falling milk prices. The National Farmers Union (NFU) warned last week that the number of dairy farmers in England and Wales has halved in just over a decade – a rate which will see fewer than 5,000 dairy farmers left by [...]

    📅January 20, 2015

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  • Aldi secures two London stores opposite Sainsbury’s

    Aldi secures two London stores opposite Sainsbury’s

    Commercial property company CoStar has reported that German discounter Aldi has secured two new sites in South East London directly opposite Sainsbury’s stores. It says the first, a two-acre development site at Crayford Retail Park lies opposite a 130,000sq ft Sainsbury’s superstore, while the second is located at LXB’s 45,000sq ft Brocklebank Retail Park in Charlton, [...]

    📅January 19, 2015

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  • Supermarket price war could force more than 100 food suppliers to fold

    Supermarket price war could force more than 100 food suppliers to fold

    According to business recovery specialists Begbies Traynor, the supermarket price war is pushing many food suppliers and smaller high street grocers to the brink. Its Red Flag Alert research for Q4 2014 found that the food retailing industry experienced one of the sharpest increases in ‘significant’ financial distress of all sectors monitored, rising 58% to 4,552 [...]

    📅January 19, 2015

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  • Conviviality pre-tax profits jump 46.7%

    Conviviality pre-tax profits jump 46.7%

    Conviviality Retail, the parent company of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack, has announced that half-year group pre-tax profits were up 46.7% to £3.2m for the 26 weeks to 26 October 2014. The retailer also said trade was strong over the two-week festive period to 4th January, with like-for-like franchisee retail sales up by 1.2% and average [...]

    📅January 19, 2015

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