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  • Bright future ahead for free-from

    Bright future ahead for free-from

    One in three Brits has bought or eaten free-from foods in the last six months, according to a new report by market research company Mintel. The category is said to have taken hold of the UK market, with 12% of new food products launched in 2015 carrying a gluten-free claim, up from 7% in 2011. Sales are [...]

    📅February 12, 2016

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  • Fresh look for Budgens store in Surrey

    Fresh look for Budgens store in Surrey

    Kavanagh Retailing has re-launched its Budgens store in Hinchley Wood, Surrey, complete with a brand new look. The 3,000sq ft store now has a post office on-site and an increased fresh range, including coffee, breakfast and lunch-to-go options, as well as expanded local and ‘artisan’ ranges. To mark the re-launch earlier this month, Kavanagh’s Budgens circulated more [...]

    📅February 12, 2016

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  • Usdaw concern over shopworkers encountering violence at work

    Usdaw concern over shopworkers encountering violence at work

    Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw has said the government must give stiffer penalties to those who assault shopworkers, following a Trades Union Congress (TUC) survey which found one in ten retail workers experience violence at work. The YouGov poll commissioned by the TUC showed that 9% of retail workers and 12% overall had experienced work-related violence. Usdaw general [...]

    📅February 12, 2016

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  • Retailers should focus on last-minute trade this Valentine’s Day, research finds

    Retailers should focus on last-minute trade this Valentine’s Day, research finds

    According to new research from marketing technology firm RadiumOne, interest in Valentine's Day has declined, with the number of UK adults planning to buy gifts or cards dropping to 45% from 50% last year. It said purchasing was becoming more last-minute, with seven in ten (71%) adults not planning Valentine’s Day until February (up from 64% [...]

    📅February 11, 2016

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  • Sainsbury’s to scrap multi-buy deals

    Sainsbury’s to scrap multi-buy deals

    Sainsbury’s has announced that it is phasing out multi-buy promotions in favour of lower regular prices. The news follows research published today by the government-backed Money Advice Service (MAS), which found that three quarters of shoppers overspend by more than £1200 a year at supermarkets because of confusing offers and deals. The supermarket chain said multi-buy promotions [...]

    📅February 11, 2016

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  • P&G revamps ShelfHelp category management site

    P&G revamps ShelfHelp category management site

    Procter & Gamble (P&G) is re-launching ShelfHelp, its category management website, with mobile-optimised technology and new content. The company said retailers can benefit from practical advice including planograms, top tips and online shopping lists that have been proven to help grow sales across the laundry, health & beauty, homecare and baby categories. John Drake, head of convenience, [...]

    📅February 11, 2016

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  • Sunday trading: 58% think smaller stores could lose out, survey finds

    Sunday trading: 58% think smaller stores could lose out, survey finds

    Following the government's announcement that it will be pressing ahead with plans to allow councils to extend trading hours on Sundays, YouGov research has shown that the general public broadly support the change but are wary about the impact on smaller stores and shop workers. The data revealed that just less than half (48%) believe the [...]

    📅February 11, 2016

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  • Confusing supermarket offers costing consumers £1200 a year

    Confusing supermarket offers costing consumers £1200 a year

    According to research by the government-backed Money Advice Service (MAS), three quarters of shoppers overspend by more than £1200 a year at supermarkets because of confusing offers and deals. MAS asked 2,000 shoppers to identify the best value from four sets of offers as part of its research, with only 2% correctly choosing the right option [...]

    📅February 11, 2016

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  • HKS Holdings appoints non-executive chairman

    HKS Holdings appoints non-executive chairman

    Independent retail and petrol station owner and operator, HKS Holdings, has announced the appointment of Graham Sims as non-executive chairman. Formerly head of retail at BP, HKS said Sims will lead a new accelerated investment, growth and development strategy for the firm. During his time at BP he integrated a number of household brand partners into BP [...]

    📅February 10, 2016

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  • Shop vacancy rate hits lowest level in six years

    Shop vacancy rate hits lowest level in six years

    According to latest figures from the Local Data Company (LDC), the shop vacancy rate in January fell to 12.5%, its lowest level since December 2009 when it was 12.4%. The LDC said the number of vacant shops in January fell by 171 and the number of shops increased by 81. Commenting on the figures, LDC director Matthew [...]

    📅February 10, 2016

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