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  • Convenience sector shop theft falls – ACS Crime Report 2015

    Convenience sector shop theft falls – ACS Crime Report 2015

    According to latest figures from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) Crime Report, the percentage of retailers who have been victims of shop theft has fallen from 91% in 2012 to 74% in 2014. The cost of shop theft to the convenience sector also fell over the last year from £44m to £35m a year. Other key [...]

    📅March 5, 2015

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  • Blakemore Wholesale appoints new managing director

    Blakemore Wholesale appoints new managing director

    Spar wholesaler AF Blakemore has announced the appointment of Craig O’Connor as managing director, with a focus on the company’s cash and carry operation. O’Connor took up the role on 2nd March and will report to Sam Wilcox, who continues in his role as overall managing director for the company’s wholesale divisions. Appointed managing director of DB [...]

    📅March 5, 2015

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  • Tobacco display ban – one month to go

    Tobacco display ban – one month to go

    With one month to go until the tobacco display ban comes into force for small businesses on 6 April, the Department of Health says there are a number of easy and low cost ways for retailers to make their displays compliant. Some may get support from the tobacco industry, but if in doubt it suggests retailers [...]

    📅March 5, 2015

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  • One Stop opens 200th Post Office

    One Stop opens 200th Post Office

    Tesco-owned convenience store chain One Stop Stores has announced the opening of its 200th Post Office following the launch of its latest franchise store in the north east. The store in Witherwack, Sunderland also moved from a fortress Post Office to the new Local format, offering longer opening hours. One Stop franchise director Andrew King said: “We’re [...]

    📅March 4, 2015

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  • Food prices fall in February – BRC

    Food prices fall in February – BRC

    According to latest figures from the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index for February, overall shop prices reported deflation for the 22nd consecutive month, accelerating to 1.7%. Food also reported deflation of 0.4% in February, from a 0.5% fall in January. British Retail Consortium director general Helen Dickinson said: "Food prices fell for the second month in a row, [...]

    📅March 4, 2015

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  • Sainsbury’s announces click and collect service

    Sainsbury’s announces click and collect service

    Sainsbury’s has announced that it is rolling out a click and collect service, with 20 stores set to incorporate the service over the next two weeks. The retailer said the new service will let customers pick up the shopping they’ve ordered online from store for free, subject to a minimum £20 spend. Goods can be collected [...]

    📅March 4, 2015

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  • Call for greater effort to tackle retail crime

    Call for greater effort to tackle retail crime

    The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has called on police and the government to redouble efforts to tackle retail crime in the wake of a new survey revealing two in three newsagents are victims of shop theft. The survey of 400 independent retailers, carried out jointly by the NFRN and The Policy Exchange found that [...]

    📅March 3, 2015

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  • Cost of weekly shop rises 0.55% in February – Groceries Tracker

    Cost of weekly shop rises 0.55% in February – Groceries Tracker

    According to latest data from independent shopping and comparison website mySupermarket.co.uk, a shopping basket in February cost £88.59, increasing 0.55% on the previous month, but still 6.4% cheaper than a year ago. Other key findings from February’s figures include: staple items that increased the most in February were carrots (4.55%), fresh peppers (4.57%) and broccoli (16.53%). products that [...]

    📅March 3, 2015

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  • McColl’s posts pre-tax profits rise

    McColl’s posts pre-tax profits rise

    Convenience store and newsagent operator McColl’s has posted a pre-tax profit of £12.6m for the 53 week period to 30 November 2014, up from £4.4m the previous year. Total revenue increased 6.1% to £922.4m, while like-for-like sales were up 0.7%. The retail chain opened its 800th store in December 2014 and said its expansion strategy was on [...]

    📅March 3, 2015

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  • Government’s ‘town centre first’ planning framework ‘not working’ – ACS

    Government’s ‘town centre first’ planning framework ‘not working’ – ACS

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has criticised the government's response to Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry recommendations into the operation of National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and ‘town centre first’ planning policy. It said the Department for Communities and Local Government has disregarded many of the recommendations of the inquiry, despite the committee [...]

    📅March 2, 2015

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