Hotel chocolat

City snapshot: Sweet Christmas for Hotel Chocolat as shoppers spend more on gifts Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Hotel Chocolat sales leapt 16.2% in the 13 weeks to 25 December as customers spent more money on higher priced gifts for Christmas. Plus, British American Tobacco agrees $49.4bn to buy remaining 58% stake in Reynolds;

High street

April 'will serve rates hammer blow to small shops' Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Ian Quinn

The average small shop will see rates bills increase by £3,663 over five years, CVS research indicates

High street

City snapshot: High street sees first Christmas footfall rise in five years Subscription

16 Jan 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Continuing the surprisingly strong festive retail results of last week, the BRC – Springboard footfall numbers for December have found the first festive rise in high street footfall for five years. Plus a look at the week ahead and all the latest news from the City.

steve rowe

Marks & Spencer Christmas results: what the analysts say Subscription

12 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

M&S reported better-than-expected results over Christmas, with group sales up 5.9% in the 13 weeks to 31 December. But what did the analysts and retail watchers maker of it?

majestic wines

Majestic Wine celebrates best ever Christmas Subscription

10 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Majestic Wine has reported a bumper Christmas for its retail stores, with like-for-like sales jumping 7.5% – its best ever festive performance.

B&M Bargains

B&M shares sparkle on bumper Christmas Subscription

04 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Shares in B&M European Value Retail have soared 8.5% after the discount chain recorded its best ever Christmas

high street

Food retailers record fastest growth since January ahead of 2017 slow down Subscription

20 Dec 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Grocers have reported the fastest rise in volumes since January in the year to December, according to the business group CBI.

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M&S plans to ramp up Lunch to You van sales operation

16 Dec 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

M&S is planning a rapid expansion of its little known Lunch to You van sales operation

High street Birmingham

Blackburn wins £10,000 in 'best town centre' competition

13 Dec 2016 | By Ian Quinn

More than 500,000 votes were cast in the third Great British High Street Awards

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City snapshot: Black Friday fails to halt retail footfall decline Subscription

12 Dec 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

Retail footfall fell 1% during November despite the Black Friday sales event, with high street footfall dropping for its third consecutive month

High Street

Industry groups hit out over curbs on business rates appeals Subscription

21 Nov 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

A collection of retail and leisure business groups have called on the UK government to rethink proposals that limit firms appealing that their categorisation of business rates is too high.

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M&S to cut its cloth, with food to make up half its offer Subscription

11 Nov 2016 | By Carolyn Robertson

What do experts and suppliers think of M&S CEO Steve Rowe’s bold turnaround plan?

majestic wines

Majestic Wine launches next day delivery Subscription

31 Oct 2016 | By Lisa Riley

The service will be executed through a new National Fulfilment Centre

Wasabi London outlet

Wasabi wraps up £25m funding for store roll out Subscription

31 Oct 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Wasabi is to roll out a further 20 of its sushi chains after securing a £25m bank funding package.

High street

City snapshot: UK high street sees largest shop decline since 2012 Subscription

25 Oct 2016 | By Alec Mattinson

A rate of 15 stores a day closed on Great Britain’s high streets in the first six months of the year, according to PwC/the Local Data Company. Plus all the rest of the latest news from the City

High street Birmingham

Derby, Norwich and Bristol among 'best high street' finalists

18 Oct 2016 | By Ian Quinn

This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries across 14 categories, including new categories for individuals and shops

High street

Retailers in London face massive business rates increases Subscription

29 Sep 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Outside the capital most retailers are expected to see reductions when the new rates kick in next April

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British Council of Shopping Centres changes name to Revo

15 Sep 2016 | By Ian Quinn

The new name for the BCSC combines the terms retail and evolution

marks and spencer

Marks & Spencer to cut 525 HQ staff Subscription

05 Sep 2016 | By Edward Devlin

The proposals to make significant changes to its UK HQ structure follows a detailed review of the organisation

high street twitter

High streets minister wants to track down Best Shop on Twitter

22 Aug 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Winner of social media competition will scoop £1,000 in advertising credit and trip to Twitter office

high street shops

High street footfall creeps up despite predictions of doom Subscription

15 Aug 2016 | By Ian Quinn

BRC figures also show the national town centre vacancy rate rose to 10.1%

itsu udon noodle pot

Itsu serves up sales rise as demand for healthy food continues Subscription

11 Aug 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Itsu has recorded a healthy 22% rise in revenues to £82.6m thanks to a 2.3% increase in like-for-like sales and another 10 store openings launches to tackle high street's decline Subscription

11 Aug 2016 | By Emma Weinbren

The organisation has been founded by e-commerce experts Interactive Media Retail Group, Tech City and PocketHighStreet

High street

Business in the Community adds 33 towns to Healthy High Streets Subscription

03 Aug 2016 | By Ian Quinn

Wilko has become the latest major retailer to join the scheme, which has seen retailers pledge £10m in support

high street

Consumer confidence plunges at fastest rate since 1990 after Brexit Subscription

29 Jul 2016 | By Edward Devlin

Brexit has led to a dramatic 11-point drop in July from -1 to -12 in the latest monthly consumer confidence index by market research firm GfK.

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Can digital save the high street? Subscription

08 Dec 2016 | By Helen Gilbert

Instead of killing off the high street, digital marketing is now being proclaimed as its saviour


What's behind the return of the independent butcher? Subscription

22 Jul 2016 | By James Halliwell

In 2016, after years of decline, the number of independent butchers went up for the first time on record

Call of Duty

HMV and Tesco could soon get the entertainment rug pulled from under their feet Subscription

10 May 2016 | By Gavin Cleaver

Physical media’s performance is almost entirely underpinned by music and video games

bhs foodstore

As BHS is saved, doesn't it just show rents are too high? Subscription

01 Apr 2016 | By James Halliwell

Blaming landlords isn’t fair. In fact, despite the growth of online shopping the high street is increasingly healthy

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Post Office changes are a mistake Subscription

31 Mar 2016 | By Steve Parfett

Busy, viable and truly local businesses are having a gun held to their head

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How will Black Friday evolve? Subscription

04 Feb 2016 | By Clive Black

Black Friday poses opportunities for grocers in that it is an event that can provide a basis to sell complementary product

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