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Pret A Manger and Paul introduce reusable coffee cup discounts

11 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

A survey by Ask the Q revealed that coffee chains are falling short on reusable takeaway cups

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Food sales increase in March thanks to inflation but hopes rest on Easter Subscription

11 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Food retailers managed to record growth in March but the rise was mainly driven by inflation as the sector pins its hopes on a bumper Easter.

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New Caffè Nero app could spell end of paper loyalty cards

07 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Caffè Nero is launching an app that will ultimately make its 20-year-old paper stamp loyalty cards redundant

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Walgreens Boots revenues slump despite 'solid' Christmas for UK stores Subscription

05 Apr 2017 | By Edward Devlin

A Christmas sales boost at Boots in the UK was not enough to stop a decline in group revenues at parent Walgreens Boots Alliance during the second quarter.

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Pret A Manger offers teens pay after pay-in-sandwiches furore

28 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

“Pret’s Work Experience Week is not about making sandwiches for free,” said Pret CEO Clive Schlee

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99p Stores falls into administration Subscription

27 Mar 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Poundland has placed 99p Stores into administration a little more than two years after the fixed-priced retail chain snapped up 250 stores from its rival

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Swoope app allows restaurant coffee chain pre-ordering

22 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Swoope, currently live in Birmingham, is working with independent bars and food-to-go retailers like Costa Coffee

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City snapshot: Five shops a day close in 2016 but trends improve post-Brexit Subscription

20 Mar 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

The equivalent of five shops a day closed on Britain’s high streets last year with a net loss of 1,650 shop during 2016, according to LDC

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Costa boosts coffee roasting capacity with £38m Basildon site – video Video

13 Mar 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The 85,690 sq ft state-of-the-art site, named Paradise Street, will increase productivity by 25%

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Chancellor’s £435m business rates relief package just ‘a drop in the ocean’ Subscription

08 Mar 2017 | By Julia Glotz

Short-term relief measures are not enough and proper reform is needed, leading retail voices have said

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Government discusses £150m business rates rescue package Subscription

03 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Communities secretary Sajid Javid held talks on Wednesday with business rates experts CVS aimed at diffusing a crisis

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Greggs rules out 'shrinkflation' as ingredient costs spiral Subscription

28 Feb 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Greggs CEO Roger Whiteside has promised its staple sausage rolls won’t be affected by ‘shrinkflation’ as the chain seeks to combat the growing threat of rising ingredient prices.

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Chancellor under pressure over business rates reform Subscription

23 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Communities secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons that more needs to be done on rates

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Business rate appeal change proposals slammed by retailers Subscription

17 Feb 2017 | By Ian Quinn

13 different trade groups, including the BRC, the ACS and the BPF, have condemned the proposals

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Holland & Barrett fined £500k for Knightsbridge infestation Subscription

08 Feb 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Holland & Barrett pleaded guilty to three offences including failure to protect food from contamination

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Greggs hails strong Christmas buoyed by festive bakes and burritos Subscription

17 Jan 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Overall, sales at Greggs increased by 7% in 2016

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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

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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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Coffee cup waste needs bring your own revolution

20 Apr 2017

Sir, If customers were to bring their own cups, then there would be no need to recycle

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Grocery's strangest lawsuits: hacking, grapes and lethal bags Subscription

06 Apr 2017 | By James Halliwell

From sinful sausages to dangerous grapes, the world of grocery is no stranger to a strange lawsuit…

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Tricks of the coffee trade

16 Mar 2017 | By Jeremy Garlick

The turnover of branded coffee chains in the UK has grown by over 500% in the last 15 years. How have they done it?

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How the government can address business rate unfairness Subscription

03 Mar 2017 | By Adam Leyland

If forecourts, ATMs and other business properties have their own business rates, why not one for online retailers?

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Is the BRC to blame for business rates revaluation fiasco? Subscription

03 Mar 2017 | By Ian Quinn

With small shops facing eye-watering rates increases, how has this happened, and should the BRC have done more to stop them?

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The future of retail is closer than you think

23 Jan 2017 | By Jamie Murray Wells

The status quo is no longer an option for retailers, argues Google’s Jamie Murray 

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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

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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

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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



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