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City snapshot: Cautious consumers to sap 'sparkle' from Christmas trading - BRC warns Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Black Friday deals helped improve shopper footfall in November but depleted consumer confidence could prove a drag on Christmas trading, the British Retail Consortium warned. Plus, sausage casings manufacturer Devro CEO Peter Page is to step down after 10 years with the group to be replaced by finance director Rutger Helbing.

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Operating profits at 2 Sisters fell 58% to £8.4m in the 13 weeks to 28 October…

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“I think the economic model needs to change,” he told an audience at the Rothamsted Research Centre in Harpenden

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The Grocer has launched a major campaign on food waste. Here’s how it’s been received so far

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