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Sainsbury's extends Patisserie Valerie trial to six more stores

25 Jul 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Three months after testing out Patisserie Valerie products at its cake counters, Sainsbury’s has widened the trial

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Harris+Hoole unveils Caffè Nero-style loyalty and payment app

21 Jul 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

The app takes payment from customers and adds a stamp to their digital loyalty card in one swipe

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Subway reaches 100 Northern Irish stores with Finaghy opening Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Subway opened its first store in Northern Ireland 19 years ago

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Holland & Barrett to open stores in Glasgow and Northants Subscription

20 Jul 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Both the Glasgow and Rushden stores will feature a bespoke tea bar

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UK shoppers brought on to high street by warmer weather Subscription

17 Jul 2017 | By Helen Gilbert

Overall footfall in June was 0.8% up on a year ago

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Holland & Barrett profits under pressure from supermarkets Subscription

14 Jul 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Holland & Barrett’s UK retail sales rose 4.6% in the year before its £1.8bn takeover by a Russian billionaire

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Network Rail extends coffee biofuel plan to more stations

07 Jul 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Bristol and Reading will begin converting used coffee grounds following success in six London stations

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Coffee giants vow to act on faecal bacteria in ice

28 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

A BBC investigation found ice from Costa Coffee, Starbucks and Caffè Nero contained bacteria from faeces


Community centres luring shoppers from 'out of town' stores Subscription

28 Jun 2017 | By Ian Quinn

New report finds 78% of shoppers visited a community shopping centre at least one a week

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Sub-postmasters take on Post Office over theft allegations Subscription

27 Jun 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

The case comes after many were sacked, lost their homes, and even jailed when cash shortfalls were found at some Post Offi…

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Sainsbury's opens Crussh 'fit food' concession in Pimlico

22 Jun 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

This is the first time Crussh has partnered with another retailer


Starbucks commits to employ 2,500 refugees across Europe

20 Jun 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

The announcement was part of a global hiring commitment that Starbucks made earlier this year

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Real Junk Food Project cafés face safety probe

08 Jun 2017 | By Megan Tatum

The café chain serving up surplus stock is under investigation for redistributing out-of-date food

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Greggs promotes low-cal range with 'salad dressing' couture

23 May 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Models dress in salad ingredients to celebrate launch of Greggs summer salads

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Caffè Nero gets theatrical with new cocktail-style iced drinks

17 May 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

The 11-strong Shaken range, including zero-calorie iced teas and reduced-sugar lemonades, will be served over ice…

High street

Strong Easter drives like-for-like retail sales up 5.6% in April Subscription

09 May 2017 | By Michelle Perrett

UK retail sales grow 5.6% in April boosted by Easter, but BRC warns over longer-term prospects for the sector


Aldi to anchor Bradford discount retail park Subscription

05 May 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Listed real estate investment trust LXi REIT has agreed to fund £10m for the development of a new discount retail park in Bradford to be anchored by a 20,000 sq ft Aldi store, with Home Bargains owner TJ Morris also agreeing pre-let of 16,000 sq ft unit.

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Retailers unite in call for urgent action on business rates Subscription

04 May 2017 | By Ian Quinn

Seven different trade groups have called on the government to commit to “fundamental change” to the system

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Pret A Manger notches up 12th consecutive year of growth Subscription

27 Apr 2017 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Across the period, Pret opened 50 new stores including 31 in the UK

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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


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


Are your favourite fast food haunts binning food? - video Video

13 Jun 2017

£277m is lost each year by the quick service restaurant sector

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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?


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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