Retail sales in the UK at Alliance Boots edged up by just 0.7% in the six months to 30 September. The chemist said it had been hit by the weaker economy and reduced shopper numbers on the high street, especially outside London and the southeast.
Business rates will soar by their highest rate in 20 years thanks to September’s shock inflation figures. The government’s Retail Price Index hit 5.6% in September, meaning business rates – which are linked to the inflation calculation – will see an unprecedented rise next April.
Supermarket giant Tesco has proved an unlikely hit with the Facebook generation, after more than 260,000 people joined its social network in the past three months. ChannelAdvisor revealed Tesco had one of the fastest-growing retail...
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