Sir, The latest BRC figures show that in comparison with other retail sectors, the food industry has fared quite well over the past month ('Riots impact limited as weather dampens sales', thegrocer.co.uk, 6 September). Other parts of the high street have not been as lucky. Retailers are facing tough market conditions and, with insolvencies springing up around them on a now almost weekly basis, should be aware of the challenges. Bank loan strategies, the upcoming quarterly rental payment, poor trading levels and pre-Christmas bulk buying mean the situation has never been more difficult.

Food and drink retailers are by no means immune to this, but forward planning, keeping a watchful eye on cashflow and having an open and constructive relationship with key stakeholders such as the bank, landlord and HMRC should make it less of a cause for concern.

Nick Moser, Taylor Wessing LLP