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',, 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