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.
High street sales showed signs of improvement last month, up 0.6% on a like-for-like basis over July 2010. Food sales picked up after a sluggish June, according to data from the British Retail Consortium. And sales of food and drink were up 0.9% on a like-for-like basis between May and ...
Mary Portas will invite a host of the country’s top retailers to a working lunch next month.
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