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Ring trends for 2021

After a strange a turbulent previous year; people have already set numerous expectations for the year ahead. A natural desire for a new and uplifting experience, in order to recharge batteries and start … Continue reading “Ring trends for 2021”

Footfall rockets as shops reopen

Shoppers have flocked back to high streets in England and Wales as shopsreopened after three months of full lockdown. As of Monday, non-essential shops, hairdressers, salons, pubs,restaurants, outdoor attractions and gyms reopened in … Continue reading “Footfall rockets as shops reopen”

Older shoppers returning to the supermarket

Households across the UK made 13 million more supermarket trips in March compared with the previous month, and there are signs of growing confidence among older shoppers in particular. New figures from market … Continue reading “Older shoppers returning to the supermarket”

Online shopping boosts UK retail sales

High street stores in the UK remained closed in February but retail sales returned to growth thanks to strong online sales. Total UK sales increased by 1% compared with the same month last … Continue reading “Online shopping boosts UK retail sales”

Debenhams set to close all stores

Last-ditch efforts to save Debenhams have failed. The department store chain said on Tuesday that it was starting the liquidation process after the last remaining bidder, JD Sports, withdrew from talks. The 242-year-old … Continue reading “Debenhams set to close all stores”

Small retailers ‘more resilient’ than big chains during pandemic

Independent retail and leisure businesses in Britain have shown greater resilience in the Covid-19 pandemic than chain stores, according to new data. Retail data consultancy the Local Data Company found that small independent … Continue reading “Small retailers ‘more resilient’ than big chains during pandemic”

Lockdowns wipe out £2bn of sales at Primark

Covid-19 lockdowns have cost Primark £2bn in lost sales, according to its parent company, Associated British Foods. The discount fashion retailer does not sell products online, which meant that it was unable to … Continue reading “Lockdowns wipe out £2bn of sales at Primark”

Aldi trials online ordering to compete with rivals

Aldi is trialling a new click and collect service as it adapts to the UK’s change in grocery shopping habits since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. UK online grocery sales grew by … Continue reading “Aldi trials online ordering to compete with rivals”

Scrapping tax-free shopping will harm UK economy, businesses warn

Travel and retail businesses have urged the UK Government to reverse the “short-sighted” decision to end VAT-free shopping for international visitors. The VAT Retail Export Scheme allows non-EU visitors to reclaim the VAT … Continue reading “Scrapping tax-free shopping will harm UK economy, businesses warn”

Retailer Iceland calls for businesses to reveal their plastic consumption

Frozen food retailer Iceland has published its “plastic footprint” and urged other UK retailers and businesses to do the same. The company has calulated that the total plastic packaging footprint for its UK … Continue reading “Retailer Iceland calls for businesses to reveal their plastic consumption”

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