Retail sales volumes increased by 3.7% in February compared to the previous year, although quarterly sales fell at their fastest rate in seven years, according to official figures.
Inflation measured by the Office for National Statistics’ Consumer Prices Index surged from 1.8% in January to 2.3% last month – above the Bank of England’s 2% target.
JTI and Imperial have confirmed they are in talks with Palmer & Harvey (P&H) following reports that the tobacco giants are considering buying a stake in the wholesaler.
The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the Scottish Grocers Federation (SGF) have written to the Scottish government, representing convenience retailers across the UK, to highlight concerns over plans to introduce a bottle return scheme.
Spar retailer Eat 17 could be on the verge of doubling its estate if it does not encounter hitches in the planning process.
The Association of Convenience Stores’ pleas for more time before convenience retailers are forced to comply with the government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme have landed on receptive ears.
Motor Fuel Group (MFG) has snapped up the latest High Noon Stores site while the administrator of the collapsed c-store business also expects to conclude the sale of the final two outlets “within the next week or so”, C-Store has learned.
Mullan’s Spar in Armagh, Northern Ireland, has won the top accolade at the 2017 Convenience Retail Awards, the prestigious national awards run by Convenience Store and The Grocer.
Crimestoppers has renewed its seven-year partnership with the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) in a bid to confront the estimated £232m annual cost of offences to the sector.
The government is seeking further information from the convenience sector about difficulties they encounter when switching banks to securing finance.
Republic of Ireland petrol forecourt retailer Applegreen is continuing to grow its presence in the UK.
Sainsbury’s convenience business delivered total sales growth of nearly 7% in the fourth quarter, when the group opened 10 Sainsbury’s Locals, the retail giant has reported.
Convenience stores in a number of pilot towns are being encouraged to sign up to a government scheme to promote their high streets online.
The National Convenience Show (NCS) has attracted more big-name signings to its line-up, just six weeks before opening for business at Birmingham NEC.
The fifth store trading under Blakemore Wholesale’s Bmorelocal fascia has opened in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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