Grocery sales through UK supermarkets and discounters continued to slow to +0.2% in the last four weeks, as shoppers delayed spend ahead of the seasonal Black Friday shopping period, according to latest Nielsen data.
McColl’s Retail Group has announced a 1.9% decline in total annual sales following “another challenging year” for the business, but like-for-like sales remained level (0.0%).
The Welsh government is to push ahead with plans to remove Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) from ATMs in April.
Convenience retailers keen to join the “refill revolution” are being offered a new route in, with the help of new social enterprise LocoSoco which offers a wide range of refillable household products at value price points.
Blakemore Retail has registered 68 of its company-owned Spar stores on the Refill app, which enables people to search for places where they can fill up water bottles for free and avoid the need to buy a plastic bottle.
More than three-quarters (77%) of UK grocery shoppers have switched, avoided or boycotted certain products - or would consider doing so in the future - because of the brands’ environmental policies, according to new research by global analyst firm Kantar.
Nisa has introduced a Co-op-branded £3.50 lunchtime meal deal for its retailer members.
Convenience stores’ investment levels have fallen by nearly a quarter over the past 12 months, according to new Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) research.
A vote by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to hand control of business rate powers to local authorities has been criticised by retail groups, who have warned of the impact on c-stores.
A retailer convicted for the second time in two years of selling illicit tobacco from his store has avoided jail on health grounds and because magistrates thought there was a “realistic chance of rehabilitation”.
The vital role that convenience stores play in local communities across Wales has been highlighted in the 2020 Welsh Local Shop Report.