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Stores enjoy winning World Cup and warm weather sales

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Scottish Bill to protect shopworkers gains MSP support

25 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

The Scottish Labour Party’s proposed Bill to protect shopworkers, including the creation of new offences for shop theft and assault of a retail worker, has achieved the required support from MSPs to be introduced in front of the Scottish Parliament. 

Fizzy Drinks

CO₂ shortages causing suppliers to 'cancel promotional activity'

22 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

C-Store understands that some suppliers are cancelling their promotional activity with retailers in response to the recent CO2 shortage in northern Europe, which is impacting supply in the UK.

Illicit Tobacco Raid

15,000 cigarettes seized in illegal tobacco raids

22 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Nearly 15,000 cigarettes and more than nine kilograms of hand-rolling tobacco have been seized by Warwickshire Police and Border Force, following raids on stores carried out by Warwickshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service.

Sniffer dog illicit tobacco

Illicit tobacco campaign generates hundreds of tip offs

21 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Hundreds of people have come forward with illicit tobacco tip offs since the launch of a new local authority-funded campaign in the North East of England.

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Scotland mulls limiting number of tobacco retailers

21 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Plans to restrict the number of stores selling tobacco in “deprived communities” and areas with high smoking rates are being mooted by the Scottish government.

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Welsh retailers react to Minimum Unit Pricing approval

21 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Welsh retailers have reacted to the announcement that a minimum unit price on alcohol will be introduced in Wales, after legislation was approved by the Welsh Assembly earlier this week.

McColl’s, Market Street, Kirkby Stephen.

Police appeal for witnesses following c-store ram-raid

20 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Officers are investigating a robbery which took place at a McColl’s store in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, in which thieves ram-raided the premises to try and steal the store’s ATM.

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Northern Irish retailers voice Brexit fears over illicit tobacco

19 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Tackling the growing scourge of cross-border tobacco smuggling must remain a priority during the ongoing Brexit negotiations, retailers claim.


Londis announces 19% sales growth amid strong recruitment

19 Jun 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Londis has announced a 19% increase in overall sales growth after recruiting nearly 300 stores in the last financial year.

Plastic waste

Businesses offered funding to tackle plastic waste

19 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Businesses are being invited to apply for a share of £4m to fund plastic waste reduction projects.

Blakemore depot

Bestway agrees to buy two Blakemore depots

18 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Bestway Wholesale has exchanged contracts with A.F. Blakemore with a view to purchasing two of the company’s cash and carry depots.

Booker Tesco

Booker products introduced into more than 50 Tesco stores

15 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Tesco has announced that 30 top-selling Booker lines have been introduced into more than 50 Tesco stores, following a positive initial response to the group’s Chef Central trial.

Blakemore Middlesbrough

Parfetts acquires Blakemore's Middlesbrough depot

15 Jun 2018 | By Robin Mannering

Parfetts Cash & Carry has bought Blakemore Wholesale’s Middlesbrough depot for an undisclosed sum.


Warm weather and Royal Wedding boost May retail sales

14 Jun 2018 | By Gaelle Walker

Warm weather and Royal Wedding celebrations united to create a sunny spell of sales for retailers in May, new data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) suggests.

Pass My Parcel

Connect Group to close Pass My Parcel service

14 Jun 2018 | By Ieuan Hughes

Connect Group, the parent company of Smiths News, has announced it plans to close its Pass My Parcel service, which is used by an associated network of 3,000 retailers.


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