Illicit tobacco haul from Durham County Council

Suffolk retailers prosecuted for illicit tobacco crimes


A number of retailers in Suffolk have been prosecuted for illicit tobacco sales this week, following a string of multi-agency raids across the county.

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Iceland reveals “extremely positive” RVM trial results


Iceland has recycled more than one million plastic bottles since the start of its Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) trials in five stores last May.

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Scottish retailers gear up for local produce showcase


Scottish stores are gearing up for the 10th annual Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight, set to run from 31 August to 15 September.


Store worker locked in room during south Wales store robbery


Police are appealing for information in relation to a knife-point robbery at convenience store in south Wales.

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AF Blakemore seeks growth with new distribution depot


AF Blakemore & Sons is to open a new purpose-built warehouse in Bedford as it seeks to expand its retail, wholesale and foodservice divisions.

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England’s youth smoking rate continues to fall


The number of English secondary school pupils who have ever smoked has dropped to its lowest ever level, the latest Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People 2018 report has revealed.

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Lottery retailers stand to benefit from bank holiday boost


National Lottery retailers can expect increased footfall, extra commission and increased sales over the August bank holiday weekend thanks to the Lotto Double Prize draw and a free cinema pass with every Lotto ticket purchased, according to Camelot.

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Sewell On The Go completes purchase of all previously rented sites


East Yorkshire forecourt retailer Sewell On The Go has invested £10 million in buying outright six sites it was previously renting from Rix Petroleum.

Operators need to be prepared for the impact of a terrorist attack

Store owners unimpressed by PM’s pledge to recruit extra police officers


Convenience store owners are sceptical that Boris Johnson’s plans to recruit 20,000 more police officers will have much of an impact on the retail sector.

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Man jailed following gun-wielding armed robbery in Kent


A man has been jailed for three years after threatening a store worker with a gun during an attempted armed robbery at a convenience store in Kent.


Supermarket sales growth of +1% in August, Nielsen reveals


Grocery sales increased by +1% in August, despite a disappointing spring and early summer performance in which sales declined, falling to -0.5% in July, according to Nielsen data.



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