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Number of plastic bags issued by retailers plummets

The seven main retailers issued 83% fewer bags in the year to April compared to 2014 

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Energy costs threat to stores highlighted

20 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Energy costs are one of the biggest risks to convenience stores’ future success, a new survey discloses.


Making Tax Digital programme delayed until "at least 2020"

19 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has acceded to the convenience store sector’s demands to further delay its Making Tax Digital (MTD) programme.

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Credit and debit card surcharges to be banned

19 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience retailers that pay their income tax and vehicle tax bills by credit and debit card will no longer have to pay “rip-off” surcharges from next year.


Co-op Group rolls out local sourcing programme across UK

19 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-operative Group has revealed a major rollout of its local sourcing programme following the success of a pilot scheme in Yorkshire.

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Premier drives footfall with deals on bread, milk and sugar

19 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Booker has given its Premier symbol group retailers the opportunity to drive footfall with competitive deals on bread, milk and sugar.

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Government tobacco strategy commits to high tax rates

18 Jul 2017 | By David Rees

The government has unveiled its latest Tobacco Strategy document, which promises to maintain high levels of taxation on tobacco products and a review of penalties available against retailers who sell to the underaged.

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UK inflation unexpectedly falls in June

18 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The UK’s inflation rate fell to 2.6% in June from 2.9% in May, according to official statistics.

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Parfetts announces double digit like-for-like sales growth

18 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

North of England wholesaler Parfetts staff have earned a 3% bonus each after the wholesaler pumped up performance in its fourth quarter.

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Supermarkets in global decline as online and discounters grow

17 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The global market share of supermarkets and hypermarkets is shrinking, with the decline especially pronounced in the UK, as the ‘new order’ of discounters and e-commerce takes hold, according to Kantar Worldpanel research.

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Conviviality Retail posts -1% drop in like-for-like annual sales

17 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Conviviality Retail has announced a -1.0% decline in like-for-like sales in its franchisee stores for the year to 30 April 2017, with total sales increasing 6.1%.


High street footfall rises by 0.9% in June

17 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

High street footfall increased by 0.9% in June on the previous year as retailers benefited from the arrival of summer, according to the latest BRC-Springboard footfall monitor.

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Nearly half of retailers failing tobacco ID checks

14 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

A huge swathe of retailers across the UK could be habitually breaking the law by failing to ask for ID from teenagers who try to buy tobacco related products in their shops, a tobacco industry report reveals.

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Lincs Co-op closes two food distribution centres

14 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Lincolnshire Co-op will use the Co-op Group’s supply chain for ambient as well as fresh and frozen following the closure of its two food distribution centres in Lincoln.

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Blakemore Retail opens innovative new Spar store

13 Jul 2017 | By Andrew Don

Blakemore Retail has opened a new Spar convenience store in Aldridge, Walsall – its first to feature digital menu boards and one of the first to feature a Daily Deli fresh cream counter.

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Tesco and Booker merger faces in-depth investigation

12 Jul 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has referred the proposed merger between Tesco and Booker for an in-depth investigation after concluding that shoppers could face “worse terms” in more than 350 areas across the UK.


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Understanding the soft drinks levy

30 Jun 2017

What is the soft drinks industry levy or so-called “sugar tax”, and what does it mean for your business?