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Worst year on record for retail in 2020 as sales and footfall plummet

2020 was officially the worst year on record for retail sales growth, with in-store non-food declining by 24% compared with 2019. These results have also...

Retailers call on PM to act as coronavirus restrictions drive up shopworker abuse

Retailers like John Lewis and Debenhams have signed a letter to the Prime Minister asking for new legislation to protect retail workers

Christmas struggles to reinvigorate retail as high streets see almost 50% fewer shoppers in...

December footfall did see an increase over November however, after England's four-week lockdown was lifted

Lack of clarity over Brexit makes it ‘harder for businesses to prepare’, argues BRC...

Businesses will be forced to pass on some of the billions of pounds of tariff costs to consumers if the government does not act, argued Helen Dickinson

BRC implores government to implement “business rates relief at 50%”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak's spending review has proposed a return to normal business rates liability in April, which the BRC believes will be a death sentence for some businesses

Socially responsible businesses more likely to survive pandemic, suggests BRC chief

British Retail Consortium chief executive, Helen Dickinson, has advised retailers and other businesses that having a social purpose could aid in their survival over...

Some shops ‘may never reopen’ if England’s lockdown is extended, implore 60 CEOs

More than 60 of the UK's top retail CEOs have signed a letter to The Times, expressing their opinion that non-essential retail must be...

‘Shop early, start wrapping, enjoy Christmas’ says new British Retail Consortium campaign

BRC hopes less of a Christmas rush in December will mean a safer shopping experience for all

Retail footfall growth slows as stricter measures come into place

Year-on-year UK footfall decreased by 30.1% in September, with only a 4.7 percentage point improvement from August.

How will companies handle exports post-Brexit?

The UK Government revealed 'bounce back' plans earlier this month, designed to help retailers recover from the pandemic and navigate the difficult months ahead,...