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July sales creep over expectations by a hair

New figures have revealed a better-than-expected performance in July with a marginal increase in sales across the UK’s retail trade, according to the Office...

Retail optimism soars to highest level since 2002

CBI survey shows 51% of retailers experienced higher sales in August.Retailers are at their most optimistic since 2002, with 51% of respondents reporting higher...

Seasonal offers set to kick-start retail market

Market forecasts say business will bounce back after tough September.Accountancy firm BDO, which operates a tracker that measures high street spending patterns, predicts the...

UK entrepreneurs in good heart despite economy

Report also shows businesses stockpiling cash to offset lending woes.A new report has revealed that 57% of the UK’s entrepreneurial businesses have met their...

Welsh retailers forced to charge for carrier bags

New 5p rule comes into force across the country.Wales has become the first UK nation to introduce a levy on single-use carrier bags. Customers must...

Awful August leaves high street miserable

CBI survey suggests sales decline is steepest for more than a year.It would appear August is turning into a damp squib for many retailers...

£200m insurance cost of high street riot carnage

Some commercial policies will cover loss of trade as well as damageInsurers are likely to pay out in excess of £200 million in claims...

PM’s rescue package throws lifeline to retailers

Riot-hit firms to receive business rates relief and compensation.Government measures to help retailers affected by this week’s riots get back on their feet —...

Fund set up to help riot-stricken retailers

Campaign begins to help shop owners back on their feet.  Retail industry charity Retail Trust has launched a Twitter campaign — #highstheroes — to raise...

High street joy as parking restrictions lifted

Councils given more autonomy as centralised parking cap scrapped.The retail industry has welcomed news that the government is to scrap centrally-imposed restrictions on how...