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Retail expert laments ‘fragility of consumer confidence’ as wet weather dampens footfall figures

After a strong start in September wet weather and fuel shortages soon saw shops reporting the worst footfall levels in over two months

Retailers see ‘increasing challenges on a number of fronts’ as store closures and job...

'As post-lockdown pent-up demand has softened, the growth in retail sales we have seen over the past few months slowed,' claimed BRC chief Helen Dickinson

Pent-up post-lockdown demand eases as retail growth slows

On a total basis, sales increased by 3.0% in August, against a growth of 3.9% in the same month last year.

High streets see first post-pandemic ’cause for optimism’ as independent stores flourish

First six months of 2021 saw more independent store openings than closures for the first time since 2017

End of restrictions ‘did not bring anticipated in-store boost’ for retail

The return of weddings at full capacity did however provide a welcome boost to some parts of the retail sector

Non-essential retailers forced to keep prices low to entice customers

Fashion businesses in particular have been striving to outdo one another with increasingly low prices

Retailers should not become complacent about innovative in-store tech, report warns

Only half of retailers believe that they will have to implement more technology over the next five years in order to remain competitive

Pandemic e-commerce boom ‘nothing more than a positive anomaly’

Retailers should not rely on online sales remaining at 2020 levels as figures expected to plummet in 2021

Retailers desperate for ‘shopping without restrictions’ as footfall slows in June

British Retail Consortium data revealed that June footfall was down 28% by comparison to the same month in 2019

Retail CEOs demand Boris Johnson act on ‘shocking violence and abuse’ suffered by staff

Fraser Hart and John Lewis were among 100 UK retailers to sign a letter calling for legislative changes to protect shop workers