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Springboard: footfall set to rise dramatically over New Year Weekend

Footfall across UK high streets, shopping centres and out-of-town retail centres over the New Year Weekend is set to lift strongly year-on-year, according to the latest data from Springboard. The retail intelligence expert said its prediction will ‘restore optimism amongst retailers for a modest end to the year in terms …

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Auld Lang What?!

Research from Sainsbury’s has revealed that the tradition of singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ on New Year’s Eve is in danger of dying out, with only 3% of people in the UK knowing the words despite a third of revellers planning a rendition as the bells chime 2018 in. ‘Auld Lang …

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Whole Foods Market serves up its food and drink trends for 2018

Whole Foods Market’s buyers have forecast up-and-coming flavours, products and culinary influences for the year ahead. The US supermarket chain, which bills itself as ‘America’s Healthiest Grocery Store’ specialising in ‘the finest natural and organic foods’ has compiled a list of the top 10 trends for 2018. The predictions come …

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Credit card borrowing hits £8.5bn over Christmas

British shoppers spent almost £8.5 billion on credit cards over the festive season, according to a survey by price comparison and switching service uSwitch. The research was carried out online between November 8 and November 16 among a sample of 4,024 adults. When asked ‘if you intend to borrow, how …

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IKEA starts construction of Greenwich store

IKEA officially ‘broke ground’ on its new 32,000sq m store in the south London borough of Greenwich on December 4. The branch represents the Swedish home furnishings giant’s first full-sized London store in 13 years. Due to open in winter 2018, IKEA is investing £100 million in the branch, which …

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Robert Dyas gets prepped for New Year house parties

Robert Dyas is promising to take the stress out of planning for New Year house parties. The high street chain’s COO Rachel Brain said: “Nothing beats a New Year house party. And we’ve been working hard for the last 12 months to ensure that house parties held this year will …

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Waitrose forecasts 2018 food and drink trends

Natalie Mitchell, head of brand development and product innovation at supermarket chain Waitrose, has predicted the top 10 cuisine trends we’ll be seeing in 2018. Her forecasts and comments are below: 1.Persimmons ‘Persimmons (often referred to as Sharon Fruit) are tipped to be on-trend in 2018. After a recent surge …

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Pantone names its Colour of the Year for 2018

The Pantone Color Institute has announced Ultra Violet as its Colour of the Year for 2018. PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is described by the consulting service as ‘a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade’ that ‘communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future’. Leatrice Eiseman, executive …

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Is the traditional Christmas pudding under threat?

Is the traditional Christmas pudding in danger of being consigned to history and replaced by a sponge alternative? For the first time ever, Tesco offered more festive sponges than Christmas puddings this year: 12 sponges compared with 10 traditional puddings. The supermarket chain said the change was due to younger …

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Springboard: Boxing Day brings ‘challenging trading’ for retailers

The UK’s average retail footfall was -4.5% lower yesterday (Tuesday December 26) compared with Boxing Day last year, according to the latest data from Springboard. The retail expert said: “This was one of the most challenging Boxing Days that bricks-and-mortar stores have seen since we first published Boxing Day activity …

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