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BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales ‘below expectation’ in April

UK retail sales increased by 3.7% on a like-for-like basis last month from April 2018, when they had decreased 4.2% from the preceding year, according to the latest data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG. Covering the four week period from March 31 to April 27, BRC-KPMG noted that the …

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Lakeland celebrates 40 years in the heart of Chester

Lakeland will commemorate the 40th anniversary of its store in the Cheshire city of Chester during the upcoming late May Bank Holiday. The housewares chain is inviting customers to mark the milestone in-store, along with colleagues old and new, over the Spring Bank Holiday (from Friday May 24 through to …

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Scottish retail sales revival continues in April

Scottish retail sales rose by 3.9% on a like-for-like basis last month compared with April 2018, when they dropped by 3.8%, according to figures from the Scottish Retail Consortium-KPMG. This is above the three-month average of 0.9%. However, the figure is positively distorted by the timing of the run-up to …

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BRC-Springboard: footfall dips 0.5% in April

Footfall declined by 0.5% in April, compared to the same point last year when it dropped by 3.3%, according to the latest British Retail Consortium (BRC)-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor. Covering the four weeks from March 31 to April 27, the report says that high street footfall dipped by 1%. …

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Town centre vacancy rate hits highest level in four years

The national town centre vacancy rate was 10.2% in April – a further increase on the previous quarter rate of 9.9% and the highest since April 2015, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-Springboard Footfall and Vacancies Monitor covering the four weeks from March 31 to April 27. BRC chief …

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Argos launches first self-service digital store

As more and more shoppers take to their smartphones, Argos has opened its first self-service digital store, bringing a checkout-free shopping experience to customers. Argos’s first self-service store in Sainsbury’s Dulwich store in south London sees customers pay at the same tablet they use to browse the catalogue’s 20,000 products …

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Tesco installs more Changing Places facilities to help disabled shoppers

Tesco has installed 35 Changing Places facilities in its stores across the UK to help those with complex disabilities use toilets safely and comfortably. A Changing Places toilet is a fully accessible toilet with additional specialist equipment of a height-adjustable adult-sized changing bench, an overhead track or mobile hoist, a …

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Sainsbury’s launches UK’s first till-free grocery store

Sainsbury’s Holborn Circus Local store in London has been refurbished to be mobile-first and check-out free. Described as the UK’s first till-free grocery store, the retailer said the experiment will ‘put SmartShop Scan, Pay & Go technology to the test in a bespoke food-to-go store, making grocery shopping quicker and …

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Addis wins Home & Kitchen Product of the Year category of DIY Week Awards

A host of suppliers and retailers took home accolades at the annual DIY Week Awards, which brought together representatives from across the DIY industry to celebrate at the Tower Hotel in London last Friday (May 10). A total of 18 suppliers and retailers were presented with trophies on the day across …

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IKEA appoints new UK & Ireland country retail manager

IKEA has appointed Peter Jelkeby as country retail manager to lead the UK and Ireland business of the Swedish homeware giant. He succeeds Javier Quiñones, who joins IKEA USA as country retail manager. Swedish-born Peter is returning to IKEA following a career of over 20 years with the company in …

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