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Independent retailers boycott Black Friday sales

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) has revealed more retailers will be boycotting Black Friday sales this year as the cost-of-living crisis hits. The association, which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, once again surveyed its members, which are made up of single retail …

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BIRA supports ‘Colour Friday’

As Black Friday is approaching, the pressure from the media for consumers to take part shows no signs of slowing. Despite the rising cost of living, the promise of big discounts from large retailers is enticing in the run-up to the holiday season. It goes without saying that this pressure, …

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BIRA welcomes Autumn Statement as support for Britain’s High Street

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) has welcomed the support from the Chancellor in the Autumn Statement announced on November 17. However, the group has also warned that tough times still lie ahead with consumer confidence declining. According to recent figures, UK inflation has hit 11.1% as energy bills and …

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BIRA welcomes latest shop vacancy rate figures

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) has welcomed the latest shop vacancy rate figures which have shown a significant decrease in the last quarter. The report, released this week by the British Retail Consortium and Local Data Company, highlights: In the third quarter of 2022, the overall GB vacancy rate …

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Interest rate hike will dampen consumer confidence, says BIRA

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) has warned that the latest interest rate rise, the biggest increased in more than three decades, will dampen consumer confidence. The Bank of England has raised the base rate of interest by 0.75 % points and has said that the UK is already in …

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BIRA urges new PM to restore confidence in market

The British Independent Retailers Association has urged Rishi Sunak, who has been announced as the new Prime Minister, to focus on stabilising the financial market. With independent retailers across the UK entering the ‘Golden Quarter’ of trading as the festive season approaches, BIRA has stressed now is the vital time …

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Bira comments on KPMG Retail Sales Monitor report

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has responded to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor for February 2022 with a degree of optimism. The report, which can be downloaded here, highlighted strong retail sales and the following points: UK retail sales increased 2.7% on a Like-for-like basis from February 2021, when …

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Bira comments on the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has responded to announcement by the government about the full lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Bira CEO Andrew Goodacre said: “In general we welcome the further reduction in restrictions. It always feels counter-intuitive to remove restriction when cases are so high, but we hope the …

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Retail sales rebounded in January, reveals Office for National Statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shared its report on January’s retail sales in Great Britain. Sales on the high street rebounded by 1.9% last month, as shoppers returned after the disruption of the Omicron variant. Statistics show that non-food stores sales volumes rose by 3.4% with strong growth …

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Bira issues statement on Governments plans for rules ease in England

The British Independent Retailers Association (Bira) has made a statement about the announcement by the government about the removal of COVID-19 ‘Plan B’ restrictions. Bira’s CEO Andrew Goodacre said: “It is a positive sign to see the Omicron wave abating, but we hope that the decision to remove some of …

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