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Retail sales sees rise in July

Retail sales have jumped in July as discounting successfully tempted shoppers in to shop, the latest CBI trade survey has found.The retail sales balance rose from +4 in June to +21 in July – a rise that more than recovered the past month’s weaknes...
11:55AM - Thu 24th July 2014
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Shopping centre and high street numbers fall again

Footfall in May has fallen 0.2 per cent on a year ago as shopping centres and the high street dragged the figure down.Shopping centre footfall fell sharply at 1.5 per cent while high street numbers fell 0.9 per cent, the latest data from the BRC a...
02:42PM - Mon 16th June 2014
Hopkinson: "It would be "wrong to call the market on vacancy rates." image(c)iStockphoto.com/Dave White

Shop vacancy rate sees improvement

The UK shop vacancy rate fell by 0.1 per cent in May to 13.4 per cent as the economic recovery slightly improved.The rate was 14.1 per cent the same time last year.The data, measured by the Local Data Company (LDC), have been relatively stable sin...
03:53PM - Thu 5th June 2014

April footfall down 0.1% year-on-year but spending set to rise

Footfall in April fell 0.1 per cent year-on-year as consumers preferred to shop online and at out-of-town locations.High streets suffered the sharpest fall at 1.4 per cent while shopping centre footfall fell 0.9 per cent, according to BRC/Springbo...
05:20PM - Tue 20th May 2014
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Footfall sees 1.9% Easter decline, says Springboard

Retailers missed a “big opportunity” as footfall dropped 1.9 per cent over the Easter weekend as consumers shunned shopping over the holiday period.The figures suggest that consumer confidence is still fragile, despite wage rises matching inflatio...
12:19PM - Tue 22nd April 2014
Shopping centre footfall fell 2.4% year-on-year

Footfall declines in every UK region, says BRC/Springboard

Every UK region posted a decrease in February footfall as the high-street continued to be hit by the popularity of out-of-town and online shopping.It was the worst result for the high-street since its 7 per cent drop in March 2013, said the BRC/Sp...
10:19AM - Mon 17th March 2014
High streets fell 0.6% - an improvement from a 3.7% fall in December

High-street footfall declines in January, says BRC/Springboard

High-street footfall declined by 0.6 per cent year-on-year as consumers preferred to shop at out-of-town locations and shopping centres.Monthly figures from the BRC/Springboard Monitor, which records over 60 million footfall counts per week in the...
08:45AM - Mon 17th February 2014
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Shop vacancy rate falls to lowest level in over three years

There is increasing evidence that an economic recovery is underway as the GB shop vacancy rate fell to 13.9 per cent in December for the first time in over three years.The data, collected by the Local Data Company (LDC) across 2,700 towns, cities,...
08:53AM - Mon 13th January 2014
M&S is expected to post disappointing sales updates for the third quarter on Thursday

High-street store sales fall 2.2 per cent year-on-year

Online retail has come up trumps this Christmas as physical store stores fell for many retailers in December.Findings from accountancy firm BDO’s High Street Sales Tracker found that mid-market retailer’s sales were down 2.2 per cent year-on-year....
02:38PM - Mon 6th January 2014
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