Retail Sales

Why It's Time for a British Black Friday

Claude Nahon | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Claude Nahon

Why, though, must such a key moment in the retail calendar be confined to the sofa? It's one thing entertaining people at home with a wonderful two-minute film, quite another to entice them into shops to stock up on Christmas gifts and order the turkey.

The Mother of all Economic Hangovers

Matt Kingdon | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Matt Kingdon

No industry in Britain is immune to the challenges of growth and each sector has its own demons - from the collapse of trust in banks and energy providers, to patent limitations facing pharmaceutical companies and the accelerating shift from the shop on the high street to the shop in your pocket.

UK's Online Spending: The Latest Big News for the E-commerce World...

Mark Braund | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

These observations of UK e-commerce are in fact all the more interesting given that one of the hot topics going into 2014 was the news that more than one third of online sales are now reported to be made via mobile device.

Why Brands Must Communicate From the Shelf Out

Mark Artus | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK
Mark Artus

Consumers consistently tell us that brands should provide clearer messaging from the supermarket shelf outwards, rather than relying on marketing to drive sales. I fully agree and believe many brands simply aren't doing enough to capture consumer imagination where it matters most - in store.

The Dignity In Serving

Michelle Holmes | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Holmes

From teachers, carers, nurses and doctors, street sweepers, sales assistants and the like, working in service is an exchange of energy as old as civilisation. Serving one another in some way is a natural human instinct that we all have inside of us and can deliver on daily basis through our individual talents.

Making Small Business Saturday Count

Shingo Murakami | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Shingo Murakami

Although the UK's economy is showing signs of recovery, growing by 1.1 per cent during the first six months of this year, 18 high street shops closed their doors every day during this period according to research from PwC. With many people shopping away from the high street, a new initiative is launching in December to encourage people to shop locally at independent stores.

Latest Sales Numbers Confirm That UK Is Very Much a Nation of Shoppers, Rather Than Shopkeepers

Jeremy Cook | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

This week's sales numbers showed a slight increase in retail sales and did well to improve on the 2.1% increase made in May. Notes and noises from the retail sector have been encouraging of late. Data from the British Retail Consortium has begun to shown an increase in sales volumes, whilst consumer confidence has moved to the highest level since October 2010.

Act Now! Consumer Shopping Habits Are Evolving

Jon Worley | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK
Jon Worley

High-street retailers looking to weather the peaks and troughs of our current economy must consider implementing a joined up multi-channel strategy.

The Death Of The High Street?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK

More than one in five of Britain's high street shops could close by 2018 as more customers turn to the internet for their shopping, it has been report...

The Digital High Street

Zoe Yates | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Style
Zoe Yates

If high street retailers want to survive, they need to think beyond rails, shelves and flashy looking stores and start connecting with their customers on a meaningful level. Retailers need to bridge the gap between the physical world and the digital world.

Charlie Thomas

Shock As Retail Figures Fall Despite January Sales

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK

Fears of a triple-dip recession have been raised again after new figures showed marked changes in shopping habits. A report from the Office for Nat...

How Things Might Have Turned Out...

John Oswald | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK Tech
John Oswald

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. If only we could re-run past experiences, knowing what we know now. Picture the scene. It's 1986 and you've just taken the decision to open the world's largest record store on Oxford Street, London...

British Retail: What's All the Fuss About?!

Jon Worley | Posted 24.03.2013 | UK
Jon Worley

If you still need more evidence that the internet has necessitated a rethink of customer engagement strategies, then you may as well shut shop and protect the few assets and cash-in-hand available to you.

Charlie Thomas

Should We 'Rubber Stamp' Rich Chinese Tourist Visas To Boost British Businesses?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK

The founder of high end concierge service, Quintessentially, has called for the government to 'rubber stamp' a number of wealthy Chinese tourists' vis...

More Retail Woe As December Records Show A Drop In Sales

Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK

Analysts were taken by surprise on Friday after the Office for National Statistics revealed retail sales fell by 0.1% after remaining flat in November...

Thousands Of Jobs At Risk At HMV

PA | Posted 15.01.2013 | UK

The major high street record store HMV is poised to call in administrators, according to reports. Directors for the music retailer are in talks abo...

Why Consumers Will Stay 'Savvy' Beyond the Recession

Rob Feldmann | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK
Rob Feldmann

When a country is out of recession, history has shown that consumers quickly revert to their old spending habits, however, evidence suggests that consumers will continue to be cautious with their spending long after the current recession ends.

The Retail Sector -- The 'Olympic Effect' One Week On

Rob Feldmann | Posted 02.10.2012 | UK
Rob Feldmann

My last post predicted how the retail sector would fare during the Olympics both in the capital and beyond. A week into The Games, some of my thoughts were correct and some were sadly far off the mark, however I am not sure anyone could have predicted what has happened this week. I was optimistic that both bricks and mortar retailers and e-tailers would benefit from the influx of tourists and the domestic consumer working from home, all of whom were eager to spend; unfortunately this is not the case.

Charlie Thomas

Which Business Sectors Are Targetting An Olympic Leap In Sales?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK

Despite desperately disappointing growth forecasts from the Bank of England today, a number of retail sectors are predicted to enjoy an Olympic li...

The Future is East

Shaun McCarthy | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK Sport
Shaun McCarthy

I have been intrigued by the media articles showing distraught West End shop keepers and restaurateurs bemoaning the Olympics for emptying their emporia of customers. It seems that the promise of economic prosperity for all driven by the magic Olympic rings has evaporated as quickly as Mark Cavendish's medal hopes. Or has it?

More Doom For UK Retailers As Shoppers Stay Home To Watch The Games

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.08.2012 | UK

High streets across the UK have been unnervingly quiet over the past week with shoppers working from home and staying in to watch the Olympics, resear...

The Retail Sector Will Boom During the Olympics - But Does This Stretch to Online?

Rob Feldmann | Posted 23.09.2012 | UK
Rob Feldmann

British retailers‚ especially those based in the Capital‚ are banking on the Olympics having a positive impact on their sales, but are online retailers expecting to reap the same rewards?

Make a Brew and Get Ahead in Life

Tony Wrighton | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Wrighton

[1 minute self development] I was out with a friend celebrating his new job. He was chuffed. No doubt about it, this one was a big step up for him an...

How Luxury Has Survived the Economic Downturn

Caroline Stanbury | Posted 14.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Stanbury

When the recession hit in 2007, the majority of economists and retail commentators predicted that the luxury retail market would not fare well, but five years on it has not only survived, but prospered. Only last month Burberry Group posted a 24 per cent surge in its 2011 profits and Richemont (the third largest luxury group and owner of Cartier) posted a sharp increase in sales of €2.62bn.

Is F-commerce Dead? No Chance...

Rob Feldmann | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Tech
Rob Feldmann

Almost every retailer now has the expertise to use Facebook to grow consumer awareness of their brand, however, there are only a handful of retailers that have truly monetised Facebook and extended its reach from a sharing space to a retail platform.