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BRC: UK retail sales up 0.6% in July

BRC: UK retail sales up 0.6% in July

Retail sales rose in July but conditions remain challenging as households continue to be squeezed by higher inflation and rising unemployment. According to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)/KPMG retail sales monitor, like-for-like sales rose 0.6% last month on an annual basis. On a total basis, meanwhile, sales were 2.5% higher, against a 2.6% increase in [...]

August 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
ONS: UK retail sales post modest rise in June

ONS: UK retail sales post modest rise in June

Early summer sales on the High Street have led to a modest rise in retail sales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today. According to the ONS, like-for-like sales excluding petrol rose 0.8% in May, while they were 0.2% higher on an annual basis due to heavy discounting. The figures were broadly in line [...]

July 21, 2011 | 0 Comments More
WH Smith posts 4% decline in sales

WH Smith posts 4% decline in sales

WH Smith, which sells newspapers, books, stationery and confectionery, today announced like-for-like sales fell 4% in the 18 weeks to 2 July compared with the same period a year ago. However, the company, which operates on the High Street and at travel-based outlets such as airports, train stations and motorway service stations, said it “remained [...]

July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Carpetright profits hit by challenging conditions

Carpetright profits hit by challenging conditions

Carpetright has today added to the doom and gloom surrounding the retail sector by announcing a 70% fall in annual profits. The company blamed “very challenging trading conditions” after profits for the year to 30 April came in at £6.6 million – down from £22.3 million a year ago. Meanwhile, annual revenues were down 6% [...]

June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Thorntons announces store closures

Thorntons announces store closures

Chocolate retailer Thorntons has today announced plans to close 120 stores over the next three years. The firm also said, as part of a strategic review of the business, a further 60 shops could close as it blamed challenging trading conditions for the latest measures. The announcement comes just one day after it was revealed [...]

June 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Habitat stores enter administration

Habitat stores enter administration

Furniture chain Habitat is to be put into administration but three of its stores are to be bought by Home Retail Group (owner of Argos and Homebase). Home Retail Group is acquiring the rights to the Habitat brand in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Administrators have been appointed for 30 of the outlets, [...]

June 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Sainsbury’s reports strong sales despite challenging environment

Sainsbury’s reports strong sales despite challenging environment

June 15, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Argos reports sharp fall in sales

Argos reports sharp fall in sales

There is further evidence of consumers reining in their spending after Home Retail Group (HRG), the biggest household goods retailer, said sales fell 9.6% in the 13 weeks to the end of May. Shares in HRG sank 11% after the announcement – a 2½ year low – after it said trading conditions were challenging and [...]

June 9, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Vince Cable: Economy in bad shape

Vince Cable: Economy in bad shape

Vince Cable has spoken of how bad the British economy has been hit after the global financial crisis. According to the Business Secretary, the crisis and the recession has meant the country is poorer and it has been a “challenge” for the Government to explain what a bad state the economy is in. Speaking to [...]

May 22, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Comet to close stores and axe jobs

Comet to close stores and axe jobs

Comet owner Kesa Electricals has announced plans to shut almost a dozen stores and axe 150 staff after sales fell amid the challenging economic environment. Kesa said same-store sales at Comet dived by 15.2% in the 12 weeks to 30 April as the High Street continues to suffer as consumers rein in their spending amid [...]

May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Home Retail Group announces fall in profits

Home Retail Group announces fall in profits

Home Retail Group, owner of Argos and Homebase, has today reported a 9.5% fall in pre-tax profits as conditions on the High Street remain challenging. Profits fell to £265.2 million in the 12 months to 26 February compared with £293 million in the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, revenue was almost 3% lower on [...]

April 20, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Allied Irish Banks unveils losses and job cuts

Allied Irish Banks unveils losses and job cuts

Allied Irish Banks (AIB), which was the fourth Irish bank to be nationalised, has today revealed a loss of €10.16 billion (£9 billion) for the 2010 year, compared with a loss of €2.3 billion the previous year. Meanwhile, the bank also announced it would axe more than 2,000 jobs in 2011 and 2012 in order [...]

April 12, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Halfords and Carpetright issue profit warnings

Halfords and Carpetright issue profit warnings

Retailers Halfords and Carpetright have both issued profit warnings, as UK consumers are squeezed in the face of rising inflation and Government spending cuts. Car parts and bicycle retailer Halfords lowered its 2011 estimate for profits before tax to £124 million-£127 million, down from £127 million announced earlier this year. The retailer blamed the “tougher [...]

April 7, 2011 | 0 Comments More
M&S reports better than expected sales

M&S reports better than expected sales

British retailing giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) has today reported like-for-like sales, which strip out new store openings, grew 0.1% in the 13 week period to 2 April. The figures were marginally better than expected and sent shares up 13.3p today to 353.5p. The 127-year-old retailer which sells clothes, food and homewares said general merchandise [...]

April 6, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Next warns of challenging times ahead

Next warns of challenging times ahead

Next, which is Britain’s second largest fashion retailer, has today said consumers are tightening their purse strings in the face of soaring inflation and Government spending cuts. The retailing giant announced record profits but has warned of challenging times ahead for the High Street. It shares jumped 5% earlier today after posting record profits of [...]

March 24, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK car sales continue downward trend

UK car sales continue downward trend

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed UK car sales fell by 7.7% in February compared with the same month in 2010. However, traditionally February is a quiet month for the car industry, with many waiting for the new number plate in March. The continuous fall in sales was expected due to [...]

March 10, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Persimmon encouraged by strong start in 2011

Persimmon encouraged by strong start in 2011

Persimmon, which is the UK’s largest housebuilder by market value, has announced full-year underlying pre-tax profit jumped to £95.5 million compared with £7 million in the previous year. The company said it sold more homes at higher prices and it is “encouraged” by the group’s performance in the first two months of the year, with [...]

March 2, 2011 | 0 Comments More
Primark warns of challenging times

Primark warns of challenging times

Discount clothing retailer, Primark, has today warned of a slowdown in consumer spending, as Britons prepare to cut back amid rising unemployment and higher inflation. According to Primark’s parent group, Associated British Foods (ABF), “a noticeable slowing down of UK consumer demand” is evident despite strong trading in the first three months of the financial [...]

February 28, 2011 | 0 Comments More
John Lewis reports further slowdown in weekly sales

John Lewis reports further slowdown in weekly sales

The slowdown in consumer spending looks set to continue after the John Lewis Partnership, which is regarded as a barometer of British retailing, reported a further fall in weekly sales. The renowned employee-owned chain said department store sales fell 0.9% o £49.5 million in the week to 29 January. In the week to 22 January, [...]

February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More
UK car sales down for seventh straight month

UK car sales down for seventh straight month

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today announced UK car sales fell by 11.5% in January compared with the same month in 2010. It represents the seventh consecutive monthly fall. The SMMT said the number of new cars sold in the month was 128,811. However, the fall was in line with the [...]

February 4, 2011 | 0 Comments More