BRC launches cyber security “toolkit” to prevent and manage cyber security threats

London, 2017-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC has today (March 07, 2017) launched a cyber security ‘toolkit’ that will provide retail businesses of all sizes with a practical, step-by-step guide to prevent and manage cyber security threats and protect the customers they serve. The BRC Cyber Security Toolkit, launched in London today by the […]

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BRC: Consumer price inflation increased 1.8% in January from 1.6% in the previous month

London, 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Consumer price inflation continued on its upward trajectory in January, rising 1.8% on an annual basis from 1.6% in the previous month, broadly in line with expectations. Core inflation, which strips out erratic items such as food and energy, in fact remained unchanged at 1.6% for the second […]

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Retail 2020 Dashboard: BRC provides baseline measurement of progress to more productive, more rewarding and better paid jobs

Retail 2020 Dashboard: BRC provides baseline measurement of progress to more productive, more rewarding and better paid jobs   London, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC and our members are committed to understanding how developments in retail business can achieve positive change; we anticipate playing a strong partnership role with Government in the […]

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BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson OBE responds to Theresa May’s speech on Brexit

London, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — RESPONDING TO THERESA MAY’S SPEECH TODAY (January 17, 2017)  ON BREXIT, HELEN DICKINSON OBE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE BRC SAID: “The Prime Minister has an ambitious plan with the right priorities. It is crucial that Britain gets a new deal that works for ordinary British consumers, which doesn’t hit […]

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BRC: Toy category boosted online sales in September

London, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — HELEN DICKINSON OBE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM: “As with total sales, online saw an improvement on last month’s performance and fell back in line with the twelve-month average of above 10 per cent. Interestingly, for the first time online was a popular shopping destination for back- to school purchases, […]

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BRC: total Food sales increased 1.6% on three-month basis, its best level since November 2013 excluding Easter distortions

LONDON, 2016-Oct-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — HELEN DICKINSON OBE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM: “Today’s figures show a return to sales growth, primarily driven by stronger food sales which saw their highest increase since November 2013. On the flipside, sales growth of non-food items remained sluggish. Despite a flurry of back- to- school purchases, clothing sales […]

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BRC calls on Government to put consumers first in the forthcoming Brexit talks

LONDON, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium has called on Government negotiators to put consumers first in the forthcoming Brexit talks by ensuring their sights are firmly set on keeping shop prices low once the UK leaves the European Union. Pledging a positive and constructive approach to achieving the best possible outcome […]

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BRC welcomes UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre

LONDON, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK’s new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) officially launches today (October 3, 2016) as a public-facing part of GCHQ, through which the government will deliver authoritative advice on tackling industry wide cyber-security issues. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) fully supports the creation of the National Cyber Security Centre […]

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BRC: Government must show real leadership in getting every single food company to commit fully in tackling Childhood Obesity

LONDON, 2016-Sep-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan will have the desired impact only if it ensures the full and equal participation of all companies across every part of the food industry. Retailers are concerned that the Plan as it stands, relies too heavily on voluntary agreements which have in the past […]

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British retail industry employs 100,000 people in roles that didn’t even exist five years ago – BRC

LONDON, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — British retail today employs 100,000 people in roles that didn’t even exist five years ago, figures compiled by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) reveal today (September 21, 2016). While overall numbers of employees in retail are expected to fall over the coming few years, innovative ways of working will […]

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BRC – KPMG: sales in August 2016 declined 0.3% against a 0.1% increase in August 2015

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “A month of extraordinary achievement for Team GB certainly produced a feel-good effect and consumer confidence was up on July, but that generally didn’t translate into extra sales. Consumers were enticed towards leisure and outdoor activities rather than shopping, although Food did […]

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BRC – KPMG: UK online sales of Non-Food products grew 6.2% in August

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “Online echoed the performance of total sales this month, with growth slowing to just 6.2 per cent, well below the 12-month average of 11.1 per cent. People’s attention on screens turned to watching the Olympics rather than browsing, resulting in the lowest […]

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BRC – NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX: Overall shop prices reported deflation of 2.0% in August, from the 1.6% decline in July

LONDON, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “Shop prices continued their record run in deflationary territory. Lower prices this August compared to last were driven by a combination of continuing promotional activity, softening oil prices and a global supply glut of wheat weighing on food prices. “The devaluation of […]

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The BRC announces Richard Baker as its new chairman

LONDON, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC is delighted to announce that Richard Baker will take the reins as Chair of the retail industry’s trade association this autumn. Richard, already on the BRC Board, will start his term of office as Chair on 1 September when Sir Charlie Mayfield stands down after a two-year […]

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BRC-SPRINGBOARD: DEEPEST DECLINE OF FOOTFALL IN JUNE 2016 SINCE FEBRUARY 2014

LONDON, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK Summary – Footfall in June was 2.8% down on a year ago, worse than the 0.3% rise in May and the sharpest decline since February 2014 – All three locations reported a decline in footfall for the first time since December 2013 – High Streets reported a […]

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BRC – KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in UK grew 9.0% YoY

LONDON, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “Online sales growth slowed to 9 per cent this month. While lower than last month’s growth it remains a solid performance, considering that June 2015 had recorded the best growth of that year. Online sales grew across all categories except Footwear and […]

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BRC, FDF, SSA launches new guidance for food companies on use of culinary dried herbs and spices

LONDON, 2016-Jun-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new resource launched today will provide food companies that use culinary dried herbs and spices with industry best practice guidance on assessing and protecting the authenticity of these products. Food companies will be able to use the practical guidance to ensure that they have the appropriate measures in […]

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BRC supports the e-commerce proposals from the European Commission

LONDON, 2016-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC represents many e-commerce retailers, including both omni-channel and pure players. The E-commerce proposals from the European Commission issued today (Geoblocking Regulation; revised Consumer Protection Co-operation – CPC- Regulation; Parcels Delivery Regulation; new Unfair Commercial Practices Directive Guidance) complement those in the Online Contracts Directives that are already […]

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BRC: full range of solutions and tools designed to assist you in preparing to meet FSMA expectations

LONDON, 2016-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC is pleased to announce the development of a full range of solutions and tools designed to assist you in preparing to meet FSMA expectations. In addition, these tools will help effectively evaluate how prepared the supply chain is. BRC Global Standards contracted The Acheson Group (TAG) to assess […]

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BRC – NIELSEN March 2016: This month shoppers can celebrate three years of falling non-food prices

BRC – NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX – MARCH 2016 NON-FOOD PRICES FALL FOR 36TH CONSECUTIVE MONTH Period Covered: 07 – 11 March 2016 – Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.7% in March from the 2.0% decline in February. – Non-food deflation rose to 2.6% in March from the 3.0% fall in February. – Food […]

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BRC Chief Executive Helen Dickinson: Another fall in shop prices was seen in February

Overall shop prices reported deflation of 2.0% in February from 1.8% in January. Food returned to deflationary territory, falling 0.4% in February from January’s 0.1% rise. On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.8%. Non-food deflation remained at 3.0% for the third consecutive month. LONDON, 2016-Mar-03 — /EPR Retail News/ […]

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Non-Food online sales in UK grew 14.9% in January 2016 vs a year earlier – BRC-KPMG

 Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 14.9% in January versus a year earlier, when they had risen by 11.7% over the previous year. This is the second best performance since June 2015. January’s online sales performance was ahead of its 3-month and 12-month averages of 14.0% and 12.7%, respectively. In January 2016, […]

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UK retail sales rose by 2.6% in January 2016 vs the same month last year – BRC-KPMG

UK retail sales rose by 2.6% on a like-for-like basis from January 2015, when they had increased 0.2% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 3.3%, against a 1.6% rise in January 2015. This is the best growth since September, firmly ahead of the 3-month average of 1.6% and the 12-month […]

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BRC’s Helen Dickinson on retail sales in December: This was very much an online Christmas

Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 15.1% in December versus a year earlier, when they had risen by 7.0% over the previous year. This is the best performance since June. December’s online sales performance was ahead of its 3-month and 12-month averages of 12.3% and 12.4%, respectively. In December 2015, Online sales […]

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BRC Chief Executive, Helen Dickinson: Prices in Britain’s shops have continued to tumble in December 2015

– Overall shop prices reported deflation of 2.0% in December from the 2.1% decline seen in November. – Food reported annual deflation of 0.3% unchanged from November’s rate. – On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.7%. – Non-food deflation decelerated to 3.0% from 3.3% in November. LONDON, 2016-1-7 — /EPR […]

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BRC: Helen Dickinson awarded OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for 2016 for services to the retail industry

LONDON, 2016-1-5 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for 2016 for services to the retail industry. Helen has been Chief Executive of the BRC since January 2013, following a successful career working with retailers at KPMG. At the BRC, Helen is a strong […]

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BRC worked closely with the EU Commission for a common EU approach to consumer rights

LONDON, 2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The UK has the largest e-commerce market in Europe and the BRC represents a large number of small and large retailers who sell online, face-to-face and through a variety of channels both in the UK and throughout the EU and the wider world. The BRC has long campaigned […]

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BRC: UK implementation of EU Interchange Fee Regulation may see debit card charges rise for some retailers

LONDON, 2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK consumers are set to lose out as a result of today’s decision on fees for consumer debit card payments. The Interchange Fee Regulation, a piece of EU legislation which comes into effect in the UK today, will reduce the hidden ‘interchange’ fees levied by banks on retailers […]

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Online sales of Non-Food products in UK up 11.8% in November vs. a year earlier – BRC-KPMG

Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 11.8% in November versus a year earlier, when they had risen by 12.0% over the previous year. November’s online sales performance was in line with its 3-month average of 11.9% and was just ahead of its 12-month average of 11.6%. In November 2015, Online sales represented […]

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UK retail sales in November 2015 decreased 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from November 2014 – BRC-KPMG

UK retail sales decreased 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from November 2014, when they had increased 0.9% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 0.7%, against a 2.2% rise in November 2014. Adjusted for the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index deflation, total growth was 2.2%. Total growth was below the 3-month average […]

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