BRC analysis spells out potential cost to shoppers of leaving the EU without a tariff-free trade deal

London, 2017-Sep-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The outcomes of the Brexit negotiations are hugely important to the UK’s retail and food production industries. The UK is a net importer of food – 40 per cent of the food we eat comes from outside the UK, with around a third from the EU-27 alone. In […]

BRC: Overall Shop Price deflation was 0.3 per cent in August

London, 2017-Aug-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC – NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX – August 2017 Period Covered: 07 – 11 August 2017 Overall Shop Price deflation was 0.3 per cent in August, a slight deceleration from the 0.4 per cent fall in July. Except for June of this year, this is the shallowest deflation […]

UK unemployment rate to fall to just 4.4% in Q2 2017; the lowest rate since 1975

London, 2017-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Figures released today (August 16, 2017) by the ONS show a fall in the UK unemployment rate to just 4.4% in the second quarter of this year, which is the lowest rate since 1975. In absolute terms this equates to an extra 125,000 people in employment since the […]

BRC and the Food and Drink Federation call on suppliers from food and drink industry to help identify sugar alternatives to improve public health

London, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Retailers and manufacturers are calling on suppliers from across the food and drink industry to help identify sugar alternatives in a bid to improve public health by reducing the amount of sugars in food and drink products. The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the Food and Drink Federation […]

BRC announces winner of 2017 Cyber Security Challenge

A PhD student from Royal Holloway University has been announced the winner of the BRC’s 2017 Cyber Security Challenge. London, 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The latest BRC Annual Retail Crime Survey revealed that an estimated 53 per cent of reported fraud in the retail industry is cyber-enabled, which represents a total direct cost of around […]

BRC: Footfall in June was 0.8% up on a year ago

London, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC – SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES JUNE 2017 Covering the four weeks 28 May – 1 July 2017 Footfall in June was 0.8 per cent up on a year ago. leaving it ahead of the three month average of 0.5 per cent. On a three-month basis, footfall grew […]

BRC appoints William Bain to accelerate its research and further strengthen its voice on Brexit

LONDON, 2017-Jun-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has appointed William Bain to accelerate its research and further strengthen its voice on Brexit. Bain’s previous experience includes five and a half years as a Member of Parliament, during which he served as Shadow Food and Farming Minister, and was a member of […]

BRC: Footfall in May fell by 1.0 per cent in the UK on the same month in the previous year

London, 2017-Jun-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC- SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES MONITOR – MAY 2017 Covering the four weeks 30 April – 27 May 2017 Footfall in May fell by 1.0 per cent in the UK on the same month in the previous year, the first decline since February. This is below the three-month average of 0.7 per cent. […]

BRC Chief Executive: The slowdown in overall non-food sales was mirrored online in May as annual growth fell to its lowest on record

London, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC – KPMG ONLINE RETAIL SALES MONITOR MAY 2017 Covering the four weeks 30 April – 27 May 2017 Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 4.3% in May compared to 13.7% rise a year earlier. This is the lowest growth since December 2012. Over the 3 […]

BRC: UK retail sales in May down by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from May 2016

London, 2017-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC – KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR MAY 2017 Covering the four weeks 30 April – 27 May 2017​ In May, UK retail sales decreased by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from May 2016, when they had increased 0.5% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales rose […]

UK’s GDP in 1Q: second estimate shows slower growth, from 0.3% to 0.2% on the previous quarter

London, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The second estimate of the UK’s GDP in quarter one has revealed that growth so far this year has been slower than the first thought, dropping from 0.3% to 0.2% on the previous quarter. The data, released earlier today (May 25, 2017) by the Office for National Statistics, […]

BRC: Footfall in April grew 1.6% vs. same month the previous year, the fastest growth in five years

London, 2017-May-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC- SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES MONITOR – APRIL 2017 Covering the four weeks 02 April – 29 April 2017 Footfall in April grew 1.6 per cent on the same month in the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014. This is well above the three-month average of 0.7 per cent, which […]

BRC – KPMG: UK retail sales up by 5.6% in April vs April 2016

London, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC – KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR APRIL 2017 Covering the four weeks 2 – 29 April 2017 In April, UK retail sales increased by 5.6% on a like-for-like basis from April 2016, when they had decreased 0.9% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales rose 6.3% […]

BRC Publishes Recommendations For Next Government That Promotes Interests of Retail Industry Consumers

London, 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has today (May 04, 2017) published its recommendations for the next Government. ‘Pioneers’ sets out the retail industry’s vision for a plan that promotes the interests of consumers in the Brexit negotiations and supports a pioneering, responsible and vibrant industry for the future. HELEN […]

BRC And Other Trade Bodies Request For Fundamental Reform of Business Rates System

London, 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC, along with a number of other trade bodies, are co-signatories to a letter sent to the three political parties to make the case for fundamental reform of the business rates system. The challenges businesses face as the UK negotiates its future relationship with Europe has made reducing […]

BRC launches The Tariff Roadmap for the Next Government as part of its A Fair Brexit for Consumers project

LONDON, 2017-Apr-20 — /EPR Retail News/ —As part of our A Fair Brexit For Consumers project, we have launched The Tariff Roadmap For The Next Government. The report focusses on the tariff aspects of Brexit, illustrating Britain’s current import trade relationships with data and facts to highlight the risks and opportunities presented by the journey ahead. […]

BRC-SPRINGBOARD MARCH 2017: Footfall up 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014

London, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC- SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES MONITOR – MARCH 2017 Covering the five weeks 26 February – 1 April 2017 Footfall in March grew 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014. This is well above the three-month average of -0.2%. Note there is an impact on this […]

BRC – KPMG: UK retail sales decreased by 1.0% in March 2017 vs March 2016

London, 2017-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC – KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR MARCH 2017 Covering the five weeks 26 February – 1 April 2017 In March, UK retail sales decreased by 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from March 2016, when they had decreased 0.7% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales fell 0.2% in […]

BRC invites students to help tackle cyber security threats in the UK retail industry

BRC invites students to help tackle cyber security threats in the UK retail industry   The BRC has launched a new cyber security student challenge with the chance to win up to £500 London, 2017-Mar-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — The BRC is inviting students at UK higher education institutions to participate in a paper contest […]

NFU, FDF and BRC announces joint priorities for UK trade policy

London, 2017-Mar-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — We have joined with the National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) and the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) to outline our joint priorities for UK trade policy. The statement, which has been sent to the Secretary of States and Ministers at the Department for Exiting the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]