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 […]

BRC Helen Dickinson: EU is an increasingly important market for UK retailers

Total retail search volumes grew 52% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter a year ago. Search volumes on mobile devices increased 50% in the first quarter of 2016 compared with the same quarter a year ago. Beauty was the most searched sector by EU consumers on mobile devices, reporting growth […]

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/ […]

British Retail Consortium comments on the relaxation of Sunday Trading hours in UK

LONDON, 2016-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Responding to today’s announcement by government that it plans to extend Sunday opening hours by amending the Enterprise Bill, the BRC said: “There are different views across retail over whether the relaxation of Sunday Trading hours is a good or a bad thing for retailers and their staff. This […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

British Retail Consortium: December 2015 saw just 1 per cent retail sales growth YoY

UK retail sales rose by 0.1% on a like-for-like basis from December 2014, when they had decreased 0.4% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 1.0%, against a 1.0% rise in December 2014. Adjusted for the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index deflation, total growth was 3.0%. Total growth was above the 3-month […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BRC-NIELSEN: Shop prices fell by 2.1% in November from a 1.8% decline in October

Overall shop prices reported deflation of 2.1% in November from a 1.8% decline in October, a joint record low. Food reported annual deflation of 0.3% from a 0.4% fall in October. On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.7%. Non-food deflation decelerated to 3.3% from 2.7% in October. LONDON, 2015-12-4 […]

BRC/SPRINGBOARD: Retail park footfall increased 2.9% YoY in October 2015

Footfall in October was 0.2% lower than a year ago, unchanged from the decline in September. This was above the three-month average of -0.6%. Footfall in retail park locations increased 2.9% year-on-year. This is below September’s high of 4.0%. High Streets and Shopping Centres reported a decline in footfall of 1.0% and 1.3% respectively. Four […]

BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales increased 2.6% in Sep 2015 vs the same month 2014

– UK retail sales increased 2.6% on a like-for-like basis from September 2014, when they had decreased 2.1% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 3.9%, against a 0.8% fall in September 2014. This is the fastest growth since January 2014, excluding Easter distortions. Adjusted for the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index […]

BRC-KPMG: Non-Food products sales online in UK grew 14.2% in September

– Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 14.2% in September versus a year earlier, when it had risen by 8.2% over the previous year, the second-slowest growth of 2014. This is ahead of the 12-month average of 12.1%. – In September 2015, Online sales represented 17.7% of total Non-Food sales, against 17.2% […]

BRC Director Dickinson: September saw significant prices drops in both food and non-food goods

Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.9% in September from a 1.4% decline in August. Food reported annual deflation of 0.5% from a 0.2% rise in August. On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.7%. Non-food deflation accelerated further to 2.9% from 2.4% in August. LONDON, 2015-10-7 — /EPR Retail […]

BRC/SPRINGBOARD: Footfall in August 1.6% lower than a year ago

Footfall in August was 1.6% lower than a year ago, down from the 1.1% fall in July. This was below the three-month average of -1.4%. Both High Streets and Shopping Centres reported a decline, falling 2.3% and 2.8% respectively. Footfall in Shopping Centres is now the lowest since January excluding Easter distortions. Footfall in Retail […]

BRC Helen Dickinson on BRC-NIELSEN AUGUST 2015 SHOP PRICE INDEX: Shop prices fell by 1.4 as a result of intense competition and falling commodity prices

Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.4% in August unchanged from July. Food reported annual inflation of 0.2%, up marginally from the 0.1% rise in July 2015. On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.7%. Non-food deflation accelerated further to 2.4% from 2.3% in July. LONDON, 2015-9-11 — /EPR Retail […]

BRC-KPMG: Non-Food online sales in UK grew 6.5% in August vs a year earlier

– Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 6.5% in August versus a year earlier, when it had risen by 19.8% over the previous year, the strongest growth of 2014. This represents the slowest online growth since April 2013. – In August 2015, online sales represented 17.2% of total Non-Food sales, against 16.3% […]

British Retail Consortium: better news for food sales this August with a clear improvement compared with July

UK retail sales decreased 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from August 2014, when they had increased 1.3% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 0.1%, against a 2.7% rise in August 2014. In the three months to August, total Food sales were up 0.3%. The twelve-month average total Food growth turned […]

BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR JUNE 2015: UK retail sales increased 1.8% on a like-for-like basis from June 2014

– UK retail sales increased 1.8% on a like-for-like basis from June 2014, when they had decreased 0.8% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 2.9%, against a 0.6% rise in June 2014. This is the strongest growth since January 2014, excluding Easter distortions and compares with a 12-month average of […]

BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in UK grew 17.6% in June vs a year earlier

– Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 17.6% in June versus a year earlier, when it had risen by 10.6% over the previous year. This is the best online performance since August 2014 and outperformed the 3-month and 12-month averages of 14.6% and 12.6%, respectively. – In June 2015, online sales represented […]

BRC-NIELSEN SHOP PRICE INDEX: Shop prices fell by -1.3 per cent in June 2015; 26th consecutive month of prices drops

– Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.3% in June up from 1.9% in May. – Food reported annual deflation of 0.4% the lowest deflation rate since February 2015. – On a 12-month average basis, the Shop Price Index reported deflation of 1.7%. – Non-food deflation slowed to 1.9% in June from 2.5% in May. […]

BRC/SPRINGBOARD FOOTFALL AND VACANCIES MONITOR: Footfall in May was 1.0% lower than a year ago, down from the 0.8% fall in April

– Footfall in May was 1.0% lower than a year ago, down from the 0.8% fall in April. This was below the three-month average of -0.5. – Both High Streets and Shopping Centres reported a decline, falling 1.5% and 2.0% respectively. – Footfall in out-of-town locations fared the best with a 1.4% increase year-on-year, an […]

BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC-KPMG: Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier – Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 9.9% in May versus a year earlier, when it had risen by 17.0% over the previous year. This tough comparative explains […]

BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales in May 2015 were flat on a like-for-like basis from May 2014

LONDON, 2015-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — BRC-KPMG: UK retail sales in May 2015 were flat on a like-for-like basis from May 2014 – UK retail sales were flat on a like-for-like basis from May 2014, when they had increased 0.5% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 1.1%, against a 2.0% […]

BRC Director General Helen Dickinson: UK consumers are making greater use than ever of handheld devices to shop online, particularly where it comes to buying clothes

LONDON, 2015-4-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “The latest BRC-Google figures show that UK consumers are making greater use than ever of handheld devices to shop online, particularly where it comes to buying clothes. The number of people using their smartphone to search for apparel is up […]

BRC-KPMG March 2015: UK retail sales increased by 3.2% on a like-for-like basis from March 2014

– UK retail sales increased by 3.2% on a like-for-like basis from March 2014, when they had decreased 1.7% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 4.7%, against a 0.3% fall in March 2014. Adjusted for the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index deflation, total growth was 6.8%. The figures are flattered by […]