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.... It normally costs £10 a year or £25 for three years, so the maximum it’s worth is £35, and gives students a third off the price of standard coach fares at any time. All the banks say they offer students cashback deals at various retailers but these are hard to quantify, so we have not added them to our table. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Toblerone is one of Poundland’s most popular products, with 11m bars sold last year. But the retailer says it decided to bring out Twin Peaks “in response to the unfavourable reception” that greeted Toblerone’s new version with fewer chunks, launched last year. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Kingfisher has become an infuriating investment for its shareholders. It has preached the virtue of being a pan-European retailer for a decade but the benefits constantly seem to lie around the next corner. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... It was also an exciting concept when IBM introduced it in 2006,” Witcher said, referring to a decade-old advertisement by IBM portraying a similar grab-and-go shopping experience. Witcher said successful retailers would incorporate technologies that improve customer experiences rather than simply eliminate jobs. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. Donald Trump wiped over $5bn off Amazon’s stock market valuation on Wednesday with a tweet accusing the company of “doing great damage to tax paying retailers”. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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. British retailers have called for the government to take tougher action on tackling obesity and consider mandatory measures to ensure more companies make their products healthier. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....2%. Some economists blamed wet weather in July for weaker sales by fashion retailers, after sunnier conditions in June brought shoppers out in force. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....8% in the three months to the end of June partly thanks to a boost from Easter trading. While Asda flagged its strategy of cutting prices on key items, a return to grocery price inflation spurred by the fall in the value of sterling is also likely to have helped the chain, owned by US retailer Walmart. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Quidco and Topcashback are simple to use and let you earn while making purchases. Search for the retailer you want to buy from and click through to its website to shop as normal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Meanwhile, Trump’s power to move companies’ share prices seems to have evaporated. Amazon is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers”, tweeted the president in the morning, but investors no longer care what he thinks about individual companies. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Another steady performer is the Christmas pudding. A growing number of retailers are expected to offer premium revamps of the dessert this Christmas, including a Pedro Ximénez sherry and pear pudding at Morrisons and a gluten-free pudding at Lidl. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Summer has been a DIY disaster for the UK’s two biggest home improvement chains, which have reported falling sales as they struggle with wet weather and disruption from major restructuring plans. Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, reported a 4. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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.... Quidco and Topcashback are simple to use and let you earn while making purchases. Search for the retailer you want to buy from and click through to its website to shop as normal. ...
Customers feeling pinch take comfort in old-fashioned puds and pies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of August 2017 11:05:27 PM
....Another steady performer is the Christmas pudding. A growing number of retailers are expected to offer premium revamps of the dessert this Christmas, including a Pedro Ximénez sherry and pear pudding at Morrisons and a gluten-free pudding at Lidl. ...
A free railcard or a £2,000 overdraft? How to pick the best student account image
.... It normally costs £10 a year or £25 for three years, so the maximum it’s worth is £35, and gives students a third off the price of standard coach fares at any time. All the banks say they offer students cashback deals at various retailers but these are hard to quantify, so we have not added them to our table. ...
UK retailers say government must be tougher on obesity image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 18th of August 2017 06:14:38 PM
. British retailers have called for the government to take tougher action on tackling obesity and consider mandatory measures to ensure more companies make their products healthier. ...
Bunnings beware: the Homebase revolution is failing to shape up image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 06:45:27 PM
....Kingfisher has become an infuriating investment for its shareholders. It has preached the virtue of being a pan-European retailer for a decade but the benefits constantly seem to lie around the next corner. ...
Asda returns to sales growth thanks to price cuts and inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 12:17:23 PM
....8% in the three months to the end of June partly thanks to a boost from Easter trading. While Asda flagged its strategy of cutting prices on key items, a return to grocery price inflation spurred by the fall in the value of sterling is also likely to have helped the chain, owned by US retailer Walmart. ...
B&Q and Homebase sales hammered by bad weather image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 08:08:30 AM
....Summer has been a DIY disaster for the UK’s two biggest home improvement chains, which have reported falling sales as they struggle with wet weather and disruption from major restructuring plans. Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, reported a 4. ...
Toblerone shape not distinctive enough for trademark, Poundland claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 05:00:03 AM
....Toblerone is one of Poundland’s most popular products, with 11m bars sold last year. But the retailer says it decided to bring out Twin Peaks “in response to the unfavourable reception” that greeted Toblerone’s new version with fewer chunks, launched last year. ...
The fallout from Trump closing down his advisory panels is just beginning | Nils Pratley image
....Meanwhile, Trump’s power to move companies’ share prices seems to have evaporated. Amazon is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers”, tweeted the president in the morning, but investors no longer care what he thinks about individual companies. ...
Amazon stock market value falls by $5bn after critical Trump tweet image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 04:15:14 PM
. Donald Trump wiped over $5bn off Amazon’s stock market valuation on Wednesday with a tweet accusing the company of “doing great damage to tax paying retailers”. ...
End of the checkout line: the looming crisis for American cashiers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of August 2017 09:00:35 AM
.... It was also an exciting concept when IBM introduced it in 2006,” Witcher said, referring to a decade-old advertisement by IBM portraying a similar grab-and-go shopping experience. Witcher said successful retailers would incorporate technologies that improve customer experiences rather than simply eliminate jobs. ...
Fairtrade chief defends cocoa sourcing scheme with Cadbury owner image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 04:55:37 PM
....By 2019, Cadbury’s entire chocolate range in the UK and Ireland, including Flake, Twirl and Wispa, will display only a logo for Cocoa Life, the alternative sustainable sourcing scheme set up by Mondelēz that was unveiled last year. Charities and other Fairtrade chocolate makers and retailers have warned that the move could ultimately weaken the Fairtrade movement by confusing consumers with multiple logos. ...
Aw, Snapchat! Its shares stood little chance in the face of Facebook image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....These are two situations that, perhaps, the Bank could have handled better from the start. “Chancellor Osborne’s final austerity budget surprised the industry by its unilateral imposition of a statutory minimum living wage at well above expected levels,” reports Wilko, the family-owned homewares and households goods retailer, in its annual report for last year. ...
Get the measure of a new appliance … in depth image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 05:59:05 AM
....You did not need to worry about contacting AO. com as, like most major retailers, it has a goodwill returns policy offering an exchange or refund on goods that are not faulty. ...
Sainsbury’s says no to replacement for faulty Hotel Chocolat gift card image
.... If the company goes bust it’s worthless; if you lose it it’s usually irreplaceable. And if a card is faulty you’re caught between two retailers. ...
Contaminated eggs scare grows as UK supermarkets pull products image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 12:38:40 PM
....”. Affected retailers have been quick to point out that all of their raw eggs in shells are sourced from Britain and unaffected by the contamination scare. ...
Thousands of Asda workers face redundancy or reduced hours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 12:08:18 PM
....The Guardian has learned Asda is also looking at staffing levels in a further 59 of its supermarkets, though at present this is an informal process. The retailer is not looking to cut jobs in these stores but wants staff to agree to work in different departments when required. ...
Amazon paid just £15m in tax on European revenues of £19.5bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 08:15:53 AM
....”. Amazon Europe, which is based in Luxembourg and aggregates the billions of pounds of sales the retailer makes from individual countries across the continent, reported a pre-tax profit of €59. ...
Morrisons promises not to adopt brands using fake farm names image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 05:21:26 PM
....The Bradford-based grocer dropped a brand called Hemsley’s – a play on the real North Yorkshire town of Helmsley – more than a year ago. The retailer is urging shoppers to visit stores to meet real farmers who will explain the benefits of UK-grown food. ...
Cath Kidston's profits bloom as 'essential Britishness' sells worldwide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of August 2017 05:33:42 PM
....Cath Kidston won over UK shoppers with its trademark floral tablecloths, tea towels and crockery but the latest figures show the British brand is also going down a storm overseas. The homewares retailer said underlying profits had surged 27. ...
Green & Black’s new bar shows Fairtrade is under threat. But we still need it | Lucy Siegle image
.... It began with Sainsbury’s in June. Despite being the first UK retailer to switch all its bananas to Fairtrade, Sainsbury’s jettisoned the standard for its own-brand teas, switching to its own new standard. ...
Tesco to end sales of 5p carrier bags image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 7th of August 2017 11:14:58 AM
. The UK’s largest retailer is to stop selling “single use” 5p carrier bags in its UK stores from the end of the month, instead offering shoppers reusable “bags for life” costing 10p. ...
Staff at Tesco-owned One Stop demand better redundancy deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 01:10:10 PM
....Head office staff at the Tesco-owned One Stop convenience chain are fighting for a better redundancy package after it emerged employees on Tesco contracts were being offered a more generous payoff. At the start of this summer Tesco embarked on a cost-cutting programme, during which more than 2,300 people will leave the retailer in the coming months. ...
Henry vacuum is under warranty but the pipes are no longer covered image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 06:01:33 AM
.... However, the company should look at changing its warranty policy for non-commercial users, in my opinion. Had the company not done the right thing I would have advised you to return to the retailer and insist on some replacement parts. ...
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.... Time will tell whether the drinkers agree. Is Pets at Home still in the doghouse? The retailer has had a tumultuous time of late and investors will no doubt be listening closely on Tuesday when its management gives a trading update for the first quarter of the year. ...
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... But they’re not. A survey this week of retailers in Heathrow by price comparison site PriceSpy confirmed what a lot of us suspected. ...
Fitbit is giving me the runaround after their device burned my wrist image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 06:00:04 AM
.... I would have been straight back to John Lewis to demand a full refund. The Consumer Rights Act is clearly on your side – and it’s the retailer that you have the contract with. ...
Socially responsible retailers aim to end the ‘rent-to-own’ rip-off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 5th of August 2017 05:59:04 AM
....How can the store chain BrightHouse get away with charging someone up to £1,560 for a washing machine when the exact same model can be bought elsewhere for £599?. Perhaps it is examples like this that explain why the City watchdog this week tore a strip off “pay-weekly” retailers that target low-income families, saying it was concerned about the high costs and harmful consequences of this type of credit. ...
Pound PLUNGE: Holidaymakers get LESS than one euro in fresh getaway misery  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 01:14:00 PM
.... Pick up cash in branch to avoid delivery charges - The Post Office and Sainsbury’s are among currency providers that offer better rates if you follow this method. But the best rates are typically with currency specialists, as oppose to high street retailers. ...
Next shares climb 10% on news of online sales surge during heatwave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:49:40 PM
....”. The heatwave, which included the hottest June day for 40 years, has been good news for retailers, with supermarkets enjoying a pick-up in trade as people fired up their barbecues and stocked up on beer, ice-cream and paddling pools. ...
Sports Direct loses biggest independent investor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:40:54 PM
. Sports Direct has lost its biggest independent investor as some fund managers fear the crisis-hit retailer is incapable of addressing its corporate governance issues. ...
Millions of eggs removed from European shelves over toxicity fears image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 10:52:41 AM
....The president of the Dutch poultry producers’ union, Hennie de Haan, warned against an overreaction. “If other retailers follow the example of REWE, then the disaster cannot be overlooked”, she said. ...
Green & Black's new UK chocolate bar will be neither organic nor Fairtrade image
.... In the UK it is administered by The Fairtrade Foundation – an independent certification body that licenses the use of the ethical label on 5,000-plus products, from coffee and tea to bananas and flowers. Recently, the UK’s biggest Fairtrade retailer, Sainsbury’s, came under fire from charities and ethical campaigners for dropping the Fairtrade label on its own-brand tea. ...
Grocer Booths forced to call in accountants for financial health check image
....The firm has also come under attack from discounters Aldi and Lidl, like other established supermarkets, and faces fierce competition from bigger rivals and online players. Edwin Booth, the retailer’s executive chairman and chief executive, said: “These are turbulent times for the retail industry, which is rife with conjecture and speculation. ...
Why bitcoin and its digital cousins are under increasing scrutiny image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 03:54:14 PM
.... Supercharged increases in the value of bitcoin and ethereum, the two largest digital currencies, have recently driven the total value of cryptocurrencies to more than $100bn. Certainly, they are becoming more acceptable as money: consumers can buy a Dell computer with bitcoin and gift card businesses in the US accept bitcoin, which can then be used at big retailers such as Walmart, Amazon and Nike. ...
Jingle bells in July as Selfridges opens Christmas shop 147 days early image
....Selfridges, which also has branches in Manchester and Birmingham, will at its peak stock 130,000 products including 51,000 baubles, 65 light and tree options, and 80 different varieties of crackers. The retailer’s Christmas food range includes festive white chocolate and pistachio biscuits (£7. ...
One in five high-street estate agents risk going bust, study claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 05:00:39 AM
.... Retailers are shunning and shutting bricks and mortar shops. “The government needs to find a way to encourage retailers to give the high streets a face lift. ...
Mock chocs: is Poundland’s cut-price confectionery the answer to shrinkflation? image
....We couldn’t get hold of Twin Peaks, because – naturally – Poundland has run into legal difficulties over it. But what about the rest of the discount retailer’s range? Can they compete on flavour? The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so let’s get sick. ...
Can Jack Ma, Asia’s richest man, create 1m jobs in the US? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 30th of July 2017 06:30:12 AM
....A friend showed Ma the internet. He placed a toe on to the information superhighway with a one-word search – “beer” – and, two decades later, Ma is the richest man in Asia, head of an e-commerce and finance empire that includes Alibaba, one of the largest retailers in the world. ...
Saving Britain’s food supply: a manifesto to keep food on the table image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 08:25:51 PM
....Producers would be incentivised to get as good a rating for their food as possible; part of that would be a reduction in waste, and that has to be a good thing. Extending sustainability ratings to retailers themselves would again be an encouragement to reduce waste. ...
Capita told graduates to pay £21,000 for leaving unpaid training scheme image
....Capita, one of the UK’s largest outsourcing companies, has demanded payouts of up to £21,000 from graduates who tried to pull out of an unpaid training scheme under which they were not guaranteed a job. The company, which provides services ranging from electronic tagging of offenders to store card services for retailers and BBC licence fee collection, has been criticised for advertising a number of roles in its IT resourcing division that stipulate applicants must be a graduate and able to attend between two and four months of unpaid training in London or Manchester. ...
Tesco covers tampon tax for customers by cutting prices image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 28th of July 2017 05:36:40 PM
....Tesco has become the first UK supermarket to cover the cost of the tampon tax for customers, after it cut the price of nearly 100 women’s sanitary products by 5%. The retailer said that the move – which sees Tesco absorb the cost of VAT, set at 5% on sanitary items – would help women who found themselves in financial difficulty. ...
Sports Direct increases French Connection stake to 27% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 05:16:36 PM
....Under takeover rules, a shareholder owning shares worth 30% or more of a company’s stock must launch a formal takeover bid. Ashley has a long history of building strategic stakes in rival retailers, including Debenhams, online specialist Findel and, most recently, Game Digital. ...
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos – briefly – becomes world's richest man image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 04:20:59 PM
.... Amazon shares have soared this year – making the company worth more than $500bn. At the start of 2017, Bezos was ranked fourth-richest in the world, behind Gates, the investor Warren Buffett and Amancio Ortega, who founded Inditex, the company behind retailer Zara. ...
Donald Trump's tax cuts for the rich won't make America great again | Joseph Stiglitz image
.... To Trump’s team, this is collateral damage, the inevitable price that must be paid to give America’s plutocrats more money. But retailers such as Walmart, not just its customers, are part of the collateral damage, too. ...
Horsemeat scandal: businessman found guilty of fraud image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 02:52:58 PM
.... Their original owners had not been aware that they had been sold on for slaughter. DC Stephen Briars, the officer who led the case for the City of London police’s fraud squad said the case had been “unique and challenging”, adding: “These three men set out to deceive the suppliers, retailers and ultimately the consumer so that they could make more money. ...
Capita criticised over unpaid graduate training scheme image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 02:47:32 PM
....Capita, one of the UK’s largest outsourcing companies, has come under fire for a graduate scheme that involves up to four months of unpaid training. The company, which provides services ranging from electronic tagging of offenders to store card services for retailers and BBC licence fee collection, has advertised a number of roles in its IT resourcing division that stipulate applicants must be a graduate and able to attend a eight to 16 weeks of unpaid training in London or Manchester. ...
Mike Ashley wins high court battle over '£15m pub deal' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 09:30:42 AM
....Sports Direct’s shares hit the £8 price target in February 2014. The shares have since collapsed below £3, in part because of reputational damage caused by a Guardian investigation that revealed workers at the retailer’s Derbyshire warehouse were being paid less than the minimum wage. ...
The return of office music: is it better than silence – or much, much worse? image
....Sven Grundberg works at Soundtrack Your Brand, a Swedish Spotify spin-off that builds playlists for companies. Their clients are mostly retailers, but enquiries from offices are becoming more common. ...
Ed Sheeran fever helps drive rise of more than 10% in UK music sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 03:33:16 PM
....2% higher to £564m in the first half of 2017. Sheeran continues to divide critical opinion, not least with his recent cameo in hit TV series Game of Thrones, but there is no denying the fillip the Suffolk-raised artist has given to the UK music industry, entertainment retailers and services. ...
UK labour market tsar vows to jail rogue bosses image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 05:01:01 AM
....Metcalf’s first major public pronouncements in the role came almost two years after a Guardian investigation exposed how workers at Sports Direct’s Shirebrook, Derbyshire warehouse had been paid less than the minimum wage. Neither the retailer nor its employment agencies has been named and shamed by the business department, despite Sports Direct’s founder, Mike Ashley, admitting the breach during a parliamentary inquiry last year. ...
Brexit to push up cost of bangers as UK wholesale meat prices soar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 03:44:11 PM
....”. The scale of the wholesale price rises were confirmed by both the National Farmers’ Union and the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA), which represents the UK’s major abattoirs and meat processors – including the ABP Food Group, Karro and Tulip – which supply supermarkets and other retailers. ...
Tesco to extend same-day online delivery service across UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 03:24:21 PM
....Britain’s biggest supermarket chain said on Monday that the service, which is only available in London and rest of the south-east, will now be rolled out across the country, covering “over 99% of UK households”. Tesco claimed this would give it the “biggest reach of any retailer in the UK, stretching from the Shetland Islands in Scotland to Cornwall in south-west England”. ...
Asda considers bid for B&M that would give it access to local stores image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 04:11:01 PM
....Asda is considering a move for the discount chain B&M, in what would be the latest attempt by a major supermarket to diversify in the face of growing competition from cheaper rivals. A takeover of the budget retailer would be expected to cost more than £4bn. ...
Number of firms issuing profit warnings falls - but there may be worse to come image
....”. The most warnings issued during the quarter came from retailers, citing the impact of higher inflation on consumer spending. ...
Burgers and birdwatching? UK retail fights to make shopping a big day out image
....“Household debt is very much on the rise, as any positive performance in the retail sector over the last 12 months has nearly entirely been funded by credit,” said James Knightley, ING chief international economist who is a member of the KPMG/Ipsos retail thinktank. “With wage growth continuing to struggle, the uncertainty of Brexit negotiations and current unstable political climate, the spending power of the consumer and their ‘want’ to shop is diminishing and could spell trouble ahead for retailers in the UK,” he continues. ...
Big, bold … and broken: is the US shopping mall in a fatal decline? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 11:00:36 AM
.... The more time he spent there, the more it started to remind him of “immersive theatre” – the type of drama where the crowd becomes part of the action. These are creative people looking to solve a problem artists as well as retailers are facing, he says. ...
Don’t bin it … how we served the UK’s first ‘food waste wedding’ feast image
....The cafe obtains surplus food from a wide range of places including supermarkets, restaurants, wholesalers and food banks. This is always safe to eat and may simply have been over-ordered, failed to meet retailer specifications, or be close to its best before date. ...
Moss Bros outfit delivery isn’t its strong suit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 06:00:31 AM
....When I phoned up about our awful experience, I was told that they were too busy with Ascot to deal with my complaint. Moss Bros, which claims to offer more styles and sizes than any other British retailer, says Koolen’s case was an isolated incident. ...
UK court blocks £14bn class action case against MasterCard image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 10:39:18 PM
....The case centred on so-called interchange fees, the charges levied by credit and debit card companies such as MasterCard on merchants’ banks, which card companies say cover the costs of operating card services, security and innovation. It alleged these fees were a significant cost for retailers and were passed on through increased prices of goods and services to all UK consumers, including those who paid in cash and not just MasterCard holders. ...
Boots apologises over morning-after pill pricing row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 21st of July 2017 01:34:17 PM
....co/DAvDiN1hAq. Announcing the retailer’s change of stance on Friday night, a spokesman for Boots said: “Pharmacy and care for customers are at the heart of everything we do, and as such we are truly sorry that our poor choice of words in describing our position on emergency hormonal contraception has caused offence and misunderstanding, and we sincerely apologise. ...
Boots faces boycott over refusal to lower cost of morning-after pill image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 07:02:23 PM
....Rivals Tesco and Superdrug halved the price of the emergency contraceptive following a campaign from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), a leading provider of abortion care. The charity had written to retailers asking them to consider offering a more affordable product, after it was revealed that British women are forced to pay up to five times more than their European peers for the contraceptive. ...
Peak Bake Off? UK's home baking boom soggy bottom image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 05:31:44 PM
.... Only Dr Oetker, the German maker of icing, sprinkles, flavourings and other baking ingredients, increased sales volumes. Thomas Steel, an analyst at Kantar, told the Grocer trade journal that consumers are purchasing both less per trip and not as often: “Home baking across all retailers has seen brands being ousted by own-label ranges. ...
Quiz float makes fashion firm's founding family some of Scotland's richest image
....The high street fashion chain is set to be valued at £200m when it floats on Aim, the junior London stock market, later in July. The retailer was founded by entrepreneur Tarak Ramzan in the early 1990s but the windfall is being shared among nine family members including sons Sheraz and Haris, who will continue to work for the chain. ...
Warm weather drives UK shoppers back to the high street image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 02:21:55 PM
....“In any case higher inflation should prove transitory, falling back to 2% by the end of 2018. Indeed, there are already signs that the effect of the weaker pound on retailers’ costs is starting to wane. ...
Mr Kipling maker hit by shoppers' switch to own-label products image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 08:29:00 AM
....As households feel the squeeze, shoppers are seekingbetter value for money by heading to discount chains and buying budget basics. Premier said retailers are also cutting back on promotions, and it blamed the warm June weather for slowing sales of cooking sauces, flavourings and seasonings. ...
Mike Ashley brushes off 60% dive in profits as shares in Sports Direct rise image
....Ashley, the company’s billionaire founder, chief executive and majority shareholder, blamed the fall in profits on the decline in the value of the pound against the dollar, which he said had a “significant impact”. But shares in the retailer closed up nearly 11. ...
M&S slashes plastic use in food packaging to cut waste image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:01:11 AM
....As a result of so-called ‘Project Thin Air’, more than 140 of Marks & Spencer’s best-selling products have been redesigned and repackaged in smaller, less bulky packets containing the same amount of food as before. The biggest reductions have been achieved in the retailer’s popular popcorn range, with a 37% slimming down in pack size. ...
Gig economy: Financial advice for the self-employed  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . They may work for global giants such as online retailer Amazon, taxi hailing firm Uber and delivery service Deliveroo, but have no rights to holiday pay, sickness benefits or redundancy cash. ...
Asos app allows shoppers to snap up fashion image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 09:00:02 AM
.... Again. From seeing something you like to having a parcel winging its way to your home is now possible within seconds as new technologies reboot retailers’ websites for the smartphone age. ...
'The lipstick effect': Britons treat themselves as budgets tighten image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 08:00:01 AM
....“It’s clear that inflation is beginning to affect shopping habits too, with consumers diverting their spending to essentials,” said Kevin Jenkins, UK & Ireland managing director at Visa. Last month sofa retailer DFS issued a surprise profit warning, blaming falling consumer confidence for a slump in the number of visitors to its stores. ...
Why you might not be getting what you paid for image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
.... By 2014 this had fallen to just 257 – and they’re expected to cover many more areas, such as online scams. The inspection regime dates back to a time when food producers and retailers were largely local. ...
Is your money safe? Banks letting payments through WITHOUT your Pin or signature image
....Even if the wrong number is repeatedly entered, some customers have reported that they were still able to complete their transaction - sometimes without the requirement of their signature. Generally, a bank card will be blocked if a Pin number is entered incorrectly on three consecutive occasions, but some banks have admitted to allowing transactions even if the Pin is entered incorrectly - and simply ask for the retailer to obtain a signature from the customer. ...
Sports Direct buys 26% stake in Game Digital image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 06:59:54 AM
Lidl and Aldi go head-to-head offering cheap school uniforms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 11:00:37 PM
....A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said its new Tu school uniform range had over 200 options for customers, with a wide range of colours. Like other retailers, it typically offers items in multipacks - polo shirts in packs of three from £3. ...
Judge says Mike Ashley case is 'a lot more interesting' than others image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 06:07:26 PM
....Blue claims that during a night of heavy drinking in the Horse and Groom in Fitzrovia, central London, in January 2013 Ashley agreed to pay him £15m if Sports Direct’s shares doubled to £8. The shares did hit £8 but have since collapsed, in part because of reputational damage caused by a Guardian investigation that revealed the retailer was in effect paying staff in its warehouse less than the minimum wage. ...
Tesco faces in-depth investigation into £3.7bn Booker takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 08:31:46 AM
....Tesco operates more than 3,000 stores across the UK, while Booker supplies more than 5,000 stores under the Premier, Londis, Budgens and Family Shopper brands. The proposed deal would turn Britain’s biggest retailer into a major supplier to small retailers, serving 125,000 independent convenience stores as well as 468,000 restaurants and pubs. ...
Threats, bullying, lawsuits: tobacco industry's dirty war for the African market image
....BAT said that its products were for adult smokers only and that it would much prefer that stalls sold whole packets rather than single sticks, “given our investment in the brands and the fact there are clear health warnings on the packs. “Across the world, we have very strict rules regarding not selling our products to retailers located near schools. ...

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