The Retail Think Tank serves to give a balanced, considered, and unbiased view on what the true state of affairs for the retail sector is.

The Retail Think Tank has been conceived and created to provide the authoritative, credible and most trusted window on what is really happening in retail and to develop thought leadership on the key areas influencing the future of retailing in the UK. The intended audience for the outputs of the RTT is primarily retailers as well as anyone with an interest in all aspects of retail and retailing.

Has retail health improved?

Dr Tim Denison, head of retail intelligence, Ipsos Retail Performance, said: “It is apparent that much of the increase in sales throughout 2016 was sourced from savings and credit card expenditure, now we are seeing the household savings rate dip, and this will no doubt impact negatively on retailers as we head deeper into 2017. The RTT was unanimous in its assessment of the drivers of health in Quarter 1, but the guessing game begins now as we head into Quarter 2.” View Health Index

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KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank expects retail health to fall for two consecutive quarters for the first time since 2012

After six quarters of consolidation, the health of the UK retail sector fell back in Quarter 1 2017, weakening demand, squeezed margins and rising costs all contributed to the deterioration. The Retail Health Index was predicted to fall again in Quarter 2 – which would be the first time there has been consecutive drops since…

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Our Members - Providing authoritative, credible and trusted opinions on what is really happening in retail.

The members of the Retail Think Tank cover a broad spectrum of specialities, with each individual offering a unique perspective on the retail market.

The board meet each quarter to discuss, analyse and dissect the current state of retail and look ahead to the next three months and beyond.