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: “The narrative of Quarter 1 2018 was very much the same as the previous 12 months, with food retailers propping up the weak trading conditions facing their non-food counterparts. A ‘proper’ winter, weak footfall reflective of post-Christmas lethargy, rising credit debt and ongoing heavy discounting, all conspired against retailers, and despite a tidy performance from the grocers it failed to keep the RHI from dropping another point in the quarter.”

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Non-food retailers stumble, causing retail health to drop to lowest level since 2013

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank has stated that retail health in the UK dropped in Quarter 1 2018 – delivering the second consecutive quarter of negative performance, and leaving retail health at its lowest level for nearly five years. The overall health of UK retail dropped one point in Quarter 1 2018. Non-food suffered significantly…

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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.