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UK retail health continues to stagnate despite a brief summer boost

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has determined that retail health in Q3 2018 remained stagnant, despite the summer boost that has benefitted some retailers. Retail health in the UK has been negative or flat for 10 consecutive quarters Demand remains volatile, while margins remain under pressure as costs continue to rise Success in the all-important…

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UK retailers suffer ninth consecutive quarter of ill health

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) 2018 has determined that the health of the high street flatlined, in Q2 2018, keeping the Retail Health Index (RHI) at 79. Though this was better than forecast, it marks the ninth consecutive quarter of negative or flat performance, with the RTT anticipating a further point decline in Q3.…

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Retail health dips over Quarter 4 for first time in five years

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank has stated that retail health in the UK dropped in Quarter 4 2017 – the first time this has occurred over the golden quarter since 2012. The overall health of UK retail dropped one point in Quarter 4 2017. Increased demand during the Black Friday promotional period and in the…

Retail health in the UK

Retail Think Tank predicts first Q4 dip in retail health since 2012

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank has stated that Quarter 3 2017 brought some respite to retail health. After two quarters of decline, it levelled out, but it is predicted to drop again in Quarter 4. If true, this would represent the first time that retail health would have declined between a third and fourth quarter…