UK retail quarter 4

Rising costs hurt retailers in Quarter 4

The health of the UK retail sector remained flat for the second consecutive quarter in Quarter 4 2016, as the year ended in the same state of health as it started. A rise in seasonal demand over Black Friday and in the run up to Christmas provided a boost for retailers, but any benefit was…

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UK retail quarter 4

Rising costs hurt retailers in Quarter 4

The health of the UK retail sector remained flat for the second consecutive quarter in Quarter 4 2016, as the year ended in the same state of health as it started. A rise in seasonal demand over Black Friday and in the run up to Christmas provided a boost for retailers, but any benefit was…

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Paul Martin joins The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has appointed Paul Martin as its newest member and co chairman, following his recent appointment to the role of UK Head of Retail at KPMG. Paul Martin will replace David McCorquodale, former UK Head of Retail at KPMG, who will be retiring at the end of April next year,…

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Retailers benefit from Brexit fallout

Retailers benefit from resilient demand in the fallout from Brexit

The recent decline in the health of the UK retail sector ended in Quarter 3 2016, with demand proving resilient in the face of rising costs and shrinking margins.   The overall health of the UK retail market flat-lined in Quarter 3 2016, following a decline of one point in Quarter 2. The RTT had,…

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Uncertain times ahead for retailers

The decline in the health of the UK retail sector is predicted to accelerate in Quarter 3 2016, with all three drivers of retail health – demand, margins and cost – expected to turn negative for the first time since 2011. This follows a downturn in health in Quarter 2.   The overall health of…

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James Sawley of HSBC is the latest member of the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank (RTT) has appointed a new industry specialist to its panel of retail experts. James Sawley will join the RTT from its next meeting on 12th July 2016. The panel meets quarterly to discuss issues and opportunities within the UK retail market, and to assess the overall health of the sector through…

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KPMG/IPSOS Retail Think Tank warns of a costly quarter ahead for retailers

KPMG/IPSOS Retail Think Tank warns of a costly quarter ahead for retailers

The health of the UK retail sector is expected to dip in Q2 2016, as retailers bear the brunt of soaring costs. The National Living Wage, a weak sterling, continued investment in channel shifts and rising petrol prices are expected to significantly outweigh improving consumer demand. The overall health of the UK retail market improved…

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