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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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Retail Think Tank Warns of Business Failures in Downturn

Retail Think Tank Warns of Business Failures in Downturn

The KPMG/SPSL Retail Think Tank, which met last month, has warned of possible business failures in the expected downturn. The RTT debated the subject, ‘What are the secrets of successful retailing and how can retailers survive and prosper in a downturn?’ for its latest White Paper. Its warnings were in part based on its predictions…

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Retail Think Tank Says Quarter 3 Will Hit Retail with Double Whammy

Retail Think Tank Says Quarter 3 Will Hit Retail with Double Whammy

The latest deliberations from the KPMG/SPSL Retail Think Tank (RTT), the body of leading industry figures set up to provide a non-partisan guide to the true state of UK retail, reveal that over Quarter 2 2007, as it had forecast, the state of the health of retailing, based on the three key signifiers of Demand,…

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Retailers Do Better Than Expected in Q1 But Spring Has Come and Gone

Retailers Do Better Than Expected in Q1 But Spring Has Come and Gone

The latest deliberations from the prestigious KPMG/SPSL Retail Think Tank (RTT), the only non-partisan guide to the true state of UK retail by a group of leading industry figures (see below for full list), shows that the members underestimated the ability of retailers to maintain Margin and the desire of shoppers to ignore negative pressures…

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Christmas trading will not deliver the respite that UK retail craves

The Christmas 2006 trading period will be as good as – if not slightly better than – last Christmas but even this will not deliver UK retail the economic respite it is looking for, according to the latest deliberations of the KPMG / SPSL Retail Think Tank (RTT). In fact, the RTT believes that the…

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Retail Think Tank warns of fragile and nervous prospects for retail

Retail Think Tank warns of fragile and nervous prospects for retail

The inaugural meeting of the KPMG / SPSL Retail Think Tank (RTT) has concluded that the UK retail sector is in a fragile and nervous state, with demand growth slowing and with options for further cost cutting rapidly declining. The first meeting of the RTT – a collection of nine leading retail experts from across…

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