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AUGUST 2019: “Retail 2025”

Six years is a long time in any industry, although with the fortunes of retailers being so intrinsically linked to the slightest deviations to the economy, consumer confidence, advancements in technology, political legislation and societal changes, 2025 will almost certainly bring with it a very different retail industry than we see today. At the latest…

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What is the true state of spend in retail versus other categories?

April 2019 There has been a general understanding in recent years that the retail sector has been proportionally losing sales and its share of consumers’ disposable income to the leisure sector. Whether or not this paints an accurate picture of the true state of consumer spend is the topic of the latest KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think…

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The short and medium-term impact of Brexit on the retail sector

In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, political uncertainty had led to a dampening of consumer confidence In the medium-term, as currency hedging unwinds, the cost of goods purchased overseas will effectively become more expensive. The debate for retailers will then be whether to increase prices or absorb the loss into margins In the…

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The future of the grocery sector in the UK

‐  Price wars are a “race to the bottom” and could deter future investors‐   Shift to convenience store shopping has been driven by retailers ‐ not consumers  ‐  But convenience stores sales are now so significant they  risk rendering hypermarkets obsolete in their current form ‐   ‘Drive through’ supermarkets and free doorstep delivery…