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How will the rise in VAT affect the UK retail sector?

– VAT rise should have minimal impact on the health of retail sector, says Retail Think Tank –– But it could also inadvertently act as a catalyst for wider economic changes that may adversely affect retail spending – Part I: Executive Summary The rise in VAT to 20 percent in January 2011 is far from…

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How is the internet changing UK retail?

KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank White Paper #16 -Online retail is not killing the High Street says Retail Think Tank – -Far from it: the internet is helping good retailers become even better as fundamentals of retailing remain the same – Part I: Executive Summary Introduction The size of internet retailing has been the subject of…

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What are the prospects for UK retail in 2010?

– Looming economic factors could cause a “retail relapse” warns Retail Think Tank- Part I:  Executive Summary Introduction Many could be forgiven for thinking that the worst effects of the recession are over, following better news for the industry lately.  The KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank’s (RTT) latest Retail Health Index, which recorded an improvement in…

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What are the prospects for UK retailers in the year ahead?

Introduction The discussion for the KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank’s (RTT) latest white paper followed one of the toughest years of trading UK retailers have experienced for many years. In early 2009, at the time of the RTT’s quarter 1 meeting, the economic outlook was extremely challenging for retailers with an increasing number of insolvencies in…

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