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RTT_Whitepaper_2009_02_02_WhatAreTheProspectsForUKRetailersInTheYearAhead

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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RTT_Whitepaper_2009_01_11_ChristmasTradingInTheRecessionTheChallengesAndPossibleImpacts

Christmas trading in the recession: the challenges and possible impacts

Introduction As we approach the key Christmas trading period, the KPMG/Synovate Retail Think Tank’s (RTT) latest discussion focused on the challenges and impacts the sector faces during this crucial time for retailers. Christmas trading in 2009 will be set against a backdrop of this year’s tough economic conditions, part of the longest recession the UK…

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RTT_Whitepaper_2008_08_01_PlanningInTheDarkHowDoesTheSevereLackOfInformationRegardingRetailPropertyInTheUKAffectTheSector

Planning in the dark: How does the severe lack of information regarding retail property in the UK affect the sector?

Introduction Over the course of the last two years the KPMG/SPSL Retail Think Tank (RTT) has observed that the health of British retailing is coming under increasing pressure from the rising cost base associated with running retail enterprises.  Property constitutes one of the key cost components and the perhaps surprising lack of reliable information about…

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RTT_Whitepaper_2008_02_01_DiscountingPromotionsAndSalesAreNowANormalPartOfRetailingPracticeButTheirWidespreadUseIsDetrimentalToTheHealthOfTheSector

Discounting, promotions and sales are now a normal part of retailing practice but their widespread use is detrimental to the health of the sector

Introduction The topic for this white paper was debated by the KPMG /SPSL Retail Think Tank in early 2008 during what is traditionally the main ‘sale season’ of the retailing year.  This was also timely as the Christmas shopping season of 2007 was widely reported as having been heavily reliant on discounting to drive footfall.…

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