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Marks & Spencer's row over Muslim refusal to sell alcohol

LONDON, UK: British retailer Marks & Spencer faced criticism after it emerged that it allows Muslim staff to refuse to sell customers pork or alcohol.

24 Dec 2013 06:47


Burberry says sales boosted by shoppers in emerging economies

LONDON, UK: British luxury clothing and handbag maker Burberry said on Wednesday that sales rose in its first quarter, boosted by strong growth in the Asia Pacific region and in the Americas.

12 Jul 2013 10:27


South African fast-food giants make strides in UK

SA's quick-service restaurant groups are seeing an improvement in the UK market‚ where trading over the past few years has been difficult as rising labour costs and depressed consumer spending weighed on operations.

By Zeenat Moorad 5 Jul 2013 07:29


The lure of airport shopping

LONDON, UK: Airport shopping marks the end of terminal boredom: Over one in ten European travellers look forward to shopping at airports.

11 Jun 2013 11:34


Steers heads for UK

Steers' iconic flame-grilled burgers will make their way to the UK‚ when parent company Famous Brands (Fbr) opens its maiden outlet in Clapham‚ London in July.

By Zeenat Moorad 30 May 2013 16:32


D&AD Awards: The nominations

LONDON, UK: Here are the nominations for the D&AD Awards. See this year's In Book winners and Nominations below. Yellow Pencil winners will be revealed on Wednesday 12 June at the Awards Ceremony.

22 Apr 2013 11:05


Shoppers believe private label are national brands in different packaging

LONDON, UK: Brand loyalty towards food and drink in the UK grocery market is declining at a sharp rate, research conducted by Canadean in February 2013 reveals.

6 Mar 2013 11:19


High price inflation drives highest retail growth since recession began

LONDON, UK: UK retail is set to grow by 1.8% in 2013 with total retail spend hitting £300.7 billion - though this is nowhere near the pre-recession growth levels it is the highest rate of growth since the recession began. However this is largely down to rising prices, according to a report from SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, and Verdict called How the UK will shop in 2013.

21 Jan 2013 12:09


2013 at a glance: Five crucial consumer trends business leaders should know

LONDON, UK / JOHANNESBURG, SA: Turbulent times were predicted on the back end of 2012. The ANC Mangaung conference precipitated very little stormy seas other than an anti-climactic conclusion. The Mayan apocalypse materialised into nothing but an ordinary day. In fact with so many forecasts for change and a chasm of chaos, one may tend to be a bit sceptical with further predictions of change.

By *David Mattin and Saint-Francis Tohlang 8 Jan 2013 07:55


London strike hurts bargain hunters

LONDON, UK: Strike action heavily disrupted London's Underground train network on Wednesday (26 December), as hundreds of thousands of bargain hunters headed to the shops for the traditional Boxing Day sales held by retailers throughout the city.

27 Dec 2012 09:24


Boost website performance and retain customers

Riverbed study reveals online retailers need to increase website performance during holiday season to retain customers.

9 Dec 2012 16:41


Multiple retailers closures accelerate to average of 20 stores a day

LONDON, UK: From a net increase in 2009 of 1.2%, multiple retailers have for the second consecutive period shown a decline in their numbers, from -0.25% in 2011 to -1.4% in the first half of 2012. This is a net reduction of 953 shops in the first half of 2012 compared to 174 shops in the whole of 2011.

24 Oct 2012 11:21


ASOS catwalk looking crowded as House of Fraser steps it up

LONDON, UK: House of Fraser has knocked ASOS off top spot to become the most visible site for fashion retail-related searches, reveals the latest research from leading independent digital marketing agency, Greenlight.

9 Oct 2012 10:58


All polished up - nail make-up steals the show in UK cosmetics market

LONDON, UK: While consumers have no control over what happens with national economics, they can control their personal appearance and it seems that today, this is exactly what they are doing. Indeed, according to latest research from Mintel in to colour cosmetics, make-up displays just how recession-proof the sector is, with UK retail sales of colour cosmetics putting on a good performance in 2011, with market value up by over 8% from 2010 (when the market was valued at £1.28bn) shoring up sales of a stunning £1.38bn.

11 Sep 2012 11:12


Victoria's Secret - set to seduce UK lingerie shoppers

LONDON, UK: Honor Westnedge, senior retail analyst, gives her expert opinion: Victoria's Secret will refresh the UK lingerie market on Tuesday with the opening of its first store in London's Westfield Stratford. Its innovative products, marketing and fashionability look set to seduce British consumers.

By Verdict Research: Opinion 4 Sep 2012 13:12


Environmentally friendly purchases heat up in emerging markets

NEW YORK, US: Purchases of environmentally protective products have grown significantly in two of the world's leading markets - China and Brazil; but the widespread perception that these products are too expensive may be blocking deeper adoption.

21 Aug 2012 11:16


1 in 8 European smartphone owners conducted a retail transaction on their device

LONDON, UK: comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released an overview of mobile commerce usage across the five leading European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) using the comScore MobiLens service.

2 Aug 2012 13:52


July sees no change to the UK's consumer confidence

LONDON, UK: Nick Moon, managing director of Social Research at GfK, comments: "According to the latest GDP figures, the economy has suffered a further 0.7% decline between April and June. This is the third quarter in a row the economy has contracted, meaning the UK is now stuck in the worse double-dip recession since modern records began. It is not surprising therefore that the Index has remained the same this month, as consumer confidence remains as stagnant as the economy."

31 Jul 2012 12:10


Verdict comment: Chanel: pop-up store will benefit from influx of Olympic tourists

LONDON, UK: Following the arrival of a number of other pop-up stores in the Covent Garden area, Chanel opened its first UK pop-up store on the main piazza on 24 July 2012 - just in time to benefit from the increased footfall in London driven by the Olympics. As well as stocking the full range of Chanel beauty products, it also boasts a first-of-its-kind nail bar.

30 Jul 2012 06:29


Consumers falling out of love with M&S

LONDON, UK: M&S regroups after dismal clothing sales and the exit of director Kate Bostock.

11 Jul 2012 13:34


Sales of digital cameras decline as consumers snap up smartphones

LONDON, UK: The camera and video camera - once an essential for every summer holiday, but new research from Mintel finds fewer Brits may be packing their cameras and camcorders this summer, instead relying on the smartphone. Sales of digital cameras have fallen dramatically, declining by as much as 29% since 2006, to a value of £598m in 2011.

By Mintel Oxygen Reports 5 Jul 2012 12:07


Only a quarter of contactless card owners have ever made a contactless payment

LONDON, UK: With evolving technology, a growing emphasis on a cashless society and a demanding, time-poor culture, products that aim to make consumer payments as easy as possible are rapidly appearing on the market.

16 May 2012 12:13


April UK consumer confidence unchanged

LONDON, UK: Nick Moon, managing director of Social Research in GfK, comments: "The figures this month will not offer the government any relief in light of the news that the economy has slipped back into recession.

10 May 2012 12:15


The beauty of social media engagement...

LONDON, UK: While Britain's beauty and personal care industries increasingly look to take advantage of the opportunities offered by an increasingly online - and vocal - audience, understanding their behaviour while there is crucial to future success.

7 May 2012 12:42


IKEA is UK's favourite retailer

LONDON, UK: A poll of over 6 000 consumers, carried out by Verdict Research (one of the Datamonitor group of companies), reveals that Swedish furniture specialist IKEA is the nation's favourite retailer. IKEA's win demonstrates the importance of fulfilling consumer needs each time they visit your store or website with the right product mix. The retailer knows its consumers well and meets their needs consistently.

23 Apr 2012 12:45


Maximizer Software hosts free CRM webinar

BRACKNELL, UK: Maximizer Software - a leading provider of simple, accessible and affordable customer relationship management (CRM) systems - is hosting a free webinar to help sales teams improve their performance of their CRM systems.

13 Apr 2012 09:28


New iPad tops three million

CUPERTINO, US: Apple has announced it has sold three million of its new iPad, since its launch on Friday, March 16. The new iPad features a new Retina display, Apple's new A5X chip with quad-core graphics, a 5 megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics for capturing photos and 1080p HD video, and the same all-day 10 hour battery life*.

22 Mar 2012 08:37


Apple ousts LG as third largest mobile phone vendor by volume

LONDON, UK: Malik Saadi, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media, comments on mobile phone vendors' 4Q11 results, which show that Apple has ousted LG as the third largest mobile phone vendor by volume.

9 Feb 2012 08:19


Global consumer confidence increases 1 point in Q4 2011

NEW YORK, US: Global consumer confidence increased one index point last quarter to 89, while Europe led confidence declines in 24 of the region's 27 measured markets, according to fourth quarter 2011 global consumer confidence findings from Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy.

8 Feb 2012 12:14


Tablet market set to explode, but...

LONDON, UK: According to the latest research from Informa Telecoms & Media, the tablet market will explode over the next five years with retail revenues increasing from US$34.5 billion in 2011 to US$121.5 billion in 2016. However, the company's research also shows that telecom operators will lose out while independent retailers are more likely to benefit from tablet sales.

27 Jan 2012 08:12

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