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ILLICIT TRADE

Latest news on illegal tobacco and alcohol trade

illicit tobacco

One in eight London independent retailers are selling illegal tobacco products from under the counter, according to JTI. The company also found 37% of consumers in the capital have purchased illegal cigarettes, with 28% claiming they...
illicit alcohol

The Government’s crackdown on illicit alcohol has led to instant sales rises – prompting calls for more to be done to combat other illegal products, such as tobacco. Retailers and wholesalers have reported a spike...

Last week, we submitted our recommendations to the Treasury ahead of what will be the final Spring Budget before the political event moves to the autumn under plans announced by the Chancellor at the...
price war on tobacco

Two weeks ago, I spent a fantastic day in one of Raj Aggarwal’s shops, where I got to chat to him and his staff, and witness first-hand the challenges they face. Tobacco was clearly...
Welsh assembly illicit tobacco

The NFRN has spoken out against a tobacco register for Welsh retailers and said more needs to be done to tackle the illicit tobacco trade. NFRN national president Ray Monelle and Welsh retailer John...
illicit trade

You would think the Government would be fully aware of the scope of the problem of illicit trade in tobacco in the UK. The Treasury certainly is – it loses £2.4bn in unpaid taxes...
Gantries ripped out

JTI has ripped out gantries from two stores found to be selling illicit tobacco as part of its ongoing commitment to fighting the black market. Retail Express can exclusively reveal that the manufacturer removed the...
Camelot suspends store

Camelot has suspended a retailer who has been stripped of his alcohol licence after his third conviction for selling illicit booze. The north-west London-based retailer has been suspended from selling lottery tickets by the...