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P&H rescue bids

Rumoured P&H rescue bids called into question

Retail experts have questioned two rumoured rescue bids for struggling wholesaler Palmer & Harvey (P&H) by two private equity firms, one of which owns one...
supplier availability

Supply chain availability at its worst level according to wholesale bosses

Supplier availability is at its “worst ever” level, leading to service issues for wholesalers, lost sales and retailers migrating to other symbol groups. Speaking at...
Keith Tomes

Keith Tomes injects fresh impetus into century-old family store

Keith Tomes’ business has been in his family for nearly 100 years. With recent innovations including meat multibuys from his in-store butchery and fresh,...

The Sunday Times’ cover price set to rise for first time...

The Sunday Times’s cover price is set to increase by 20p and retailer margins will remain at 21%, effective from Sunday. The price will rise...
Hot dogs, food to go, sales increase, hot dog sales

Hot dogs increase food to go sales by £200

Retailers selling fresh American hot dogs have increased weekly food to go sales by as much as £200. Peter Lamb, of Lamb’s Larder in East...
Magazine, Christmas, Christmas magazines, Comag, DC Thomson

Independent retailers urged to maximise Christmas magazine opportunity

Independents can grow their share of Christmas editions and one shots in the craft and home interest sectors by displaying copies as early as...
Racing Post, sub-retailing, Citipost

Indies lose sub-retailing income on Racing Post

Retailers are set to lose out on sub-retailing income after betting shops in their areas signed new contracts to receive The Racing Post from...

Retailers raise tobacco margins to up to 12%

Retailers are raising their tobacco margins to up to 12% to help offset rising store costs following the ban on price-marked packs enforced in...
Top independents have employed more staff in the past year while jobs have been slashed across multiple c-stores, a new report shows.

Top independents boost staff as multiples slash jobs

Top independents have employed more staff in the past year while jobs have been slashed across multiple c-stores, a new report shows. The Local Shop...
Vicky and Mandeep Singh

Vicky & Mandeep Singh meet customer demand with a fresh and...

When customers told Vicky and Mandeep Singh they needed a good-quality fresh and chilled range in their local store, the brothers acted and expanded....

E-cig sales rocket after vape zone launched in-store

A retailer has increased his e-cigarette sales tenfold by creating a dedicated vape shop in his store. Jason Birks, who runs Moscis Convenience Store in...
branded bread

Branded sliced bread drives sales for indies compared to freshly-baked alternatives

Big brand packaged bread remains a major revenue driver for c-stores, compared to freshly-baked alternatives, retailers told RN. Julian Hull, of Nisa Local in Essex,...

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