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Times have been ferociously tough in high streets for seven years or more. But property firm Colliers International reckons the growth in internet trading may plateau and, with enlightened policies, a new style of high street could prosper seven years from now.

Better times for High Street UK?

THE UK’s struggling High Street retail economy is likely to return to its former health according to one of the country’s leading property agents. But...
SKITTLES is joining forces with David Cameron’s current favourite pastime, Fruit Ninja.

Skittles go ninja – Brand offers free download

SKITTLES is joining forces with David Cameron’s current favourite pastime, Fruit Ninja. The sweets brand is offering a new smartphone game, available to download free...
Till point sweets under threat?

Till point sweets under threat?

Draft government policy asks retailers and caterers to remove all confectionery from point of sale SCOTLAND’S retailers, including convenience store operators, look set to be...
HMRC officials worked for 48 hours to remove duty-fraud alcohol from three storage untis in the English Midlands.

Scots brands in duty swoop

Glens and Smirnoff seized and counterfeit High Commissioner labels found as English scheme is busted THOUSANDS of litres of Scottish-produced vodka, sold to be distributed...
A spell of good weather in May saw sales of barbecue meats, charcoal, picnic snacks and salads increase. Food price inflation decreased and overall prices actually fell.

May weather lifts the retail mood

Monitor findings show Scottish sales are better than before but still lag behind overall UK performance SCOTTISH stores reported slow but steady growth throughout May,...

Diamond buy for Brookfield

DRINKS marketing firm Brookfield Drinks has acquired Diamond cider from C&C group. The company plans to reposition Diamond as part of a portfolio of...

Horsemeat probe boss named

PROFESSOR Chris Elliott, a food security expert based in Belfast, will lead the independent inquiry into the horsemeat scandal. Elliot heads the Queen’s Institute...

Date set for Motherwell superstore decision

STORE operators in Motherwell should hear soon whether they will have to face competition from a giant supermarket. Scottish Government ministers have given themselves a...
Red wine drinkers spend most on take-home drinks says the latest market report from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. In a generally gloomy 12 months for drinks sales spiced rums were among the few drinks to show significant sales growth.

Take-home drinks sales still falling

DRINKERS are consuming less at home as well as on nights out according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association’s latest market report. Off-trade...
Kantar Worldpanel said Aldi once again took a record share of British grocery spending. It now accounts for 3.6% of British grocery sales, said the researcher.

Discounters still on the march

Aldi and Lidl grow ahead of giants and Waitrose also soars BRITAIN’S giant supermarkets continue to lose out to smaller supermarket operations at different ends...
Summer bubbles

Summer bubbles – New flavour from Barr

AG BARR has given its fizzy drinks range the summertime blues with the launch of a limited-edition Bubblegum flavour. Available until early October, the company...
Mark Thomson, Kantar Worldpanel

Scotland sticks with brands

IN a sandwich, toasted under the grill or grated on top of pasta, cheddar remains the most popular type of cheese in Britain, accounting...
Spar - most trusted says report

Spar – most trusted says report

NEW research has shown that the country’s most trusted convenience store chain is Spar, depended on by almost a third of UK shoppers (31%). Independent...
COCA-Cola’s Share a Coke summer campaign that features personalised bottles of the world’s biggest-selling soft drink has gone on the road.

Name your own – Tour for Coca-Cola

COCA-Cola’s Share a Coke summer campaign that features personalised bottles of the world’s biggest-selling soft drink has gone on the road. Kicking off in...
May 31 was the World Health Organisation’s 2013 No Tobacco Day. One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies wonders if anti-smoking lobbyists have properly thought through the issues

Be careful what you wish for

May 31 was the World Health Organisation’s 2013 No Tobacco Day. One of the world’s biggest tobacco companies wonders if anti-smoking lobbyists have properly...

CJ Lang takes two more – Carnoustie stores aquired

SPAR wholesaler and retailer CJ Lang has bought two Spar stores and post offices in Carnoustie from independent retailer and former Scottish Grocers’ Federation...