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Retail Update - November 2018

Posted At: 15 November 2018 16:54 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, General, Retailers, Store Closures

Pragma's SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the past month read more...


Retailer View - Benito's Hat

Posted At: 14 November 2018 16:57 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Given the challenging nature of the casual dining market we take a look at the expanding Mexican restaurant chain Benito's Hat. read more...


Retail Update - September 2018

Posted At: 24 September 2018 00:16 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Retailer Spotlight - everyone needs a place to Lounge

Posted At: 17 September 2018 18:25 PM
Related Categories: General, Retailers

In the current retail climate where food & beverage retailers seem to be suffering, café, bar, and restaurant group Loungers is bucking the trend, having embarked on an ambitious and rapid growth strategy. read more...


Retail Update - August 2018

Posted At: 17 August 2018 00:44 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Retailer Spotlight – Hobbycraft continues to grow

Posted At: 13 July 2018 14:18 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Arts and craft retailer Hobbycraft continues to defy the current retail gloom, having reported its eighth consecutive year of sales growth. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Whistles continues a good song

Posted At: 29 June 2018 14:00 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

In a retail world currently full of negativity, it is pleasing to read that contemporary high street retailer Whistles is targeting 33 new store openings throughout the UK and Ireland. read more...


Retail Update - May 2018

Posted At: 30 May 2018 00:53 AM
Related Categories: General, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Heron Foods

Posted At: 22 May 2018 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

In a time when retail chains throughout all the different sectors are struggling comes the recently reported news that discount grocery retailer Heron Foods is expanding. read more...


Retail Update - April 2018

Posted At: 24 April 2018 00:20 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month... read more...


Retail Spotlight - The turbulence continues for fashion retailers

Posted At: 21 February 2018 16:43 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

This month's Spotlight takes a look at the struggling UK fashion market read more...


Retail Update - February 2018

Posted At: 20 February 2018 17:15 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month... read more...


Retail Update - January 2018

Posted At: 22 January 2018 10:22 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month read more...


Unreserved Western Europe Expansion For Polish Retailer, Reserved

Posted At: 19 January 2018 14:50 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

This Retailer Spotlight takes a look at Polish retailer Reserved and its debut UK store as it plots expansion. read more...


Retail Update - December 2017

Posted At: 14 December 2017 17:17 PM
Related Categories: General, Retailers

With all the stats pointing towards a dismal Christmas trading period, and inflation hitting six-year high, here are some highlights from the past month to cheer you up read more...


Retail Spotlight - It’s beginning to look a lot like an Amazon Christmas

Posted At: 20 November 2017 16:18 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

In this month's Spotlight, we are looking at Amazon and it's Christmas strategy. read more...


Retail Update - October 2017

Posted At: 20 October 2017 14:12 PM
Related Categories: Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the last month. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - The Card Factory sends mixed messages

Posted At: 11 October 2017 11:51 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

This month's Spotlight looks at Card Factory as it opens its 900th store following an aggressive roll-out programme... read more...


Retailer Spotlight - No child’s play for Toys R Us

Posted At: 26 September 2017 00:10 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

In this month's Spotlight, we're looking at Toys R Us and the impact online competition is having on the toy retailer following bankruptcy proceedings in the US... read more...


Retail Update - September 2017

Posted At: 20 September 2017 15:26 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the past month read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Leon reimagines roadside eating with Roadchef

Posted At: 21 August 2017 10:25 AM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retailers

In this month's Spotlight, we're looking at how Leon is forging a partnership with Roadchef as part of plans to grow its network. read more...


Retail Update - August 2017

Posted At: 18 August 2017 00:33 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s SnapShop brings you a snapshot of the UK retail environment for the past month. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Amazon continues on its disruptive path

Posted At: 12 July 2017 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail, Retailers

In this month’s Spotlight, we’re looking at how Amazon remains on track to leave no corner of the retail space untouched by its disruptive strategy. read more...


Retail Update - June 2017

Posted At: 16 June 2017 11:39 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

May was a month of change on the high street. German womenswear brand Basler fell into administration; Joy was bought out of administration by its owners in a pre-pack deal; and Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquired the Jaeger name. Additionally, Edinburgh Woollen Mill embarked on a new department store concept, Days, which launched in a former BHS store in Carmarthen. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Mountain Warehouse Scales New Heights

Posted At: 14 June 2017 11:51 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

FSP's SnapShop June Spotlight takes a look at Mountain Warehouse, as the retailer marked 20 years of uninterrupted growth in its latest full year results. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Coconuts drive a record year for Pret a Manger

Posted At: 17 May 2017 15:58 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Pret A Manger could be offering more free coffee to customers as sales reached another record year in 2016. The cafe chain reported sales rising 15% to £776.2m in the year to the end of December, with like-for-like sales rising 4.8%. It opened 50 new shops, 31 of which were in the UK, bringing its total up to 444. read more...


Retail Update - April 2017

Posted At: 26 April 2017 10:20 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

The latest retail update from FSP for the last month read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Premier League Results for JD Sports

Posted At: 13 April 2017 00:57 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

JD Sports is leading a sprint finish on Britain’s high streets as it announces an 81% leap in profits for the the year to 28 January. As other retailers continue to struggle with a weak pound, wage increases and the pull of online shopping – now accounting for 40% of all fashion sales - the group saw pre-tax profits rise to £238.4m last year read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Troubling Times for Womenswear

Posted At: 16 March 2017 14:17 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers, Womenswear Retailer

Toughening trading conditions and increasing competition on the high street lead to troubling times for womenswear retailers read more...


FSP View: Will F&B Remain the Great Retail Saviour?

Posted At: 22 February 2017 14:20 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers, Town & Shopping Centre Management

Here at FSP, whilst on balance being highly positive about the future for F&B in retail environments, we are cautious about some of the signals that it’s impossible to ignore. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Aldi steps ahead as UK’s fifth largest supermarket

Posted At: 14 February 2017 16:15 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Aldi, the German-owned supermarket, has overtaken the Co-op to become the UK’s fifth largest supermarket. New figures from Kantar Worldwide show that a 12.4% year-on-year sales rise has taken Aldi’s market share to 6.2%, ahead of the Co-op's 6%. read more...


Retailer Spotlight: Corks pop as Majestic enjoys Christmas sales boost

Posted At: 23 January 2017 17:10 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

A combination of the “year of gin” and soaring sparkling wine sales have helped Majestic Wine celebrate its best Christmas to date. For a business that draws nearly a third of annual sales in the Christmas period, a strong festive season is critical. The boost is welcome news for the retailer, which issued a profit warning in September following a failed US marketing campaign and poor business customer performance. read more...


Retail Update - January 2017

Posted At: 23 January 2017 00:17 AM
Related Categories: Retail Statistics, Retailers

2016 has certainly been a tumultuous year both in the UK and abroad, with major decisions having taken place surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU, and indeed the election of Donald Trump as US president. Both of which are likely to have significant impacts on the UK and the spending power of its consumers, but that remains a tale for this year as events surrounding both unfold over the forthcoming months read more...


Retail Update - December 2016

Posted At: 16 December 2016 12:40 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

As we rapidly head towards the end of 2016, it has been pleasing to see that no administrations have been recorded on SnapShop since our last update. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Patisserie Valerie has its cake

Posted At: 05 December 2016 00:46 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

This month we’re looking at Patisserie Valerie, who, with 21 new stores opening last year, has been making headlines with record results. read more...


Retail Update - November 2016

Posted At: 18 November 2016 00:29 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, SnapShop has recorded three administrations. read more...


The Entertainer - let me Entertainer you

Posted At: 08 November 2016 00:48 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

On track to expand both its national and international footprint, this month’s Spotlight looks at The Entertainer. With soaring online sales underpinning UK and international expansion, the toy specialist recently posted its seventh consecutive year of growth. read more...


Retail Update - October 2016

Posted At: 20 October 2016 16:45 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailer At Risk, Retailers

Since our last update, bakery and catering company Peyton and Byrne has gone into administration following the loss of contracts at London’s Kew Gardens and the British Library. The bakery business has been sold as a separate entity to Peyton and Byrne Bakeries Limited, a new business owned by the Peyton family, and its five existing public catering contracts have been sold as part of a pre-packaged sale to foodservice company Sodexo. read more...


Retail Update - September 2016

Posted At: 20 September 2016 10:54 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

No administrations have been reported since our last update; in fact many retailers seem to be announcing ambitious expansion plans along with those making their debut in the UK such as Australian retailer Typo read more...


Retailer Spotlight - The Works

Posted At: 15 September 2016 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

With the news that The Works has delivered the most profitable year in its history, FSP takes a look back at the strategies that have driven its growth over the years. read more...


Retailer Spotlight - Mothercare

Posted At: 25 July 2016 00:26 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Nursery retailer Mothercare is making steady progress on its turnaround plans, having reported its first statutory profit in five years in its latest financial year to March 2016. read more...


Retail Update - July 2016

Posted At: 21 July 2016 16:16 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail Marketing, Retailers

A lot has happened since our last update – 52% of the UK decided we would be better off out of the EU; BHS has started closing stores as no buyer has been found; Taking Shape has shut all UK stores and appointed a liquidator to its UK subsidiary; My Local fell into administration; and, Store Twenty One is looking to close 82 stores having had its CVA approved. read more...


Retailer Spotlight – New Look

Posted At: 08 June 2016 00:58 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Having started life a teen fashion retailer in 1969, New Look has come a long way since its humble beginnings; from upping its game to offer clothing to a more mature woman, branching out into menswear and standalone men’s stores, and expanding internationally. All things of which have led to New Look to report a significant year in its latest accounting period. read more...


Retail Update - May 2016

Posted At: 19 May 2016 17:13 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailer At Risk, Retailers

Since our last update, when BHS and Austin Reed Group had negotiated CVAs, both have now succumbed to administration. Although both have attracted a lot of interest, no announcement has yet been made regarding the future of these iconic brands. read more...


Retailer Spotlight – Mountain Warehouse

Posted At: 17 May 2016 14:25 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Since its humble beginnings nearly 20 years ago, Mountain Warehouse has embraced the changing face of physical and digital retail to become a familiar face on the high street and specialist in outdoor clothing and equipment. read more...


Retailer Spotlight – Shoon

Posted At: 26 April 2016 17:20 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Shoon – a little-mentioned footwear retailer in the press over the past year – has been making headlines in recent weeks having worked quietly to return to profit. FSP takes a look at this retailer and the changes it has made to get this far. read more...


Retail Update - April 2016

Posted At: 21 April 2016 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

With the CVAs of Beales and BHS approved last month, April saw Scottish independent Xile Clothing fall into administration and subsequently rescued by JD Sports-owned Tessuti. read more...


Retail Update - March 2016

Posted At: 29 March 2016 00:27 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail Statistics, Retailers, Store Closures

The past month has seen a bit of turmoil on the high street, although no administrations have been recorded on SnapShop. BHS proposed a CVA at the beginning of March which was subsequently approved this week to enable it to reduce rents in 40 loss-making stores as it looks to continue to trade through its turnaround plan read more...


Retailer Spotlight – Abercrombie & Fitch

Posted At: 25 February 2016 13:42 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Following the news that Abercrombie & Fitch has been ranked as America’s most hated retailer according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), FSP takes a look back at what they may have done to deserve this title. read more...


Burgers – the eating out trend of 2015

Posted At: 03 February 2016 16:22 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The news towards the latter end of 2015 seemed to be dominated by ‘upmarket’ burger brands either expanding their operations or making their debut in the UK market. It is therefore no surprise that analysis of 2015 booking data by Bookatable found that burger restaurants had seen the biggest increase in bookings over the last year. read more...


Retail Update - January 2016

Posted At: 26 January 2016 10:40 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update Christmas has come and gone and we have the first retail casualty of 2016 – Brantano. Having been loss-making for a number of years, Brantano’s demise was not unexpected. Macintosh Retail Group sold Brantano and sister company Jones Bootmaker to Alteri in November 2015 who subsequently appointed advisers to look at options for the chain. read more...


The Weird and Wonderful

Posted At: 21 December 2015 17:14 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

With 2015 coming to an end and Milk Tray thinking its new possible additions to the infamous box of chocolates will appeal to health conscious consumers – wasabi, kale and beetroot. read more...


Retail Update - December 2015

Posted At: 17 December 2015 16:24 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

December has again been quiet on the administration front with nothing recorded on SnapShop. Rumours have been flying around concerning the future of BHS, but with their recent high profile appointments we will be keeping a close eye on them as Retail Acquisitions continues to turn the chain around. read more...


Retailer Spotlight – Joules

Posted At: 09 December 2015 00:25 AM
Related Categories: Retailers, Womenswear Retailer

Lifestyle retailer Joules has had an extremely successful year, and in FSP eyes is a very fitting finish to 2015’s Retailer Spotlight series. Having posted record full year revenues in 2014 Joules went on to report a successful Easter trading period leading to further increases in full year 2015 that saw total revenue rise 22% to £117 million. read more...


Retail Update - November 2015

Posted At: 20 November 2015 16:30 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

October has been a fairly quiet month in terms of administrations, with the exception of Garage Shoes which underwent a pre-pack administration saving jobs and stores. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Reiss sees profits treble

Posted At: 16 November 2015 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

In an economy where we are seeing retailers constantly struggling and consumer confidence rising one month and falling the next, you might not expect to see any retail brands doing well. However, Reiss seems to be bucking the trend. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Growth is anything but casual - Casual Dining Group

Posted At: 14 October 2015 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The UK food and beverage sector has seen a frenetic pace of merger and acquisition activity in the past months, with private equity in particular showing a strong appetite for the restaurant sector. The Casual Dining Group (CDG), formerly known as Tragus Group, has been a key mover within this trend. Its purchase of the Spanish tapas chain La Tasca for £25m in September followed the acquisition of Las Iguanas, the 41-strong nationwide Latin-American restaurant-bar earlier this year. read more...


BHS – Changing its strategy for better or worse?

Posted At: 25 September 2015 15:20 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

BHS has featured in the news a lot recently, with articles concerning the funding it has secured for its turnaround and the details of that turnaround which seem to be pitting it against the likes of M&S, albeit on a cheaper scale. All the news seems to be good, but, does BHS know where it’s going? read more...


Fat Face: growing home and away

Posted At: 16 September 2015 00:25 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Casual clothing brand Fat Face has announced ambitious growth plans as it expands into the US market. read more...


Retailer Spotlight- Pretty Green

Posted At: 28 July 2015 00:54 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Pretty Green, the men’s fashion brand and high-street chain founded by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, has announced a profit for the first time since launching six years ago. With stores in the UK and Japan, sales reached £15.1 million, up 38%, generating pre-tax profits of £43,000 in 2014, compared with a £2 million loss a year earlier. It is anticipated these results will make a strong case to support the company’s recently announced fundraising drive as it looks to continue its expansion both in the UK and internationally. read more...


Retail Update - July 2015

Posted At: 23 July 2015 16:49 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

There have been no administrations recorded on SnapShop since our last update. In fact, much of the news reported recently has been very positive and concerns retailers across the spectrum announcing ambitious expansion programmes throughout the UK and abroad, and retailers making their debut in the country, such as Australian stationer Kikki.K looking to take on the likes of Paperchase. read more...


Click and Collect evolves again

Posted At: 10 July 2015 10:47 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The constant need to match customers buying habits and needs together with technological advances has led most retailers to look at how customers order and in recent years to offer click and collect as an option. Together with the more traditional channels such as online and in store. Most retailers have embraced this omnichannel approach, others have been slower on the uptake. read more...


Waitrose: Pushing back on traditional discounting

Posted At: 23 June 2015 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

It seems that Waitrose is hitting back at discount rivals such as Aldi and Lidl by announcing a price cutting initiative for its loyal customers. The scheme allows customers to choose where their discount goes each time they shop. Waitrose is offering this initiative for a limited time over the summer months and will offer a selection of almost 1,000 products for its customers to choose from. Will they continue the scheme after the summer? read more...


Retailer Spotlight: Wagamama

Posted At: 15 June 2015 00:58 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Over the past few years, the changing habits of the UK population have evolved with the demand for more exotic flavours increasing constantly. Typifying this trend is Wagamama, the Japanese-style noodle eaterie chain, founded in 1992 by Alan Yau. With over 150 restaurants on the UK high streets, in shopping centres and in outlet centres, Wagamama offers a complete pan-Asian food experience defined by speed and value. read more...


M&S – Has It Turned the Corner?

Posted At: 28 May 2015 14:45 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Recent media reports have shown that Marks and Spencer has finally seen a return to profit with underlying profit before tax rising by 6.1% to £661.2 million while group sales edged up 0.4% to £10.3 billion. read more...


Retail Update - May 2015

Posted At: 22 May 2015 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, Blott appointed administrators, shut stores and was acquired by Tinc, another quirky stationery retailer who will re-open some stores and trade them under licence for six months from the administrator. read more...


The growth of Costa – it keeps going

Posted At: 12 May 2015 16:48 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Having recently announced another growth in sales by 6% with underlying profits increasing by over 20%, Costa has now been named the UK’s favourite coffee shop for the fifth year in succession. In London, the most competitive area of this market, 39% of participants said Costa was their favourite, 16% more than its nearest rival, Starbucks. read more...


Retail Update - April 2015

Posted At: 24 April 2015 11:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Continuing the trend seen last month there have been no reported administrations on the FSP Retailer Database, signalling improved sentiment in UK shoppers. This is evidenced by GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index being at its highest level for almost 13 years at +4, having recorded a rise of eight points in just three months. read more...


Retailer Spotlight: Hotel Chocolat

Posted At: 30 March 2015 00:58 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Founded in 1993, Hotel Chocolat has been in the spotlight recently as it overtakes rival Thorntons’ profit figures for the first time ever. Hotel Chocolat originally set out as a small brand which aimed to provide consumers with a better choice of chocolate than those available in supermarkets. Set apart as one of the world’s few chocolate makers to grow cocoa, the Hotel Chocolat vision was to connect this with luxury chocolate making and retailing. The brand has grown to include a restaurant, hotel, beauty range, and plantation spa in Saint Lucia. Such is its success, it now has a UK portfolio of 81 stores, 35 concessions in John Lewis and 10 cocoa bar-cafes. read more...


Retail Update - March 2015

Posted At: 27 March 2015 00:38 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

There have been no reported administrations since our last update, and a number of new retailers proposing to enter the UK market; showing increased confidence in the UK market. This is evidenced by retail sales increasing by more than expected in February as prices dropped to their lowest level for almost 20 years. read more...


Retailer Spotlight: Holland & Barrett

Posted At: 09 March 2015 12:56 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Holland and Barrett has recently announced plans to expand its head offices in Nuneaton with the creation of 30 new jobs following a period of sustained success. Retail Week reported that the health food and nutritional supplements retailer will also be adding 40 new roles across different departments in the business over the next six months, alongside 200 new jobs in its stores nationwide. read more...


Retail Update - February 2015

Posted At: 25 February 2015 11:26 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

FSP’s retailer database has recorded one administration since our January update, bakery retailer Cooplands of Doncaster. Cooplands underwent a pre-pack administration process which saw the closure of 39 stores and the loss of 300 jobs. ReSolve acquired the remaining 42 shops. read more...


Retail Update - January 2015

Posted At: 28 January 2015 10:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, and indeed since the start of 2015, there have been two administrations recorded on SnapShop – Bank (06/01) and USC (16/01) – with Austin Reed announcing a Company Voluntary Arrangement and store closures (26/01). read more...


Foyles: The revival of the book

Posted At: 21 January 2015 00:49 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

The decline of the physical book market came at a particularly difficult time when the recession hit, affecting much of the high street. Independent shops, particularly, were badly affected as it coincided with the rise of e-books and devices, such as the Kindle. Since that time, the number of bookshops, both chain and independent, has declined by 9.5%, with approximately 2,547 bookshops currently still trading. read more...


Retail Update - December 2014

Posted At: 18 December 2014 15:12 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailer At Risk, Retailers

With Christmas fast approaching, it is pleasing to note that other than Mexx – which had very little UK presence left following financial troubles in 2008 and has now been declared bankrupt... read more...


Retailer Spotlight: Cath Kidston

Posted At: 10 December 2014 10:29 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Cath Kidston was first opened by its eponymous owner, in 1993, in London’s Holland Park, originally selling vintage style fabrics and wallpapers. The brand, over the last 21 years, has gradually developed into a renowned British retailer, selling fashion accessories, clothing and household products in its distinctive floral and vintage patterns. read more...


Retailer Highlights: Netto

Posted At: 18 November 2014 11:25 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

This month has seen the Netto and Sainsbury’s partnership launch with their first store opening in Leeds. Netto, founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a discount retailer operating in several European countries and is looking to re-enter to UK market. read more...


Retail Spotlight: Smiggle

Posted At: 03 November 2014 00:38 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Smiggle is an Australian based stationery retailer currently selling in over 1000 stores across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa. The retailer’s efforts are concentrated on creating fun kids’ stationery with an average target market of ages 6-14 years with great “pocket money prices” (average selling price is £3.50). However, the fun and vibrant stationery retailer is proving popular with all ages and Managing Director of the group John Cheston claims that, really, the brand is suitable for anyone who “has the zest for life, enjoys fun and humour and wants to stand out.” read more...


Retail Spotlight: Phones 4 U

Posted At: 22 September 2014 00:24 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailer At Risk, Retailers

Founded in 1987 by the Caudwell Group, Phones 4 U was the UK's fastest growing independent mobile phone retailer with more than 690 stores across the UK and Northern Ireland, and an online shopping facility. On 26 September 2006, the business was sold for a sum of £1.46 billion to private equity firms Providence Equity Partners and Doughty Hanson, before later being sold on again to BC Partners in 2011. read more...


Retail Update - August 2014

Posted At: 21 August 2014 12:34 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

Since our last update, no administrations were reported, however, there have been some interesting points raised over the past month in the retail property industry and tourism is playing a big part in retail expenditure read more...


Retail Spotlight: La Senza

Posted At: 14 August 2014 00:57 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

During its short trading life, La Senza had planned to expand its collection of stores, and elevate the brand to the ‘biggest, young fashion, lingerie retailer’. However, the company has dipped in and out of administration twice in the last three years, and, with no prospective buyers on the horizon, appointed administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers are attempting to sell the company to other retailers. Read on for FSP’s overview of the brand’s trading history and highlights of where the cracks started to show. read more...


Retail Update - July 2014

Posted At: 24 July 2014 16:41 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Since our last update, another two retailers have succumbed to administration, and not for the first time. Jane Norman fell into administration for the second time in three years at the end of June. Owner Edinburgh Woollen Mill said Jane Norman would continue to operate through its website and internal concessions read more...


Retail Spotlight: Summer Success for the UK’s F&B Scene…

Posted At: 23 July 2014 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

FSP Analyst Mel Watson recently attended an IPF/BCSC seminar, where there was lots of discussion on the UK’s food and beverage scene. The sector experienced significant growth in 2011 in terms of lettings and commercial space, although interestingly this trend reversed, dropping again in 2012. read more...


Retailer Births and Deaths: Q2 Update

Posted At: 15 July 2014 00:34 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

Which new names have we seen join the UK’s retail market and which retailers have fallen into administration over the last quarter to June 2014? read more...


Retail Spotlight: New to SnapShop – Retailers Heading to the UK

Posted At: 19 May 2014 14:00 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

A variety of retailers have announced plans to expand into the UK market over the last couple of months, many of which we have recently added to SnapShop. Here’s a taster of who we can expect to see hitting our high streets… read more...


‘Buddy’ Brands: Look to the Long-Term…

Posted At: 01 May 2014 00:32 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

The store-within-a-store concept, also known as ‘buddy deals’ or ‘store shares’, is where a retailer hosts another brand within their retail space. read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary - April 2014

Posted At: 29 April 2014 14:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

In April it was announced that the Healthy High Streets campaign - a new coalition of government, retailers and business leaders - aims to create 3,000 new jobs on UK high streets, boost footfall and reduce vacancy rates. read more...


Retail Spotlight: Growth Continues in the Food & Beverage Market…

Posted At: 23 April 2014 13:32 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

In line with the trend we have been following since the beginning of the year, we have recently added some new retailers to SnapShop – all in the expanding Food and Beverage category! read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary - March 2014

Posted At: 27 March 2014 11:35 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

Two administrations have been reported on SnapShop since February. Albemarle & Bond and Internacionale both appointed PwC as administrator. read more...


Making informed decisions to better your brand offerings to consumers

Posted At: 10 March 2014 00:50 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

The rise of digital and e-commerce also means that many retailers need to re-consider their offerings to customers, taking into account particularly ease of use, convenience, quality and pricing. A great example of this currently is Superdrug. read more...


Retail Spotlight- Internacionale Collapses into Administration

Posted At: 04 March 2014 13:15 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

Despite previous plans to expand the brand’s awareness and consumer reach, Internacionale have officially gone into administration after months spent battling closures across the UK, with PwC appointed as administrators. read more...


Pubs and Restaurants are having a good start to 2014…

Posted At: 21 February 2014 13:00 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

An article in Peach Report last week documented that pub and restaurant groups in Britain have enjoyed a successful start to the year so far. According to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker, collective like-for-like sales were up 7.2% year-on-year in January and total sales, including the impact of new openings, were ahead 10.1%. read more...


Don’t stop; just shop

Posted At: 13 December 2013 12:13 PM
Related Categories: E-tailing, Retail, Retailers

Despite the continuing technological revolution, we remain social creatures. Many of the office-bound working population could work from home electronically connected to the workplace/clients/the market, but it’s not only the employer’s need to ensure employee productivity; we all need a bit of actual face (to-face) time, a chance to chat, explore ideas and gauge reactions. read more...


Retail Update - November 2013

Posted At: 14 November 2013 16:13 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retail Property, Retail Statistics, Retailers

In spite of what seems to be a gradual recovery in the UK retail market, with shopping centre landlords planning extensions and refurbishments to their portfolios, retailers announcing ambitious growth plans both for the UK and abroad, and international retailers making their debuts in the UK... read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary – October 2013

Posted At: 17 October 2013 16:00 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

October has shown further signs of increasing optimism in the UK retail industry. read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary – September 2013

Posted At: 19 September 2013 12:43 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

September has seen a number of positive news stories of increasing economic optimism in the UK, not least reflected by Gfk’s monthly consumer confidence barometer for August that revealed consumer confidence was at its highest level since October 2009. The rise of three points in August to stand at -13 showed the biggest improvement in confidence over a four-month period since 1982, with consumers more willing to spend on major purchases, rising five points to stand at -16. This is 15 points higher than this time last year. read more...


Out With The Old; In With The Old

Posted At: 13 September 2013 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

The recent news of Mostyns falling into administration for the second time less than a year after it was sold through a pre-pack deal, got the SnapShop team thinking about just how widely they have been used since the start of the financial crisis in 2008. According to figures from the Insolvency Service, around a quarter of all administrations in 2011 were pre-packs. Around 85% of these were sold to parties, namely directors, already linked to the business. read more...


SnapShop Monthly Summary August 2013

Posted At: 15 August 2013 14:21 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Having asked, on the SnapShop Blog in July, if the UK was turning a corner in its recovery, it seems to be that all news items are stressing the point. With consumer confidence rising; the Bank of England providing stability; house prices on the up and a slight easing in inflation, the news this month has had a rather more positive sentiment than of late... read more...


Is the UK turning a corner in its recovery?

Posted At: 26 July 2013 10:51 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

If the positive news in the press this week is anything to go by, then yes! Whether driven by the belated arrival of sunshine and warm weather or the equally anticipated royal birth, early signs of a recovery are emerging. read more...


Retail Update - July 2013

Posted At: 18 July 2013 11:15 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Research by Deloitte shows that the number of retail administrations fell by 30% in the first half of 2013, with a reported 87 collapses compared to 124 in the same period last year. Since our update last month, this list now includes: read more...


Is There Anything Tesco Can’t/ Won’t Do?

Posted At: 16 July 2013 15:21 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary

This month Tesco signed a deal to rent out the upstairs of its Stockton store to budget gym operator, Xercise4less, as part of its plans to downsize its larger stores. The Yorkshire-based budget gym chain agreed a partnership with Tesco which will see large-scale gyms created within Tesco stores around the country. With this latest venture, is there anything Tesco doesn’t or rather, won’t, do? read more...


Retail Spotlight – Dwell ceases trading

Posted At: 21 June 2013 11:10 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Following a cash-flow crisis and failed attempts to find a buyer or secure fresh working capital, Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrator to the furniture chain, Dwell. read more...


97p Land

Posted At: 15 May 2013 16:31 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Poundland has cut its prices to 97p in a bid to undercut its 99p rivals. Is it really an effective tactic or does it conflicts their entire branding? read more...


Retail Update - April 2013

Posted At: 18 April 2013 10:58 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

April has been quite quiet in terms of administrations, with only one reported that was expected. After filing its notice of intention to appoint administrators last month... read more...


Retail Update - March 2013

Posted At: 21 March 2013 10:12 AM
Related Categories: Retail Statistics, Retailers

The much-anticipated Trinity Leeds shopping centre opens its doors today, 21st March, with over 120 stores, bars and restaurants. read more...


Retail Update - February 2013

Posted At: 19 February 2013 10:59 AM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Property, Retailers

January saw the sharpest fall in high street shopper numbers for two years – high street numbers were down 3.3%; out-of-town declined 7.2%; and shopping centres saw a drop of 5.2% read more...


Retail Spotlight – Republic collapses into administration

Posted At: 13 February 2013 15:37 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Following the collapse of fashion chain Republic; we bring to you an overview of the retailer’s trading over the years and highlights of the collapse read more...


Retail Update - January 2013

Posted At: 18 January 2013 00:00 AM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retailers

Statistics for December look promising with overall shop price inflation remaining at 1.5% for the third consecutive month according to the BRC Nielsen Shop Price Index. read more...


SnapShop Favourite News in 2012

Posted At: 20 December 2012 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

SnapShop Favourite News in 2012 read more...


Unintended consequences of playing fast and loose with corporation tax

Posted At: 03 December 2012 17:24 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Suddenly the gods of international enterprise are finding themselves reaching pariah status. read more...


And Finally - Come on, keep up!

Posted At: 15 November 2012 00:52 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retailers

SnapShop has not had, for some time, an ”only in America!” story, but you won’t be surprised to hear that it was an American who crashed his car into a house... read more...


And Finally - Surreal

Posted At: 19 September 2012 17:21 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retailers

SnapShop has learnt that Ann Summers has launched a reality app to enable customers to virtually try on underwear. read more...


Who's next?

Posted At: 27 July 2012 16:36 PM
Related Categories: Retailer At Risk, Retailers, Social Commentary

FSP’s multi–layered approach* to identify retailers at risk read more...


What to do in Brent Cross

Posted At: 14 May 2012 15:19 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary, Town & Shopping Centre Management

Arsenal supporters are presumably an untapped market . . read more...


Growing Old Gracefully

Posted At: 12 March 2012 17:28 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retailers, Town & Shopping Centre Management

When you dismiss M&S as too ‘fuddy duddy’ and nip on over to Superdry, are you destroying English heritage or are you creating new? read more...


Welcome to the Madhouse

Posted At: 08 February 2012 17:33 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

Stocking brands like Calvin Klein, Nike and Lee Cooper at discount prices, one might assume Madhouse would work well in the current climate, but their past has been anything but rosy; think rocky and you’re on the right track. read more...


And finally - how to win friends, influence people and steal the market share

Posted At: 25 January 2012 16:48 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Retailers

McDonalds will be including the Mudpuddle Farm series of books from acclaimed author Michael Morpurgo, in with their Happy Meal. read more...


Christmas Sales Commentary

Posted At: 24 January 2012 14:56 PM
Related Categories: Christmas, E-tailing, Retailers

The retail story of 2011/12 Christmas is less about sales and more about survival. Sales generally were better than in snow-struck ’10/11 but the number of retailers going into administration has been the highest since the ‘08/09 crisis... read more...


Retail Spotlight – Peacocks calls in the administrators

Posted At: 19 January 2012 15:34 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers, Social Commentary

Despite reporting a like-for-like sales increase of 17% over the Christmas period, Peacocks’ problems ran much deeper – after months of struggle, Peacocks calls in the administrators making it the biggest retailer to collapse. read more...


Retail Spotlight – Pumpkin Patch UK subsidiary goes into administration

Posted At: 19 January 2012 15:23 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Following the announcement of collapse of children’s store Pumpkin Patch in the UK; we bring to you an overview of the retailer’s financial performance over the years and highlights of the latest news read more...


All White

Posted At: 17 January 2012 15:50 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Peacocks, on the verge of administration, would be the biggest failure since the Woolworths collapse of 2008, which preceded a Christmas of Horrors for a host of retailers. This year is showing similar tendencies, but with all around them failing, or at least flailing, White Stuff has a reason to smile. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Past Times on brink of administration

Posted At: 04 January 2012 10:21 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

The board of Past Times, which is owned by Epic Private Equity, confirmed that it intends to appoint administrators in the New Year, placing approximately 1,000 jobs at risk read more...


Retail Spotlight – D2 Jeans goes into administration

Posted At: 04 January 2012 10:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Store chain D2 Jeans collapsed into administration again, making 200 staff redundant and putting hundreds more jobs at risk. Administrators closed 19 UK stores - including six in Scotland - and laid off shop workers at the Ayrshire-based firm. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Hawkin's Bazaar in administration

Posted At: 04 January 2012 00:34 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Hawkin's Bazaar brand collapsed into administration, putting 380 staff at risk read more...


Retail Spotlight – Barratts Priceless plunges into administration

Posted At: 09 December 2011 14:17 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

How cruel that quarter rent day is on Christmas day. When tills should be ringing, for some, there may only be the sound of doors slamming shut, including high street footwear retailer Barratts. read more...


Coffee Time

Posted At: 02 December 2011 14:35 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

SnapShop approves of a tie up between coffee and beer read more...


And Finally - Is there no end?

Posted At: 17 November 2011 00:23 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Retailers

Just when you thought Apple had reached its innovative limit, it has been announced that a new iOS app will allow customers to collect items in its stores 12 minutes after ordering them via their mobile. read more...


Retail Investigation - Best Buy axes 11 UK stores

Posted At: 07 November 2011 16:48 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Store Closures

11 Best Buy stores closed - the SnapShop team investigates what could have gone wrong? read more...


And Finally - Calling all chocoholics: Thorntons unveils world’s largest chocolate

Posted At: 20 October 2011 11:00 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail, Retailers

After the chocolatier Thorntons unveiled the world's largest chocolate bar to mark its 100th birthday , the SnapShop team provides an invaluable service to all chocolate lovers by recording the sweet statistics of this bar. read more...


Retail Spotlight – Hub goes into liquidation

Posted At: 29 September 2011 14:34 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

...Hub became the latest casualty as Rent Day loomed... read more...


September Rent Day Looms. . .

Posted At: 28 September 2011 12:16 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

As the quarter rent day approaches on Thursday, SnapShop asks just how many retailers are going to hit the buffers this time? read more...


Retail Spotlight - Floors-2-Go crashes again with 192 job losses

Posted At: 25 August 2011 14:57 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

35 out of 88 stores have been bought by Nixon & Hope – which was formed this month by former Floors-2-Go directors Parjinder Sangha and David Vizor read more...


The only way is preppy

Posted At: 18 August 2011 15:00 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retailers

Reality TV seems to have upset the aspirations of Abercrombie & Fitch... read more...


Retail Insolvencies in Q2 2011

Posted At: 28 July 2011 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail Statistics, Retailers, Store Closures

The number of UK Company insolvencies fell in the second quarter... read more...


Forget about the price tag

Posted At: 01 July 2011 12:27 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

The best thing since sliced bread seems to be, ummm, unsliced bread! read more...


Retail Store Closures – May – June 2011

Posted At: 24 June 2011 15:46 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retail Property, Retailers, Store Closures

An update on retail store closures in May-June 2011 read more...


FSP’s retailer of the month– Co-op: low profile or key retailer?

Posted At: 20 June 2011 10:38 AM
Related Categories: Co-operative Retail, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

Co-operative has now upped its game considerably, with well stocked aisles, fresh food and pleasant staff... read more...


Retail Spotlight –V8 Gourmet enters administration

Posted At: 20 June 2011 10:10 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers, Store Closures

V8 Gourmet has collapsed into administration again despite receiving last minute backing from new investors. Investment group Calleon stepped... read more...


Retail Spotlight – Life & Style collapsed into administration

Posted At: 10 June 2011 15:17 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers, Store Closures

Following the recent news that the fashion and homewares retailer Life & Style has collapsed into administration. read more...


Retail Spotlight – Georgina Goodman goes into administration

Posted At: 08 June 2011 10:00 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Premium footwear retailer Georgina Goodman has collapsed into administration read more...


Retail Spotlight – Peter Werth & Pink Soda for sale

Posted At: 18 May 2011 00:53 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Peter Werth and Pink Soda have collapsed into administration in May 2011 read more...


Retail Spotlight - Focus in Administration - Updated

Posted At: 06 May 2011 10:10 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers

Focus collapsed into administration putting 3,919 jobs at risk. read more...


Swimwear Launch by Sainsbury’s

Posted At: 04 May 2011 14:00 PM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retail Marketing, Retailers

We are beginning to witness some creative marketing strategies by retailers. read more...


Retail Spotlight - Blue Inc

Posted At: 13 April 2011 00:29 AM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retail, Retailers, Store Closures

Blue Inc has taken on 46 The Officers Club stores after the latter fell into administration in March 2011 read more...


Waterstone’s Vs. Amazon

Posted At: 11 March 2011 00:33 AM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

Gone are the days when, if you wanted to read a book, you either bought it with the choice of hard or soft backed, or you went to the local library. With the internet came Amazon and many other internet book retailers, with their super-cheap new and second hand books and speedy delivery (most of the time). read more...


The Shrinking Cadbury Bar

Posted At: 10 February 2011 12:53 PM
Related Categories: General, Retailers, Social Commentary

The famous Dairy Milk bar has been reduced in size by 20g allegedly for “economic reasons". read more...


And Finally - John Lewis staff teach police politeness

Posted At: 25 January 2011 00:43 AM
Related Categories: And Finally, Retailers

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Only in America…

Posted At: 18 January 2011 16:35 PM
Related Categories: Retail, Retailers

Starbucks has announced plans to offer a new 'Trenta' coffee size option read more...


What is Tiger doing right?

Posted At: 13 January 2011 10:11 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Tiger - an unusual success story in these straitened times read more...


Animal – a customer service success story

Posted At: 06 January 2011 00:00 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

With exceptional customer service and the ability to embrace multi-channel retailing, Animal is setting the bar to which other retailers should aspire. read more...


Fourth time, not so lucky

Posted At: 01 October 2010 11:26 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Is GIVe targeting the wrong customer, or indeed any customers? read more...


Home Retail Group Results

Posted At: 10 September 2010 13:30 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Even multi-channel retailers are finding it tough read more...


Nothing Better To Do?

Posted At: 22 July 2010 00:15 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Sam Bompas, jelly and history in a jar! read more...


A Vision in Green

Posted At: 21 July 2010 11:21 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Liam Gallagher popping up in Carnaby Street read more...


Roches, Faith, onward, the World!

Posted At: 13 July 2010 00:28 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

In trawling the FSP Retail Database to ensure SnapShop is up to date, I’ve noticed a bit of trend towards world domination by . . . . . Debenhams! read more...


Bossy Boots and Spoil Sports

Posted At: 07 May 2010 16:57 PM
Related Categories: Environmental, Retail Suppliers, Retailers, Social Commentary

So, Poundland and B&M have been selling Boots’ products on the sly then eh? read more...


Hot Topic

Posted At: 05 February 2010 16:44 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary

Food in a can. Yummy. read more...


Christmas Sales Report

Posted At: 08 January 2010 11:58 AM
Related Categories: Retail Statistics, Retailers

The first round-up of reported Christmas Sales was issued today read more...


2009 Review

Posted At: 04 January 2010 16:44 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Future of Retailing, General, Retail, Retailers, Social Commentary

A look back at some of the top retail stories from 2009 read more...


Old News

Posted At: 30 November 2009 17:18 PM
Related Categories: Retailers, Social Commentary

A few weeks ago, B&Q celebrated the birthday of its eldest employee – Mr Sydney Prior, 95. He began working for the retailer at the tender age of 76, and works as a store greeter at their store in New Malden. read more...


First Quench in Administration

Posted At: 30 October 2009 15:55 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Retailers

First Quench Retailing, the UKs largest chain of independent off-licences, fell into Administration today. read more...


Borderline

Posted At: 09 October 2009 16:55 PM
Related Categories: Administrations, Future of Retailing, Retailers

Should Borders concentrate on rectifying their existing problems, or is moving out of the dwindling book market the only way they can survive? read more...


Regent Street GIVe

Posted At: 01 October 2009 12:49 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Having only just posted a blog about GIVe, into my inbox popped a review of the first store by one of our very own FSP consultants..... read more...


King George

Posted At: 01 October 2009 10:44 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

George Davies gives the UK High Street his fourth incarnation read more...


Super Massive Black Hole

Posted At: 29 September 2009 00:53 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Poor old Blacks. Its not looking good for them is it, really? read more...


Marks & Vultures

Posted At: 22 September 2009 10:33 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

I don’t think anyone – customers new or old – would think ‘oh yes, I know where to get some pick n mix, Marks and Spencer will have some’! See what I’m saying? read more...


Coffee Chaos

Posted At: 10 July 2009 17:17 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Coffee industry finally hits the buffers read more...


Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic

Posted At: 10 July 2009 16:12 PM
Related Categories: Finance & Investment Management, Future of Retailing, Retail Property, Retailers, Town & Shopping Centre Management

Bandwagons are all very well and good, until the wheels fall off... read more...


This Town Is Nothing But A Ghost Town

Posted At: 23 June 2009 15:39 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retailers

Brinker Internation close all UK restaurants read more...


Give Me Some Credit

Posted At: 28 May 2009 15:10 PM
Related Categories: Finance & Investment Management, Retail Suppliers, Retailers

Can you name which retailers offer credit cards? That’s credit cards, not store cards… read more...


Not So Bazaar

Posted At: 14 May 2009 11:26 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

If I could turn back time! If I could find a way! read more...


Cheryl Cole for under £1...

Posted At: 09 April 2009 15:43 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Just a short blog to keep things ticking over while we try and dig ourselves out from under the mounds of work that have buried us recently! Usual service will be resumed shortly! read more...


Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is

Posted At: 19 March 2009 14:36 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Liam Gallagher, or should that be Galliano? read more...


Is the name 'Brighthouse' ironic?

Posted At: 02 March 2009 15:00 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retailers

Turnover at good old BH was up 18.7 for the quarter ended 28/12/2008. I can almost see their smug faces, grinning through the shiny storefront windows, reflected in the perfectly polished plasmas. Gets my goat it does, and there’s nothing that anyone can do about it. read more...


Charity Shop Chic

Posted At: 18 February 2009 11:45 AM
Related Categories: Environmental, Retailers

Reported in the news this week, £2,000 worth of Jimmy Choos left at an Oxfam store in Woodbridge, Suffolk, over the weekend. Unfortunately, it was just too far for me to travel, but never mind, it appears this isn’t a unique case! A quick Google brings up tens of stories about designer clothing being donated to charity shops across the country – shoes, clothes, accessories, you name it – and low and behold, the organisations in charge are catching on. read more...


Costa Del Save

Posted At: 10 February 2009 00:21 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Back in the summer of 2007, before going into administration seemed all the rage, a nearly half-century-old giant fell into administration and sunk into the murky depths of history, never to be seen again. Or so you thought… read more...


Financial Health Warning

Posted At: 30 January 2009 11:13 AM
Related Categories: Retailers, Town & Shopping Centre Management

FSP has been monitoring the financial health of retailers since the early 1990s. In recent years, the proportion of At Risk retailers has increased substantially. Asset managers and local authorities need to realise that the problem is real and continuing. The lesson from the early 1990s is that identifying the vulnerable occupiers and putting contingency plans in place will shorten void periods, reduce leasing costs and maintain income read more...


Who ate all the pies?

Posted At: 12 January 2009 16:32 PM
Related Categories: General, Retailers

Do Greggs even sell pies? read more...


Biggest stories of 2008

Posted At: 06 January 2009 16:52 PM
Related Categories: General, Retail, Retail Statistics, Retail Suppliers, Retailers

Happy New Year to all our readers, and welcome to the first SnapShop Blog post of 2009! As is [to become a] tradition with these things, we’re going down the ‘a year, in retrospective’ route. So without further adieu, here’s a not-so-quick review of the hottest stories of 2008 (from a retail industry perspective, anyway). read more...


Mum Says Its Just Magical!

Posted At: 17 December 2008 15:40 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Unfortunately, getting a ‘research day trip’ to Hamleys signed off was too difficult, so I’ve had to rely on my spectacular imagination and some hardcore internet research for this blog. read more...


Can you do all your Christmas shopping in one supermarket?

Posted At: 10 December 2008 00:47 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Tesco owns Britain... read more...


Gobble Gobble Gobble

Posted At: 08 December 2008 14:59 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

Christmas Dinner is to family meals as F1 is to car manufacturing. Bigger, better and more expensive! read more...


Save Our Woolworths!

Posted At: 26 November 2008 00:16 AM
Related Categories: Retailers

Everyone knows that for value for money, be it on household staples, school uniform or Christmas presents and glitz, Woolies is the place to go read more...


Dedicated Follower Of Fashion

Posted At: 22 September 2008 16:52 PM
Related Categories: Future of Retailing, Retailers

The increased focus on fashion for teenagers, driven through TV (The Hills), film (Bratz: The Movie) and magazines (Teen Vogue) is causing a shift in the tastes of young shoppers from the casual jeans and t-shirt styles of Abercrombie to the leopard print and leather loving fashion seen at, say, H&M read more...


Take A Break From Scientific Research

Posted At: 11 September 2008 14:10 PM
Related Categories: General, Retailers

Asda takes 9 months to create dunkable cookie. read more...


Give A Little, Earn A Lot

Posted At: 29 August 2008 13:10 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

“Je schlechter es den Menschen geht, desto besser geht es uns" or, “the worse off the people are, the better off we are”, so says the mother of Aldi owners Karl and Theo Albrecht. And it appears that is true. read more...


Excuses Excuses!

Posted At: 22 August 2008 14:33 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

John Lewis revealed a fall in sales today - with a 4.2% drop for the week to August 16th - and was on hand with another corker of an excuse: summer exam results and the Olympics are distracting shoppers, apparently! read more...


Trinny and Susannah Undress the Obesity Crisis

Posted At: 13 August 2008 11:15 AM
Related Categories: General, Retailers

Are retailers doing enough for Plus Size ladies? And should they? read more...


Retailer Profile: Gap

Posted At: 11 August 2008 15:41 PM
Related Categories: Retailers

This week we take a look at Gap, including detailing company history, sales figures and some news stories. Don't forget, all of this can be found in the Gap record on SnapShop! read more...


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