Entertainment spend up 10.8% in February

08 Mar 2017

Consumers spent 4% more year-on-year in February with entertainment spend up 10.8%.

Restaurants help boost strong UK GDP for 2016

27 Jan 2017

UK GDP increased by an estimated 0.6% in Q4 2016, driven by a strong performance in the service sector, with hotels and restaurants singled out for performing particularly well, according to the latest data released by the ONS.

Fundamental’ Brexit effect on food and drink prices expected

06 Dec 2016

Brexit will have a fundamental impact on food and drink prices, with foodservice inflation expected to rise by 3.4% in 2017 alone, David Read, chief executive of Prestige Purchasing has warned.

CBI expects faster growth in next quarter

28 Nov 2016

The latest figures from the CBI have shown “a modest increase” in business volumes in the consumer services sector but with expectations of faster growth in the next three months.

Food prices suffer biggest fall

05 Oct 2016

Food prices in Britain saw their biggest ever fall in September while overall shop prices fell at a slower rate compared to the previous month

Brexit uncertainty hits UK business

11 Jul 2016

Uncertainty around Brexit has dragged UK business output and optimism to three-year lows, according to new research from BDO

Consumer spending growth at weakest level

11 Jul 2016

Consumer spending grew at the weakest rate seen in over two years in the run-up to the EU referendum

Consumer spending continues to be weak

11 May 2016

Consumer spending suffered a second successive weak month of growth in April, rising just 1.9% year-on-year as economic headwinds

Franco Manca exterior

Not missing a trick

24 Apr 2017

Franco Manca translates as “Franco’s missing”, but under the careful watch of industry veteran David Page, you could hardly accuse the pizza concept from passing up any chances to stay ahead of the category it has been shaking up since its launch in 2008. Mark Wingett takes a look at the winner of the Best Concept Award at this year’s Retailers’ Retailer of the Year Awards and parent company Fulham Shore.

Wagamama’s silver anniversary

21 Apr 2017

Wagamama first opened for business, in Bloomsbury, London, on 22 April 1992. To mark its 25th anniversary this weekend, chief executive David Campbell sent a message to the company’s growing family of 169 restaurants in 20 territories worldwide

Peter Hansen at The Pub Conference

Where are the next M&A deals?

18 Apr 2017

The Government has thrown many obstacles at pub operators from Brexit, the introduction of the national living wage, the market-rent-only (MRO) option and a new tax on soft drinks. Peter Hansen gives us his expert view on the market and his advice on the possibility of future M&A activity

Hungry Horse exterior

Pub brands ring changes on regional menu pricing

10 Apr 2017

MCA’s Menu Tracker has given Steve Gotham the opportunity to look at the latest menu releases by top leading pub chains Hungry Horse and JD Wetherspoon

David McDowall, managing director of BrewDog Bars, Publican Awards 2015 winner, discusses the next stage of the fast-growing brand's development

BrewDog: From young pup to big beast

03 Apr 2017

Known for its unorthodox approach to fundraising and marketing in its early days, 10 years down the line craft beer brewer BrewDog has matured into a successful international company. But, that doesn’t mean the firm has become more conformist, as ‘navigator’ David McDowall explains to Mel Flaherty

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