Rising food prices push up inflation to five-year high

18 Oct 2017

Rising food prices were one of the main contributors to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate of inflation reaching a five year high of 3% in September 2017.

Consumer confidence rebounds from post-brexit low

31 Aug 2017

UK consumer confidence has staged a slight recovery from its lowest level since just after the Brexit vote

Business confidence slumps to lowest level since last year

31 Aug 2017

Businesses are feeling less confident about the economy and their own trading prospects than they have at any point during the last year, according to new research by Lloyds Bank

Consumer confidence lowest since Brexit vote

28 Jul 2017

Worries about the economic outlook and a squeeze on household budgets has dented consumer confidence

Consumer confidence drops for third quarter in a row

18 Jul 2017

UK consumer confidence has dropped for the third quarter in a row with a three percentage point fall in the three months to June

Disposable income falls at steepest rate since 2013

30 Jun 2017

British families suffered steepest drop in disposable income for almost four years last month

Consumer spending slowed in May

06 Jun 2017

Consumer spending growth slowed to 2.8% in May – despite Brits continuing to spend on the ‘experience economy’ – as overall confidence in household spending power cooled in response to inflation.

Consumers continue to spend on “experience economy”

09 May 2017

Consumers spent 5.5% more year-on-year in April as a late Easter and inflation drove noticeable uplifts

Hospitality sector spending up in April

08 May 2017

Rising inflation and wage stagnation caused a slowdown in UK household spending growth to 0.5% year-on-year in April

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%.

People drinking better not more: an opportunity, not a threat

20 Feb 2018

Diageo chief executive Ivan Menezes talks about the opportunities presented by increasingly moderate and responsible relationships with alcohol around the world

Eat cafe

Something to chew on

15 Feb 2018

EAT has become the latest sector operator to come under the restructuring spotlight, and although the business may have to lose a significant number of sites, there are signs of some positivity, writes Mark Wingett


Innovation is on the menu, but the price has to be right

12 Feb 2018

Which operators are making the greatest strides in evolving their product offer, who stands out for their approach to pricing? Steve Gotham looks at what data from MCA’s Menu Tracker can tell us on the crucial subjects of price and product innovation.

Honest Burgers exterior

An Honest Approach

09 Feb 2018 | By Mark Wingett

This year is set to be significant for Honest Burgers as it gears up to expand its offer into the regions. Its co-founders explain how, in a crowded and unpredictable market, they see honesty as the best policy.

Alex Dumphy, Addleshaw Goddard

What backers want to hear

07 Feb 2018

With high-profile cases of restructuring and site closures becoming more common across the eating-out sector, what does this mean for investment? Alex Dumphy, of law firm Addleshaw Goddard, examines what operators can do to ensure lenders remain on-side during turbulent times for the sector.

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