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


A restaurant in denial

20 Apr 2018

Continuing on its mission to make wine more accessible to the masses, Vinoteca is now gearing up for its first regional opening. Georgi Gyton met the founders to find out more

Pret CEO Clive Schlee

Pret’s restless psyche

16 Apr 2018

Last month Clive Schlee celebrated 15 years as chief executive of Pret A Manger, and was named Retailers’ Retailer of the Year at MCA’s annual industry awards. To celebrate both milestones, Schlee shared his thoughts with James Wallin on the expansion of Pret and its closeness to customers.

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Talking Italian

09 Apr 2018

Pizza and pasta offers have been vital to the expansion of the casual-dining scene over the past few years. As a result, this segment is hugely competitive and standing out has become increasingly important. MCA’s Steve Gotham looks at data from the Eating Out Panel to assess how key players are performing

Will AI be a game-changer for the eating and drinking-out sector?

06 Apr 2018 | By Georgi Gyton

Georgi Gyton looks at the potential impact AI could have on the eating and drinking-out sector.

Perhaps they are on to something

03 Apr 2018

Unsolicited bids for the Azzurri Group, a tenanted pub sector rife with M&A speculation and an acquisitive BrewDog, sector consolidation is back on the agenda, and not just for those looking to pick up the fallout from the current round of Company Voluntary Arrangements