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%.

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

YO! Bluewater

Rowland’s YO! renaissance

22 May 2017

Robin Rowland describes the moment he stepped back in as chief executive of YO! Sushi as the world starting again. Over the past 16 months, he has made sure that the brand he will have served for 18 years this year, returned to its core values, or RUCC (Respectful, Unconventional, Colourful and Confident) and with it has come the company’s mojo and an uptick in performance. Mark Wingett reports

Food for thought

18 May 2017

The restaurant sector has performed well in recent years with market growth underpinned by long-term demographic and consumer trends. But market conditions have become more competitive, consumers are facing pressure on their real incomes from rising inflation and cost pressures are increasing. A more cautious outlook on the sector is justified, argues David Chubb, Partner, Middle Markets, at PwC

Double departure examination

15 May 2017

The past few months have seen a number of high-profile departures at head offices across the eating-out sector. Dominic Walsh examines the legacy of two of the most prominent and surprising decisions to move on to pastures new

Amy's Drive Thru

Organic growth against the grain

08 May 2017

America is the land of fast food. Kerstin Kuhn profiles three new concepts trying to change the notoriously unhealthy sector, tapping into consumer demand for certified organic ingredients

Pecking order: Can CHIK'N become the next Nando's?

02 May 2017

“We want to be the next Nando’s” is a refrain that is probably been heard more than we care too mention at MCA. Many concepts incorporating many styles and cuisines have stated that as their goal, but with the burger and pizza categories well served in potential contenders, is it time that one from the chicken-led ranks of operators came forward, asks Finn Scott-Delany

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