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%.

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.

Brewhouse and Kitchen

Brew ideas on an old theme

18 Aug 2017

After falling out of fashion for more than 20 years, the brewpub is back with a vengeance, and Brewhouse & Kitchen has been at the forefront of its revival. James Wallin meets co-founder Simon Bunn to discuss its evolution

Tak Tokumine

Ramen retailer all souped up

17 Aug 2017 | By Joe Lutrario

Tak Tokumine sold a 40% stake in his Shoryu ramen business earlier this year and now plans to transform his Japan Centre brand into the Japanese equivalent of Eataly. Joe Lutrario reports

Deltic Group's Pryzm brand

Deltic Revs up to overtake Stonegate takeover

16 Aug 2017

Why did Deltic go public with its rebuffed bid to merge with Revolution Bars Group, where does it leave Stonegate and what does it mean for the sector? MCA deputy editor James Wallin discusses.

Peter Marks

Marks’ theory on Revolution

15 Aug 2017

Deltic Group chief executive Peter Marks talks to MCA about the group’s proposal to merge with Revolution Bars Group to create a 125-strong “powerhouse” late-night operator.

Martello Hall

Founders Forum Focus: Albion & East

11 Aug 2017

Albion & East was set up with a simple, yet ambitious goal – to create London’s best bar. As the Imbiba-backed group prepares to open its second site, James Wallin meets managing director Sarah Weir to discuss progress so far.

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