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%.

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.

Why so Sirieix?

22 Sep 2017

The Galvin at Windows GM, star of the small screen, industry champion and prolific fundraiser has a new book, Secret Service, out next month. With so many plates spinning, how does the country’s most recognisable front-of-house man manage to prevent it all from crashing down, asks Sophie Witts

Pret Nice Airport

How food delivery services are moving into airports

22 Sep 2017

Queues at airport restaurants and food outlets are a common sight, especially at peak travel times, as transport hubs around the world deal with surging numbers of travelers. In response, a new batch of pick-up and delivery services has arrived on the scene to offer time-poor passengers an alternative to holding out for on-board plane food

Giggling Squid exterior

Banking on future growth

20 Sep 2017

The Business Growth Fund (BGF) has come a long way, far further than many imagined possible. Founded to support small and mid-sized emerging businesses during a difficult economic climate in 2011, it is now arguably the UK’s most active provider of growth capital

Customers eating out in restaurant

Tunnel vision

18 Sep 2017

It’s heads down, gritted-teeth tough out there at the moment for the majority of the UK’s eating and drinking-out market, and there aren’t many signs that things are going to pick up soon. Also what next for Byron?

Andy McCue, The Restaurant Group

TRG brand weakness exposed

13 Sep 2017

In his first year as chief executive of The Restaurant Group, Andy McCue, has made good progress, but are his hands ultimately tied by the weakness of the group’s core brands? Dominic Walsh discusses this dilemma as well as examining the successful takeover of Admiral Taverns and a Deliveroo deal that never was

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