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%.

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A whopper of an opportunity?

20 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett takes a closer look at Bridgepoint’s decision to invest in resurrecting Burger King UK; what the changes at the top of Caffe Nero mean; and how this week’s expected IPO by City Pub Company has history on its side.

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Danes refreshing new places

17 Nov 2017

Danish bakery Lagkagehuset has already conquered its homeland and is rapidly building up a presence in the UK, as well as eyeing new international outposts. James Wallin met UK operations director Alastair Gordon to find out how this Danish export is bringing home the bacon

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Just popping out for a while

13 Nov 2017 | By Mark Wingett

You are always told to never push your luck, or as my dad used to say “don’t kick the arse out of it”, so after seven years in the privileged position of editor of MCA, it is time make sure I heed that advice and move onwards and upwards in the wider William Reed family.

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Don’t blink

13 Nov 2017

Mark Wingett examines some of the recent boardroom changes and what they mean in a wider context, and looks at possible problems ahead at the St James’s Market development

The generation game - how to win with Centennials

10 Nov 2017

Are you ready to win the hearts of the new, digital-first, value-focused and brand-disloyal generation? Just when you thought you’d successfully navigated the Millennial minefield and emerged unscathed, in marches a new breed of digital natives. Is your business ready to take them on? Asks Vodafone through its Your Ready Business forum

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