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1 Jul 2021

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The web and mobile platform, Hubtiger, is offering an exclusive webinar to ACT members to demonstrate how cycle shops can manage all workshop operations in just one app.

30 Jun 2021

Join UK Power Network on 7th July 2021, 14.00-15.00 to hear key findingsfrom the White Van Plan project and how they could collaborate to support SMEs and drive towards a Net Zero future.

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17 Jun 2021

Join the Secretary of State for the Department for BEIS, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, for the next in a seriesof live panel discussions on 23rd June at 10:30 AM

16 Jun 2021

The Bank of England have released details about the new polymer £50 note featuring the mathematician Alan Turing.

16 Jun 2021

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15 Jun 2021

Rishi Sunak has rejected business demands for an extension of the furlough scheme and business rates relief, despite a four-week delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions now set for 19...

12 Jun 2021

Hubtiger, the software developed for bike shops has launched its latest feature to help increase income of the bike shops.

10 Jun 2021

During the Maybe* Masterclass you'll discover each month which Bike shops have had the most social media engagement and why. but we want to find a time that suits you the best. Let us know...

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Retail sales in March and April 'better than expected'

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Retail sales in March and April 'better than expected', according to the British Retail Consortium's (BRC) Economic Briefing Report reported by IRC member BIRA.

The BRC Analysts' Q2 Forecasts for 2021 and 2022 Retail Sales and Prices is available to download from the Retail Insight and Analytics website.

Key points include:

  • We have revised our sales forecasts significantly compared to our Q1 projections. Both Food and Non-Food Sales were stronger in March and April than what we had expected in January, and we now expect higher spending for the following months than we did in Q1.
  • We now project Total Sales to increase by 5.9% (an upward revision from 1.2% projected in Q1), with Food sales rising by 2.0% (an upward revision of our Q1 forecast of 0.3%), and Non-Food sales increasing by 9.1% (an upward revision from our Q1 projection of 2.0%).
  • For 2022 we forecast Total Sales to decrease by 3.4%, with Food sales projected to fall by 1.0%, while Non-Food sales projected to decline by 5.4%.
  • We revised our Shop Prices forecasts for 2021: we now expect Food prices to rise by 1.1% (a downward revision from our Q1 forecast of 1.3%), but our expectation of the evolution of Non-Food prices has remained unchanged at -2.2%. This implies that overall Shop Prices would decrease by 1.1%, compared to our Q1 projection of -1.0%.
  • For 2022, our price forecasts are unchanged from our Q1 projections. We expect Food prices to rise by 2.0% and Non-Food prices to fall by 1.8%, which means that Shop Prices would fall by 0.5%.

In producing these forecasts, we have assumed that restrictions will lift according to the roadmap, that no another lockdown will be imposed and that the vaccination rollout will continue at pace.


 

 

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