The longest queues on the high street in Southend, Essex, were for Primark and Sports Direct, both of which appeal to value-focused shoppers. Primark trades as Penneys in Ireland. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Eager shoppers queued early outside some stores on London’s Oxford Street on Monday morning as non-essential shops were allowed to reopen for the firs(...)

Chancellor of the British exchequer Rishi Sunak: As UK gets set for a coronavirus epidemic and stock markets fall, his first budget has more than Brexit to contend with. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe

Boris Johnson’s election victory in December not only removed business concerns over a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour government but lifted hopes he would b(...)

Harrods said it didn’t want to  fan unfounded concern about coronavirus. Photograph: iStock

Harrods Department Store, a big tourist attraction in London for Chinese shoppers, has prohibited staff from wearing masks when dealing with customer(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Badias/AP

Boris Johnson’s suggestion that the UK could be prepared to accept an Australian-style relationship with the EU without a formal trade deal has “surpr(...)

Annual growth in retail sales volumes dropped to 0.9 per cent

British consumers failed to increase their spending in December for a record fifth month in a row, adding to signs of a weakening economy that might p(...)

Photograph: iStock

British shoppers ignored worries about an impending Brexit deadline and spent heavily in March, official data showed on Thursday, supporting the count(...)

  Grafton Street sales. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Stores are closing on a weekly basis on Irish and UK shopping streets in a crisis reminiscent of the US retail apocalypse, and there’s no sign of a bo(...)

Retail sales growth picked up to a six-month high of 3.5 per cent from 2.9 per cent in December

British retail sales rebounded strongly in January as steep clothing discounts attracted wary shoppers, bucking a slowdown in consumer spending ahead (...)

The consortium said retailers typically stored no more than two weeks’ inventory and it became difficult to restock stores if the supply chain was disrupted. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A no-deal Brexit could leave supermarket shelves empty and drive food prices higher, the country’s leading supermarket chains have told MPs. The Briti(...)

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said its members reported zero year-on-year total sales growth in December

British retailers endured their worst Christmas since the depths of the financial crisis a decade ago as cautious customers forced high street stores (...)

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