It's been a bad year for shops up and down the country. In the year ending September 30, an incredible 1,220 retail businesses entering insolvency according to the retail group at law firm RPC. Things started badly, with Toys R Us and Maplin entering administration within hours of each other - only to be followed by Poundworld, House of Fraser and eventually HMV too. House of Fraser was saved, although not unscathed, after Sports Direct bought it out and there is still hope something similar will happen to HMV. But with uncertainty swirling ahead of Brexit, a population still reeling from a decade of austerity and the rise of online shops and streaming services you'd be shocked if 2019 didn't start the same way as 2018. Jeremy Drew, joint head of retail at RPC, said: “The proportion of retail businesses delivering weak financial results demonstrates that there are systemic issues at play and cannot simply be attributed to individual business performance.” The question is … [Read more...] about D-Day for British high street revealed
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The number of shoppers visiting retailers on Boxing Day has fallen for the third year in a row as worries about the economy and the rise of internet shopping take their toll on high streets. The average number of visitors to shopping centres, high streets and retail parks had slid 3.1%year-on-year by 4pm on Wednesday, according to data from analysts at Springboard. Sales were up slightly in London and Scotland and strongly in Wales, but down across the rest of the UK. Diane Wehrle, insights director at at Springboard, said: “Boxing Day has become less important as a trading day. You don’t get that massive surge, particularly as we’ve had virtually continuous discounting since Black Friday [at the end of November].” She said the disappointing figures meant that retailers had seen about 4% fewer visitors to physical stores for December so far, and that this would be only partly offset by an increase in sales online. “Online sales are still growing, but … [Read more...] about Boxing Day sales draw fewer UK shoppers
PUBLISHED: 05:30 26 December 2018 Judy Rimmer Boxing Day shoppers in Tavern Street, Ipswich, last year. Picture: GREGG BROWN Which shops will be opening their doors on Boxing Day to welcome sales shoppers? These are some of the retailers to visit. Boxing Day is traditionally one of the UK’s busiest shopping days - but this year, in the wake of Black Friday, many stores have already launched their sales before Christmas. However, Next has a big sale launching at 6am and many other stores are also launching sales on Boxing Day, while others will add more bargains to their existing sales. Many stores are also offering sale prices online and it is often possible to “click and collect” items in-store.Here’s our guide to some of the big retailers who are opening their doors on December 26.NextMartlesham Heath, Ipswich Suffolk Retail Park, Colchester High Street and Colchester Tollgate: 6am-6pmNext is famous for its sales which often see … [Read more...] about Where can you pick up Boxing Day bargains?
MARK Wright made Michelle Keegan jump out of her skin when they reunited in London ahead of Christmas. The EXTRA presenter followed his wife around a department store crept up on her, before pouncing from behind. He shared her cute reaction on his Instagram story and despite the fright, Michelle cracked a huge smile. Their flirtatious display comes after weeks of not seeing one another.Michelle, who has a house with Mark in Essex, recently admitted she doesn't know where "home" is, with her husband working in LA and her roles taking her to Manchester and beyond. She told The Sun's Fabulous: “I’m a bit all over the place, so at the minute I really don’t know. I’m staying in an apartment in Manchester and I’ve unpacked, so I suppose that’s my base. Mark’s still in LA, so I’m not in Essex. “If I need home comforts I go to my mum’s, and that’s where my dogs are. Any down time I have I go round to my mum’s for dinner, … [Read more...] about Mark Wright scares Michelle Keegan with prank while shopping as they reunite for Christmas
CINDY Cottrell left home at 15 after a row with her mum and moved into a dingy flat in a rough area of Birmingham. She fell pregnant at 17, and survived on just £42.50 a week in benefits. Her first Christmas as a mum in 2002 saw her cry over a Pot Noodle and gift her seven-month-old son Jack* a £5 rattle. But now, 14 years on, her lifestyle is completely different. She plans to splash £1,000 on gifts this December 25 and tuck into smoked salmon - and it's all thanks to webcam work. Here Cindy tells Fabulous Digital her extraordinary rags to riches story: Spicy Pot Noodles were all I could afford to eat on Christmas Day in 2002. I was 18 years old and my baby, Jack, watched me curiously as I handed him the only present I’d been able to buy: a cheap rattle. He was too young to know how awful a Christmas it was, but it was the worst I’d ever had. I felt like an inadequate mother. I shouldn’t have had a child if I couldn’t provide for him … [Read more...] about I was a ‘penniless’ teen mum on benefits – now I’m loaded thanks to WEBCAM work