City centres ‘could become ghost towns’
Should we mourn the decline of shops? A committee of MPs has warned that a boom in online shopping could soon leave town centres deserted. Thousands of shops have closed in the last year.
Today we will spend £2.6 billion shopping
Do we spend too much on presents? Black Friday has become one of the busiest shopping days of the year, with the average Briton now spending more than £200 in 24 hours.
Demand to close ‘greedy’ shops on Boxing Day
As Black Friday approaches, retailers are preparing for their busiest period of the year. But many of their staff want to shut the doors on the UK’s biggest shopping day of all, December 26th.
‘Death by 1,000 clicks’: BHS nears collapse
‘Dated.’ ‘Old-fashioned.’ ‘A staple of British history.’ BHS department stores face bankruptcy: more victims of the internet, say commentators. Can shops survive the digital revolution?
‘End of shopping’ as Amazon starts food sales
A new deal will see Amazon sell Morrisons groceries in the UK later this year. As big supermarkets and retailers come under pressure, should we welcome the decline of traditional shopping?
Shops ‘special offer’ dirty tricks exposed
The consumer magazine Which? has published a damning catalogue of misleading offers used by supermarkets to lure shoppers into spending extra money. How can you avoid being duped?
UK shoppers braced for Black Friday frenzy
Experts predict that £6,000 will be spent every second today, as shoppers head to the high street — and online — in search of dramatic discounts. But who are the real winners on Black Friday?
Empty shops and dark days on the UK high street
In town centres all over Britain, more and more shops are closing down. Is this the end of the high street, or the beginning of an exciting new era for our communities?
Shops create panic to encourage retail rush
As Christmas approaches, millions of shoppers will head to the malls and high streets. Many dread the sensory overload of gift buying – but it might make us more likely to part with our cash.
Shops battle for survival against internet titans
This Christmas, over two million shoppers are expected to abandon the High Street and buy all their gifts online. Traditional retailers are fighting back – but is their struggle futile?
Poor maths means shoppers pay more, study finds
Shoppers are making basic maths errors that are costing them money, researchers have found. Successful retailers are experts at exploiting our natural inability to think properly about price.
Stores discover secrets in information goldmine
By carefully analysing our buying habits retailers can discover a great deal about us. A remarkable report has revealed how they do it – but is it moral?