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18th May 2021

Pandemic impacts felt across the British economy

Our new research highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has had very different impacts on individual parts of the UK economy.

British businesses look to new markets for export growth

Our latest research shows that North America, Oceania and Greater China are the favoured regions for UK businesses seeking export opportunities beyond the European Union (EU).

Building back better with digital

Our new research shows international trade is set to provide UK businesses with a route out of the difficulties they have faced over the past 12 months.

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Retail sales continue to recover despite new coronavirus restrictions

The recovery of retail sales continued in October, with shoppers spending more for the fifth successive month. New data reveals that sales rose 4.9% compared to October 2019 (on a total basis) according to the BRC-KPMG Reta...

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More post-Brexit support available

The Government has unveiled more support for logistics businesses on post-Brexit customs arrangements, as the UK prepares to leave the single market and the customs union on 31 December. With the post-Brexit transition peri...

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UK lockdowns highlight importance of international opportunities

Figures from the British Retail Consortium show that UK sales were up 5.2% on a like-for-like basis in October -- an increase which excludes temporarily closed stores, but takes online sales into account. On a total basis,...

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Regulatory concerns rise as Brexit looms

The regulatory implications of the UK's departure from the European Union (EU) are a serious concern for businesses in all parts of the economy. With just a few weeks until the end of the implementation period, British fi...

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Retailers should prepare for sustained online demand

The BRC Retail Index shows retail sales increased 6.1% on a like-for-like basis in September when compared to a year earlier. This figure excludes stores which were closed temporarily, but includes online purchases. On a to...

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Government publishes latest plans for cross-border trade

Businesses operating across the sector see overcoming bureaucracy as the biggest challenge when trading internationally, as highlighted in our latest Trade Barometer report, which was published in early October. Nearly two-...

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Retail & Wholesale: Trade Barometer research highlights international opportunities

Aerospace manufacturing grew 0.7% in August but was still down by 27.7% over the six months from February, new data from ADS shows.

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Transport & Logistics: Trade Barometer report puts focus on international opportunities

Santander has launched its fourth annual Trade Barometer report, charting the sentiment and attitudes of UK businesses with a specific focus on international trade. The research found that while the impact of coronavirus ha...

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The rise and rise of online retail

The latest research from Retail Economics highlights the continuing boom in ecommerce. Online sales rose by 52.7% year-on-year in August (in value terms and non-seasonally adjusted), compared to an 11.6% rise in the same mo...

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New rules to keep goods moving post-Brexit

The Government has announced further plans in recent days to reduce congestion at the UK's key transit points in Kent when the post-Brexit transition period comes to an end on 31 December. MP, Michael Gove, has unveiled t...