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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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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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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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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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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...


Retail sales bounce higher again

Data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) shows that retailers continue to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Share this article linkedin twitter email The latest BRC Retail Index shows UK reta...


Retail sales continue to recover

New data from Retail Economics suggests that retail sales continued to rebound during July, the first full month in which most non-essential retailers were able to welcome shoppers since the beginning of lockdown. Retail sa...


Sales rising as restrictions are relaxed

Restrictions on businesses continue to be loosened across the UK. Share this article linkedin twitter email On 15 August the Government allowed close-contact beauty treatments to resume, and bowling alleys, skating r...


Retail sales start to bounce back

New research from analyst Retail Economics show that UK retail sales started to stage a recovery from the lockdown in June. From 31 May to 4 July the value of sales was up 1.6% year on year. Share this article linkedin t...


Polarisation in retail and wholesale: what this means for the UK economy

This is the latest update from Santander's retail & wholesale team on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting our clients and the sector as a whole. Share this article linkedin twitter email The retail and wholes...