january sales

SMEs Warned Over Christmas and January Sales Commerce Crash

Easynet Connect, one of the leading ISPs for small and medium sized enterprises, has today warned SMEs to prepare their connections and employees for the festive period ahead. With the biggest UK online shopping days expected in early December, and high levels of online sales activity expected for the January sales, smaller online retailers need to ensure their connections can cope with the surge in traffic to their websites. At the same time, with more people expected to shop online this year than ever before, SMEs need to have policies in place to ensure their employees do not use significant work hours to hunt for their festive bargains. Andy Sumner, sales and marketing director at Easynet Connect comments, “The festive period is often the most lucrative season for retailers, and ... »

January Sales Give Retailers Surprise Boost

Retail sales in January this year were higher than in the same period in 2008, after businesses cut prices to encourage consumers to keep spending, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BRC’s monthly retail sales monitor revealed that, despite the recession, shop sales increased by 1.1 per cent on January 2008 – taking industry analysts unawares.  “These figures are surprising considering people are currently reining in their spending,” said BRC spokesman Krishan Rama. “But although there may be some room for optimism, it may just be a blip due to discounting. “The fundamentals haven’t changed – job fears are mounting and consumer confidence is at record lows,” he added. The BRC research also found food sales increa... »

Sales Fall

Retail sales plummet in early January

High–street sales fell for the tenth month in a row in January 2009 and are expected to decline further in February, according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Their research found that 63% of retailers reported a drop in sales in the first two weeks of January compared with the same period last year, while just 16% reported a rise. More than half the retailers surveyed predicted that sales would fall further in February. CBI chief economic adviser Ian McCafferty said: “Most of the retail sector continues to struggle as the recession bites more deeply, and February will be tough,” “Later this year we hope to see some benefit from recent interest rate cuts, falling inflation, and the Government’s steps to kick–start lending. But retailers w... »

Christmas Shoppers

Retail sales fall for second consecutive month

UK retail sales have fallen for two consecutive months for the first time in 13 years, leaving retailers anxious for better Christmas sales, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Their research found that total sales were down 0.4% in November from a year earlier, following a 0.1%decline in October. It was the first fall in overall sales for two months in a row since the BRC survey was first conducted in 1995. BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “Retailers will be hoping that customers have been putting off Christmas shopping — not cancelling it. With money tight at the moment shoppers can take advantage of the extraordinary level of deals, offers and promotions. The recent VAT and interest rate cuts may also provide some stimulation.” However, BRC spo... »