November 24, 2017


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Morden Hall Park Garden Centre to open for late night shopping -

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Newbank garden centre founder John Hartle celebrates milestone -

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Garden centre owner ‘lucky to be alive’ after attempting to stop truck theft -

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ice rink returns to Planters Bretby Garden Centre -

Monday, November 20, 2017

Smiemans takes care of Squire’s garden centre metamorphosis -

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Deco-Pak’s Year in Review -

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hawley Garden Centre defends use of reindeer in Santa’s grotto -

Friday, November 17, 2017

Growing garden centre business appoints Finance Director -

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Goulds Garden Centre urges Weymouth residents to ‘gives generously’ this Christmas -

Monday, November 13, 2017

Magical Harry Potter Christmas theme at Rosebank Garden Centre -

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Garden centre flats proposal hangs on affordable housing payout -

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Santa making early appearance at Bents Garden and Home -

Friday, November 10, 2017

Dates and venue announced for AQUA 2019 -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Ellesmere Port garden centre earmarked for housing development -

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Retailers welcome indications of a cap on business rates rises -

Monday, November 6, 2017

BRC: Nielsen shop price index – Non-deflation falls to four year low

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  • Overall Shop Price deflation was 0.3 per cent in August, a slight deceleration from the 0.4 per cent fall in July. Except for June of this year, this is the shallowest deflation rate since November 2013.
  • The deflation rate for prices of Non-Food products was 1.3 per cent, the slowest rate of deflation since April 2013. Electronics posted the slowest rate of deflation on record (the SPI started in 2006).
  • Food prices increased by 1.3 per cent in August on the same month last year, a slight increase on July, when Food price inflation stood at 1.2 per cent.
  • This is the second month we have seen an easing in the inflation rate of Fresh Food. It slowed to 0.8 per cent in August from 1.0 per cent in July.
  • In contrast, the inflation rate of Ambient Food prices accelerated to 1.9 per cent in August from 1.6 per cent in July. This is the highest inflation rate for Ambient Food since December 2013.

Helen Dickinson OBE, chief executive, British Retail Consortium commented: “Non-Food deflation reached its lowest rate in more than four years in August as overall Shop Prices edged closer to inflation.

“The reality is that with protection from hedging policies coming to an end, Non-Food retailers are running out of options for protecting shoppers from the significant increases in the price of imported goods since the EU referendum in June last year. We expect Non-Food prices to continue trending towards year on year inflation.

“Food inflation also moved upward, driven by an acceleration of Ambient Food inflation, although the slowdown in Fresh Food inflation for a second month kept a lid on overall increases in the price of the weekly grocery shop. The seasonal availability of fruit and vegetables from UK suppliers is currently shielding shoppers from the impact of higher import prices. However, as Winter approaches and our dependence shifts to imported goods, that will change.

“While the dynamics of individual elements of the index play out in different ways from month to month, the fact is that the overall pressures on prices are still weighted upwards. That will put an increasing strain on already stretched family budgets. Therefore, it is imperative that the Government puts the UK’s households at the top of its agenda as it enters into negotiations on our future trading relationship with the EU. It should do all it can to avoid a situation where further tariffs and administrative costs lead to price increases on top of those already being faced by consumers.”

Mike Watkins, head of retailer and business insight, Nielsen said: “Food inflation continues to be kept in check by lower increases in fresh and seasonal  foods and as fresh is typically over 40% of the shopper spend in supermarkets, this is helping to offset the rising cost of living in household bills. Whilst consumer sentiment is on the turn and shoppers are becoming cautious about spending on big ticket items, prices are still very competitive on the high street and spend on food and drink has been strong over the summer, albeit disrupted by the changeable weather in August.”

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