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General Merchandise News

Read our latest news on the general merchandise retail industry. Includes articles and commentary covering retailers in the UK such as Pets at Home, Amazon and more.

Sports Direct opens new flagship store in Cardiff as it launches new outdoor category

Sports Direct is opening a new flagship store in Cardiff today as it launches its new outdoor category. Spanning 60,000 square feet, the store will feature the... View Article
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Consumer confidence ‘stalls’ in February

Consumer confidence ‘stalls’ in February

23 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

Consumer confidence has edged down in February as people feel concerned about the general economy and persistently higher inflation. According to GfK’s long-running Consumer Confidence Index,... View Article

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Bondi Sands appoints first chief tanning officer

Bondi Sands appoints first chief tanning officer

23 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

Australian tanning brand Bondi Sands has appointed Colt Paulsen as its first chief tanning officer. Known as the ‘Gay Man With A Spray Tan’ on social... View Article

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BP strengthens retail team with hiring of David Phillpot as convenience trading director, Europe

BP strengthens retail team with hiring of David Phillpot as convenience trading director, Europe

22 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

BP has appointed David Phillpot to the newly created role of convenience trading director for Europe. With over 25 years’ experience in food retail role, Phillpot... View Article

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Jollyes’ partnership with BillyChip delivers £25,000 in donations in first six weeks

Jollyes’ partnership with BillyChip delivers £25,000 in donations in first six weeks

22 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

Jollyes’ new partnership with the BillyChip social enterprise scheme has already generated over £25,000 in donations for homeless people and their pets. In the first six... View Article

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Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield announces host of signings for Croydon’s Centrale & Whitgift

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield announces host of signings for Croydon’s Centrale & Whitgift

22 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

Shopping centre operator Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has announced a host of new lease signings for Centrale & Whitgift in Croydon. These include a first store in the capital... View Article

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Angling Direct hails ‘robust’ sales as it continues to grow market share

Angling Direct hails ‘robust’ sales as it continues to grow market share

21 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

Angling Direct has posted a 10.2% increase in full-year revenue to £81.7 million despite a “challenging consumer landscape” and disruption to fishing caused by storms in... View Article

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Atria Watford to welcome host of new stores

Atria Watford to welcome host of new stores

21 February 2024 by Angela Beevers

Atria Watford is to welcome four new retailers to its line-up this year. These will include B&M and Choice Discount as well as a combined store... View Article

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Best Retail Customer Engagement Platforms, Tools and Software

Best Retail Customer Engagement Platforms, Tools and Software

19 February 2024 by Natalie Fresen

Enter the dynamic world of modern retail, where customer engagement platforms reign supreme as the ultimate catalysts for capturing consumer attention. In a crowded arena where... View Article

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Children as young as ten fuelling rise in attacks on high street staff and security

Children as young as ten fuelling rise in attacks on high street staff and security

19 February 2024 by Natalie Fresen

Thousands of incidents of anti-social behaviour, customer complaints and shoplifting reported already in 2024, says leading security company Kingdom Security, who have a specialist retail division, working... View Article

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