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  • Title: Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: .. Blackburn House, Brake Lane, Newark, Notts, NG22 9HQ - telephone: +44 (0)1623 867 559 - e-mail:.. research@retailresearch.. org.. Welcome to the Centre for Retail Research Website.. The Centre for Retail Research provides authoritative and expert research and analysis of the retail and service sectors in Britain, Europe  ...   we do, although much of our work is confidential to the client.. Our work is based on understanding retail and consumer trends for our client, analysing the main drivers of retail change, and making accurate forecasts.. To enter the site click here.. top ^^.. design by chant 4..

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  • Title: Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: Who's Gone Bust July 2013 (updated 8/8/13).. NEW.. The Royal Baby - Retail estimates (added 17/6/13).. Retail In 2018 - Report (added 28/5/13).. Tweet.. Tell a friend about this page.. For regular updates about retail news, current retail trends, and our surveys please follow us on twitter as well as sending us your details.. The Centre, originally a university research group, has been independent since 1997.. Its Director is Professor Joshua Bamfield.. It is totally independent and is not connected to any outside organisation or interest group.. Our work is based on.. - understanding retail and consumer trends for our client.. - analysing the main drivers of retail change.. - making accurate forecasts.. Many of our key areas of interest can be seen in the menu column to the right of this page.. They include.. Retail Forecasts:.. consumer spending; Christmas and seasonal spending forecasts; the future pattern of stores; payment systems; ethical retailing and green retailing; retail failures.. e-Commerce trends:.. the growth of online (e-commerce) and multi-channel retailing.. Economics of Retailing:.. trends in costs, productivity, and output for different retail sectors.. Specialist economic forecasts for retail/service sector.. Crime and Fraud:.. Our research into retail crime and fraud acts as a benchmark for retail corporations worldwide.. CRR's best-known report is the.. Global Retail  ...   Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany.. Our reports are carried by major newspapers including The Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Time Magazine, Daily Mail, The Sun, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Daily/ Financieele Dagblad (Amsterdam), Täglicher Marktbe (Germany), Expansion (Spain), The Irish Independent, Irish Post, the Times of India, Washington Times, and International Herald Tribune.. About Us.. Contact Us.. Latest News.. Retail In 2018: Shop Numbers, Online And The High Street.. The Royal Baby - Retail Estimates.. Queens Diamond Jubilee.. London Olympics 2012.. Royal Wedding Research.. Shopping for Christmas.. The Store of the Future 2012-15.. The VAT Increase, UK Retailing and the Consumer.. Alcohol Minimum Pricing.. Who's Gone Bust in Retailing?.. Online Retailing: Britain and Europe.. World Shopping Capitals.. Retail Ethics and Green Retailing.. Shopping for the World Cup.. Retail Forecast for 2013-2014.. Retail Price Index.. Retail Payment Systems and Payment Costs.. European VAT rates, ecommerce and US Sales Tax.. Retail Crime in the UK.. GRTB 2012.. GRTB - Global Trends and Results of Latest Survey.. GRTB - Current Survey.. GRTB - Does LP Spend Cut Shrink?.. Middle Class Shoplifting.. Shoplifting for Christmas.. Shoplifters' Hit Parade.. Can Thieves Compensate Business?.. What Society pays for Crime against Shops.. Previous Forecasts.. Previous Who's Gone Bust.. Black and Minority Ethnic Retailers.. Drugs, Female Offenders and Young People..

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  • Title: Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: Shopping and Crime.. by Professor Joshua Bamfield.. An important new book by Professor Joshua Bamfield on the causes of retail crime and combating it.. SHOPPING AND CRIME.. by Prof Joshua A N Bamfield.. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan.. Publication date: 16 March 2012.. Price 55.. 00.. ISBN: 9780230521605.. Hardback.. Shopping and Crime can be ordered from all good bookshops and is available online from Amazon, Waterstones, Blackwells, WH Smith and Palgrave Macmillan.. Or buy it from us (.. send an email.. ).. To Buy this book, you can use these links which go straight to the.. form.. Palgrave Macmillan.. http://www.. palgrave.. com/products/title.. aspx?pid=278864.. Amazon.. amazon.. co.. uk/Shopping-Crime-Prevention-Security-Management/dp/0230521606.. Blackwells.. http://bookshop.. blackwell.. uk/jsp/id/Shopping_and_Crime/9780230521605.. Waterstones.. waterstones.. com/waterstonesweb/products/joshua+bamfield/shopping+and+crime/8810289/.. WH Smith.. whsmith.. uk/CatalogAndSearch/ProductDetails.. aspx?productID=9780230521605.. MORE ABOUT THE BOOK.. SHOPPING AND CRIME: HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF.. The Costs of Retail Crime.. Theft from shops is the largest crime in Britain involving many more incidents and higher total losses than other crimes against individuals such as thefts from cars, burglary, mugging and other high-profile crimes - but it attracts a fraction of police attention and public sympathy because of a UK consensus that retailers bring it on themselves, according to a controversial new book.. Based on 2010 Home Office data, there were 540,655 domestic burglaries, 339,140 thefts from a vehicle, violence injury of a person 401,743 and robbery 75,101.. The 800,000 witnessed shoplifting incidents and the sector official total of 11 million thefts - although the figure could be more than double this amount because of the number of times when thieves operate with impunity and not get caught or reported - outweigh these other crimes by a substantial amount.. In addition the amount actually stolen from retailers is the mind-boggling total of almost £4 billion, with shoplifting alone costing shops £1,886 million.. Despite the public indifference to shop theft, it is not a victimless crime because it costs each family in the UK £263.. 14 each year in increased prices to pay for the costs of crime including almost £1000 million worth of anti-theft technology.. In addition the HMRC lost £915 million on missing VAT, duty and corporation tax; court costs and punishment costs amounted to £474 million; and police costs of dealing with retail crime were £71 million.. Retailers had to pay a further £446 million for business disruption, lost sales, and the human costs of dealing with violence and threats.. Celebrity Shoplifting.. Antony Worrall Thompson's recent alleged theft of wine and cheese from Tesco makes him one of a number of so-called celebrity shoplifters whose reported misdemeanours were presented with an almost light-hearted glee across the tabloid press.. But a new book -.. - argues that celebrity shoplifting is nothing new - it pre-dates the introduction of self-service supermarkets, but - our attitudes to store theft have changed.. For example, in 1799, Jane Perot, Jane Austin's aunt was apprehended and held in gaol until her trial for stealing lace, a crime of which she was months later acquitted.. The author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe, himself a former retailer, argued in his 1726 journal.. "The Complete English Tradesman.. ' that stores were being forced to employ more staff than justified by the level of trade, simply to prevent theft - perhaps the earliest example of store detectives or guards and an early indication that retailers must help themselves to prevent thieves helping themselves to merchandise.. Defoe also used his novel Moll Flanders to describe tricks of the trade for shoplifting in 18th Century London.. But in this fascinating expose published on.. 16th March by Palgrave MacMillan, £55,.. the retail economist Professor Joshua Bamfield takes the long view of retail crime which sees the term 'lifting' coined as early as 1597 when referring to specialist crime where thieves passed garments to accomplices out of a window.. Anecdotally, although no record exists, this could refer to sash windows that had to be first 'lifted' to make good their escape.. As Jane Perot personified, shoplifting was not the preserve of the poor, but also the domain of the prosperous middle classes as depicted in the 1787 picture -.. The Shop Lifter Detected.. which shows a fashionably dressed lady relinquishing the lace she had stolen and concealed underneath her dress.. Staff theft, which today represents a significant proportion of store losses through people in positions of trust, was prevalent in the 18th century.. Defoe compared a retailer who took on such a 'thievish servant' to be like a journeyman who invites a highwayman into his carriage.. Shifting Attitudes to Retail Crime.. Bamfield, also the author of the Global Retail Theft Barometer and Director of the Centre for Retail Research takes his readers on a further historical journey.. He explores a theory that from the 1698 Shoplifting Act which made theft of any item over  ...   argued that shoplifting was 'fashionable' because those involved were not in need.. The diagnosis of 'kleptomania' was developed to prevent shame for middle-class female shoplifters.. A theme of empty consumerism - shoppers perceived to be worshipping in the cathedrals of Mammon through 'greed rather than need' and supermarkets driving smaller stores out of business and applying commercial price pressure to hard working farmers and suppliers - have contributed to a feeling that large businesses may be justified targets for criminal behaviour.. The police often do not fully support retailers and may argue that retailers must do more to help themselves.. The Riots.. This view was crystallised in last year's August riots where the disturbances galvanised an instant Government, police and criminal justice response with participants being handed down lengthy jail sentences.. Yet the riots were simply an acute version of the daily theft, aggravation and violence that retailers of all kinds face regularly.. The new book argues that the level of response to the rioters was unprecedented and away from the cameras, retailers have long been the victims of industrial levels of theft and the perpetrators are individuals not stealing for their own use but organised and travelling gangs funding flamboyant lifestyles from the proceeds of their sophisticated activities, safe in the knowledge that in the current climate attitudes to business crime allow much of their activity to pass under the radar.. Bamfield cleverly relates the untold story of the chronic under-reporting and the worsening indifference of the UK's 43 police forces as the budget cuts continue to take hold.. He illustrates that although 800,000 thieves are apprehended by retailers every year, only 300,000 are handed over to the police, of which, only a tiny fraction result in a successful criminal prosecution.. Bamfield takes both a historic and economic perspective to underline his arguments.. The retail industry in the UK is the largest in Europe employing almost 3 million people and representing 23% of the country's GDP - more than that of the whole of the UK manufacturing sector.. As such, the UK High Street is the shop window of economic performance - if footfall is strong, so is the British economy.. But, he argues, there is a darker, unreported side to the High Street: retail crime, the full impact of which would have a seismic impact upon the criminal justice system if all incidents were put into the hands of the increasingly reluctant police and court system.. Retail crime - that committed by customers, dishonest staff, supply chain workers and credit card fraudsters - is conservatively estimated to cost £4 billion each year, a figure that includes the multi-million pounds worth of investment in detection equipment paid for the retailers themselves as the state focuses upon terrorism, drugs and child exploitation as key police priorities as KPIs over and above business crime.. Shopping and Crime also analyses the minutia of retail crime from average amounts stolen (£67) to what is stolen, what is their Modus operandi and what time of day and day of the week is the optimum theft time.. He considers who steals more - men or women - and points out that far from one off small amounts that average hauls are large, lucrative and often industrial (stolen sums of more than £150 amount for almost half of the shop theft offences.. It also throws a forensic light on the blight of employee theft and why collusion can be gender specific.. What Next?.. This definitive work looks at public policy issues and what is happening on the other side of the Atlantic where growing trends in Organised Retail Crime have prompted harsher sentencing models.. If Worrall Thompson is found guilty of theft, he is an example of an 'atypical' shop thief, those public figures like Jane Austin's aunt who are psychological risk takers - role models who are subjected to careful scrutiny by their public and somehow believing that the normal rules of society do not apply to them - even, Bamfield argues in extreme cases - despising store staff as ant-like creatures who simply take orders and can be easily fooled or that nothing will happen to them even if they do get caught.. They are quite simply better than the security systems and the more pedestrian consumers who have to pay for their goods.. It is an act of winning.. Contents of Shopping and Crime.. Shopping and crime.. Shopping and offending.. Shopper and shoplifter.. How shoplifters shop the store.. The crime of theft: how much is stolen?.. Theft by employees.. The politics of retail crime prevention.. Crime and punishment.. The roles of loss prevention.. Managing loss prevention.. Conclusions.. To buy a copy of.. by Prof Joshua A N Bamfield.. Price £55.. Use these links to the book:..

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  • Title: Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: The Global Retail Theft Barometer 2011.. GLOBAL RETAIL THEFT BAROMETER 2011.. Shrinkage rises to $119 billion in 2011, up 6.. 6% since 2010.. Shrinkage an average of 1.. 45% in 43 countries compared to 1.. 36% in 2010.. 35.. 9% of retailers reported that actual and attempted shoplifting rose last year and 24% suffered higher employee theft.. The costs of retail crime-plus-loss prevention were $128 billion in 2011 equivalent to $199.. 89 per family.. ($66.. 27 per individual).. Key Results.. After a dip in shrinkage last year (2009-10), shrinkage has risen in the 12-months ending June 2011 as a result of increased shoplifting, higher employee fraud, and organized retail crime (ORC).. Total global shrink in 2011 cost retailers $119.. 092 billion, an average of 1.. 45% of global retail sales.. The shrinkage.. rate.. was an average of 6.. 6% higher than 2010.. Last year shrinkage was $108.. 092 billion (1.. 36%  ...   43 countries provided 1,187 useable responses, 25%.. , with combined sales of $984 billion.. The results are grossed up to be equivalent the size of every national retail market surveyed.. Causes of Shrinkage.. The causes of shrinkage reflect retailer perceptions of the causes of shrinkage in their own businesses.. Internal error including mispricing, invoicing errors and administrative failure cost $19.. 4 billion, representing 16.. 2% of total shrinkage.. Dishonest employees were thought to cause $41.. 7 billion (35.. 0% of shrinkage) of losses and customer theft, including shoplifting and organized retail crime, cost retailers $51.. 5 billion in 2011 (43.. 2% of total shrinkage) compared to $45.. 4 billion in 2010.. This was a year-on-year increase of 13.. 4% in customer theft.. Sources of Shrinkage Loss by Continent.. Organised Retail Crime 2011.. Shrinkage by Country (percentage of sales).. Shrinkage Losses of Most Vulnerable Lines.. Grocery.. Loss Prevention Spending 2011.. Tagging and RFID..

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  • Title: Who's Gone Bust in July 2013 - Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: Who's Gone Bust in Retailing 2010-13?.. July 2013.. 2013.. Note that this list and similar lists for 2007 to 2010 relate primarily to medium or large retail businesses.. We do not include takeovers unless we see this as being equivalent to business failure.. Please read the legal stuff below.. As we all know these days, failure is often a temporary inconvenience; we are not suggesting that these businesses no longer survive, simply that they have experienced difficulties and the people with slide rules have moved in at some time.. Note that we have put the pre-2010 list of companies in administration into the Section on.. Previous Reports.. 2007-2013 Review.. 2012 was the worst year since 2008, with more than 48,000 employees affected, almost 4,000 stores and 54 retailers.. The reasons include: a second economic downturn causing weak retail sales; the failure of a few retail giants (eg Peacocks and Comet) which bumped up the figures for affected employees and stores; and the exiting of many companies that could survive a year or so of recession but not four years of low profits or losses.. So far, 2013 looks to be even worse.. Companies failing.. Stores Affected.. Employees Affected.. 2013 (to end July).. 38.. 2,153.. 21,095.. 2012 (12 months).. 54.. 3,951.. 48,142.. 2011 (12 months).. 31.. 2,469.. 24,025.. 2010 (12 months).. 26.. 944.. 10,930.. 2009 (12 months).. 37.. 6,536.. 26,688.. 2008 (12 months).. 5,793.. 74,539.. 2007 (12 months).. 25.. 2,600.. 14,083.. Companies affected in the last five years have included Comet, JJB Sports, Clinton Cards, Game, Borders, Barratts, Alexon, T J Hughes, Jane Norman, Habitat, Focus DIY, Floors-2-Go, the Officers Club, Oddbins, Ethel Austin, Faith Shoes, Adams Childrenswear, Thirst Quench, Stylo, Mosaic, Principles, Sofa Workshop, Allied Carpets, Viyella, Dewhursts, Woolworths, MFI, and Zavvi/Virgin Megastore.. Legal Note:.. this listing of UK retailers who went into receivership between 2005 and 2013 is based on research carried out at the time and our understanding of their business affairs then.. Some of these companies recovered and came out of administration; some were bought by other businesses; some were sold as going concerns but changed their name; for some, the name was bought and this is still used, but under different ownership; and others ceased to exist.. The presence of any business in this historical listing must not be taken to imply that it no longer exists, its name is not used or that such business, if still trading, is impaired in anyway.. Retraction.. Store Twenty One.. Early in 2013 we incorrectly listed this company as one of several retailers in difficulties.. This was incorrect and we regret any contrary implication.. We have deleted the entry.. Failures in 2013.. Homebase Ireland,.. the Irish arm of the DIY group, has been put into 'examinership' in Eire after five years of losses.. Its sales in Ireland have fallen by 31% since 2009.. It proposes to close three of its 15 stores (17 FT and 79 PT staff affected).. The system of 'upward-only' rent reviews has meant that they are paying (in their view) excessively high rents, which they are attempting to reduce.. Other UK chains that have put their Irish companies through examinership include B&Q and Monsoon.. Begbies Traynor,.. one of the major restructuring and recovery businesses has seen its profits halved to £2.. 4 mn in the last year.. Obviously the company is not a retailer and not in difficulties, but it may be significant that the company's rationale for the profit fall was that there were not enough companies failing.. Laindon, a Basildon shopping centre,.. owned by Laindon Regeneration, has gone into administration.. It was bought at the very worst time for £11.. 5 mn in 2007 and the company has failed to keep it commitments to its bankers.. It was originally intended to demolish the existing centre and rebuild in collaboration with the council, but thje company failure may prevent this.. Nicole Farhi,.. the iconic luxury fashion retailer, went into administration in July.. It employs 120 staff, has six stores, 10 concessions and a website.. The company was set up by Nicole Farhi and her then husband, Stephen Marks (head of French Connection) in 1982.. French Connection sold it to private equity firm OpenGate in 2010, who sold their stake to Kelso Place Asset Management.. The most-recent company results (for 2010) show losses of almost £6 mn on sales of £21.. 7 mn.. Gelert,.. the camping equipment retailer, was been saved from administration by Sports Direct, which bought its four Welsh stores, a Haydock showroom, and its wholesale operation run from Widnes.. Thirty employees are involved.. Ark,.. the swish Leeds-based fashion retailer, is to enter administration.. It is owned by Rett Retail Ltd and has 17 stores and 410 employees.. The company was later bought by JD Sports, who closed four uneconomic stores affecting 40 jobs.. Internaçionale,.. the value clothing retailer with 145 stores and 920 staff, has gone into administration for the second time (previously 2008).. It bought 85 MK fashion stores after that firm went into administration.. Modelzone,.. the toy/game/model retailer selling more than 10,000 lines (!), is to go into administration.. It has 48 stores and 500 employees.. Slurp.. uk,.. the online drinks retailer owned by Ribica International, has been acquired by the online retailer S H Jones.. Slurp, established in 2004, specialised in single bottles of premium wines.. It also bought the software, assets and retained the staff.. S H Jones has stores in Banbury, Bicester, and Leamington and purchased the Hawkeshead Wines (online) operation in January 2013.. Comet, again.. Former owners Hailey Acquisitions are believed to be purchasing Comet's losses of £27 mn in order to set against their own taxes.. They bought Comet in 2012 from Darty for £2 and received £50 mn investment from Darty.. Comet's failure cost HMRC itself £50 mn and 6,000 employees lost their jobs.. Derby Riverlights Developments,.. the entertainments complex that includes two hotels, a Spar convenience store, Jimmy's World Grill, and a Casino Genting Club, went into administration in June.. Kyle Shopping Centre and Arran Mall,.. shopping centres located in the town centre of Ayr, both went into administration in June as a result of a fall in shopper numbers caused by increased competition from rival centres.. Dwell,.. the well-thought of national furniture retailer, went into administration in June 2013 with 350 jobs at risk and around £1 mn of customer deposits.. There are four flagship stores in Lakeside, Tottenham Court Rd, Trafford Centre and Glasgow, and 20 other stores.. Six new stores were opened last year.. Sales were £34 mn last year but losses over the last three years amounted to £5.. 6 mn.. Aamir Ahmad, the founder of Dwell, has now bought the company out of administration, and reopened five stores and restarted the website.. Lisa Ho,.. Australian high-end fashion retailer, went into administration in May, since when six of its eleven stores have closed.. It lost $A2.. 4 mn last year and owes creditors $A11 mn.. Although some companies are interested in buying what remains of the chain, the remaining shops are on sale till the end of June when they will finally close and 100 people lose their jobs.. Past Times, again.. The 51 Past Times stores that continued to trade under administration have all been closed.. The website has been purchased by W H Smith, which bought the Past Times brand, and this has been shut down also.. White Rabit Records,.. Essex-based music retailer trading as 'Digital Village' and 247.. com, has gone into administration with seven of its eight stores already closed.. Sales in 2010, the peak year, were £37 million.. A German retailer is thought to have bought the website, but the owner of the flagship store is yet unconfirmed.. Infinity Furniture,.. Liverpool, trading as the Bed Shop, Hudsons and The Furniture Company at 66 Long Lane Liverpool with an online presence at different websites and a claimed 1 million customers has ceased trading as a result of a large bad debt.. There are other business at the same address including Furniture 66; their position is unknown.. Coggles Limited,.. the York fashion retailer established in 1974, went into administration in May.. There are about 60 staff, one-half of which were made redundant immediately.. As well as the designer store, Coggles ran a large online business sourcing designs from more than 200 collections.. Icetech,.. a company manufacturing freezers in Castletown Scotland, went into administration in April.. It had been a major supplier to Comet, which collapsed owing the small business £0.. 9 million.. It was unable to recover from this blow and the loss of half its business.. There were 70 employees.. This website does not really concern itself with suppliers, but every time a retailer goes bust it is certain that traders involved in shopfitting, logistics, storage, landlords, small-scale services and local manufacture will suffer considerable losses which may be the final blow to some of them.. Xtra-Vision,.. the Irish entertainment rental and retail business, went into administration as being 'unable to meet its debts'.. It cited the decline in film rentals as being key to its failure.. It has 152 stores in Ireland (42 in Northern Ireland) and 1,023 employees.. The majority of its shops are still profitable so it is likely that the business will continue in a reduced form.. Leslie Cass,.. the Sheffield jeweller, became the third jeweller to crash in six weeks.. Textiles Direct,.. (readymade curtains, bedding and linens etc) with 50 stores and 300 staff went into administration early in April.. Five stores have already closed.. A company restructuring in 2010 already cut store numbers from 75 outlets, but company sales fell 20% in 2012.. The.. Textiles Direct.. website is owned by a separate company and is unaffected by the administration.. Brandspace Group,.. one of Britain's major suppliers of temporary space and pop-up shops, has lost several shopping centre contracts and is seeking a buyer.. Its most recent accounts show losses of £2.. 3 mn on sales of £6.. 5 mn.. Ortak,.. the major design jeweller with 15 shops in Scotland and two in England, went into administration at the beginning of April.. There are 150 employees.. The company, established in Kirkwall by designer Malcolm Gray, had grown to a turnover of £7.. 3 million but had been hit by the recession and the rapid increase in the price of raw materials.. Mercury FX Limited,.. the special effects company for the Dr Who series, went into administration early in March owing the HMRC money.. Sugar Mill Retail Park,.. Plymouth, with 14,000 sq ft of space and 25 tenants has been bought from the administrators by Chris Dawson, owner of the £500 mn turnover Range chain.. Sentimentally his first shop was on the same estate.. Taps,.. the plumbers merchant which also supplies bathrooms, entered administration in March.. There are eight branches and 20 staff mainly in the north east.. Semple Fraser,.. a Glasgow law firm with 20 partners and 100 staff, is to go into administration.. Clive Ranger Rings,.. a four-store jeweller in the West Country and South Wales, with 34 employees, went into administration in March.. Spirit,.. a ladies fashion store, with 20 employees at branches in Marlborough, Devizies, Bradford-on-Avon and Frome, went into voluntary liquidation owing £0.. 4 million.. Style Passport,.. the fashion e-commerce retailer started by former Marie Claire fashion editor Sarah Walter is being placed in voluntary liquidation and wound up.. All existing customers and promises will be met.. The company has failed to meet expectations and will cease trading.. Monsoon Accessorize Ireland.. is to appoint an examiner (=go into administration).. The UK operations are not affected.. Dreams,.. the bed retailer, went into administration for one day as part of being restructured, before being acquired by private equity firm Sun European Partners for £35 mn.. It was worth £222 mn a few years ago.. Sun Europe has purchased the head office, its 2 manufacturing plants and 171 stores (1675 employees).. That leaves the other 93 stores not part of the deal in administration.. Sun also owns ScS, Alexon and bed specialist Sharps.. West One Fashion,.. the young woman's fashion retailer with 17 stores went into administration at the end of February.. There are around 35 employees affected.. Republic,.. the mid-market youth fashion retailer with 121 stores and 1,600 employees, went into administration in mid-February in order to reorganise (=close shops) before the next quarterly rent period.. Negotiations with landlords came to nothing.. It has been suffering because it cannot afford the high rents and rates of UK high streets and the youth market has been one of the most strongly hit sectors.. Its chairman departed in Jan and the company twitter accounts closed, the modern precursor to announcing bad news.. Rapid Hardware,.. the Liverpool family-run business that operates from a 10K sq ft store in Williamson Sq, went into administration in early February.. The company was established in 1971 and has 90 employees.. It left its original property and moved into the heart of Liverpool's retail district in 2009.. B Q Ireland,.. a subsidiary of Kingfisher Group, has appointed an examiner (this is Irish law for administration) to enable the business to continue trading in order to survive.. It may close up to four of its nine stores.. PleaseandThankyou,.. the online business start-up run by Peter Gelardi (co-founder of failed wedding gifts provider,.. Wrapit.. [see below]) has been wound up with no debts.. The company sold home and garden products.. Excellar,.. the wine retail chain with 7 stores in the South East and one in Paris, went into administration at the end of January.. There are 45 staff.. Simon Baile, former head of Oddbins, originally bought 158 Oddbins stores from Castel Frères, but the chain went into administration in 2011.. The present Exceller was rescued from the administrator.. Cobbetts,.. the law firm with 500 employees sat in offices in Birmingham, Leeds and London went into administration at the end of January.. Its revenue to April 2012 was £45 million, but debts amounted to £10 million.. £400 million IT reseller/integrator, 2e2, with 2,000 staff has also gone into administration.. Mothercare Australia.. has been put into administration by it parent.. Its recent performance has been weak and it represented only 7% of Mothercare international sales.. Mothercare UK and other subsidiaries are unaffected.. Godfrey,.. the Norwich-based DIY retailer established in the 1980s, with stores in Stowe, Diss and Norwich is to go into liquidation.. An attempt in December to focus on the Norwich store of the £5 mn business came to nothing and the business is to be wound down with 51 employees likely to lose their jobs.. Sales had been falling since the recession started.. Midlands Co-op.. is to close its eight non-food outlets including department stores in Derby, Coalville, Chesterfield, Stafford, Ilkeston and Wigston plus small furnishings/homeware operations in West Bridgford and Long Eaton.. The food operations, by far the biggest part of the business, are unaffected.. D.. J.. Jenkins Stores,.. operator of five general stores in the East Midlands, has gone into administration because of a downturn in trade affecting 198 employees.. All stores are thought likely to close by the end of February.. Play.. com,.. the popular etailer, is to close its retail operations and concentrate on acting as an internet third party to other organisations.. It is the second largest etailer with 14 million registered users and 500 employees, operating behind the VAT-free regulations (Low Value Consignment Relief) in Jersey.. However the value of the company was only £25 mn when acquired by Rakuten, which had also folded its PriceMinister etail business into Play.. com.. The business can only have been marginally profitable because, when the VAT-free status was withdrawn by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in 2012, the etailer decided to close its retail operations.. It has not gone bust but beat a strategic retreat.. Other parts of the business continue unaffected.. La Senza,.. , the remains of the women lingerie retailer bought out of administration in 2012, is to go into liquidation.. Alshaya bought 60 of the original 140 stores in 2012, saving 1,100 jobs.. The liquidation is thought to be a financial reorganisation not affecting La Senza's current operations.. The European arm is also to be liquidated.. Sony Centre,.. the East Midlands based electronics and electrical goods retailers, has closed its stores in Derby, Nottingham, Lincoln and Leicester and its staff of 24 have been made redundant.. The parent company is Raresupply Company.. Gio Gio,.. the menswear retailer sold in JD Sports, USC, Littlewoods, Republic, Lifestyle and independents, went into administration in mid-January and its staff of 24 have been made redundant.. It closed three stores last summer (Aberdeen, Glasgow and Manchester) but could not stem continued losses.. Blockbuster,.. the national chain of video (rental) stores, went into administration in mid January.. There are 528 stores with 4,190 employees.. Like HMV the chain was a former market leader, adversely affected by the importance of video downloads and online rentals and DVD sales.. HMV,.. the last UK chain of music and entertainment stores, went into administration after a weak Christmas and years of fighting a losing battle against downloads and online retailers.. There are 238 stores and 4,350 employees.. HMV is still trading though it is unlikely to attract a buyer for the whole business.. The failure of HMV is likely to be a 'Woolworths' moment' where shoppers (and no-longer shoppers) realise that a changing world is exactly that.. Ethel Austin,.. the 32 remaining stores of the once-flourishing budget chain (which had 300 stores at one time), were closed immediately in January as the company went into administration for the fourth time.. In July 2012, Liric bought 32 stores from the restructuring specialist GA Europe, but the company has been unable to continue.. See below for previous administrations.. Jessops,.. the only national UK camera retailer, was the first major retailer to go into administration in 2013.. It had grown from around 50 stores in 1994, acquired Camera Crew and City Camera Exchange, and had more than 200 stores by 2002.. It sold its central premises in 2008, avoided administration in 2009 by carrying out a debt for equity swap (involving HSBC taking 47% of its equity and a £34mn debt write-off).. The administrators closed down Jessops' 193 stores and fired its 2,000 staff, two days after taking control, partly at the instigation of Jessop's suppliers.. Goods were returned to suppliers, who had become concerned that a 'fire sale' of under-price merchandise by Jessops' would undermine everyone's businesses for the following few months.. In France, Virgin Megastores.. (1000 staff and 25 stores) is to close under pressure from online competition.. Our legal advisors point out that it is owned by an investment company not Sir Richard Branson.. Italy: FNAC and Blockbuster.. have announced they will close their Italian operations.. Ethel Austin/Life&Style:.. the administrators have stated that they may take action against 'certain parties' as a result of the failure of Life&Style in 2011.. K Village,.. a shopping outlet opened in Kendall in June 2010, went into administration in January.. It failed to attract sufficient tenants.. Failures in 2012.. Green Blue Wines,.. ethical retailer of organic wines in the London area, went out of business in December.. Highly-targeted businesses of this character have found the UK a very inclement market since the recession started.. Wine Shak,.. a chain of 14 off-licences created out of the ruins of Thirst Quench (Oddbins, Threshers), went into administration in December, taking with it Hampshire-based Wickham Vineyards (the owner).. The main thrust of the chain was to support English wine, positioned between "high-end specialist shops and where Wine Rack was before".. Fifty-eight staff are involved, 34 from the stores and 24 from the vineyard.. Wickham Vineyards was bought back from the administrators in 2013.. Nidd Vale Motors,.. the Harrogate-based Yorkshire car firm selling Vauxhall, Seat and Mazda, went into administration in December.. There are 105 employees over two sites.. The company had existed for 92 years but problems with their bank led to the appointment of administrators.. Manor Furniture,.. near Swindon, went into administration in November as a result of a slowing of trade and problems with their suppliers.. The company had been in existence for  ...   the former directors.. Before 2008 the company had 132 stores.. Lombok,.. the furniture chain, went into administration in August for the second time in two years.. Nine of its stores closed immediately, leaving three remaining outlets and a concession in the HoF.. In a pre-pack deal the existing owner, Angora, has purchased the assets from the administrator.. Ireland: Superquinn,.. the upmarket grocery chain with 500 mn annual sales around Dublin went into receiverships in mid-July, but was bought by Musgrave the next day.. Known as a very innovative retailer in its day, its combination of service, range, prepared food and prices was hard to maintain in the current Irish trading climate.. The deal makes Musgrave the largest supermarket group in Ireland.. TJ Hughes,.. the off-price general-store retailer, appointed an administrator on the last business day of June.. There are 57 stores and 4,000 employees.. Jane Norman,.. the fashion chain with 90 outlets, went into administration at the end of June.. 1,600 jobs are at risk.. It had £140 mn of debts and was badly affected by the economic slowdown, a rotten Christmas, and the fact that clothing sales were sharply down in the first two quarters of 2011.. Habitat,.. the symbol of the swinging 60s (the chicken brick and cous-cous equipment being particular favourites [No, I never bought them: think I'm made of money?]) is to be sold by Hilco as a UK brand to Homebase, most of the stores being closed.. Of the 33 remaining stores, it is expected that three will remain.. There are 900 staff.. However Habitat will continue as a store-within-a-store in Homebase.. The international arm, which has a good reputation abroad (think France) is to be sold to another company.. Homeform,.. the kitchens and bathrooms business with 2010 sales of £152 mn, has filed notice to appoint administrators.. The bathroom retailers, Moben and Dolphin, are to be sold as free-standing concerns.. The future of Sharps and Kitchens Direct expect to be saved as part of a deal to continue the business.. McCormick's Music Shop.. in Glasgow, iconic record shop - appearances from Rolling Stones and The Eagles - has been trading poorly for 3 years and gone into administration.. It is thought it can be saved as a going concern.. Life Style,.. the 91-store fashion lifestyle chain formed from the ruins of Ethel Austin, went into administration in June 2011.. It had gone bust in 2010 and had been bought from the administrator by Elaine MacPherson (former CEO of Ethel Austin).. Haldanes,.. the grocery retailer with 26 stores, went into administration in June.. It trades as UGO and Haldanes Express.. There are 600 staff.. It bought several ex-Somerfield stores from the Co-op and has been complaining bitterly about their trading performance.. One of the last acts of the Board was to issue a Notice of Claim against the Co-operative Group.. Canada:.. Blockbuster has been put into receivership by a court to sort out whether there are sufficient funds to repay money owed to film studios and other suppliers.. Bruce Millars,.. independent music shop in Aberdeen, is up for sale to avoid admin.. It is the biggest supplier of musical instruments and has a wide range of TV and audio.. In the 60s and 70s it was probably the biggest such store in the North East (of Scotland),.. Shopping Centre problems.. The British Council of Shopping Centres estimates that one-fifth of UK shopping malls is in financial difficulties.. Companies with combined assets of £10 bn are in breach of their covenants and may default.. Around 20 secondary shopping centres are already on the market.. Many assets were purchased at the top of the market.. Selling them now will further depress prices.. But banks like Lloyds and keen to get the no-hopers off their balance sheets.. Focus DIY chain.. , with 3,919 employees and 170 stores, applied for administration in May 2011.. It is a large-ish operation but lacked authority in a weak DIY market that has been hammered by low property sales since 2007/8.. It was merged with the Do-It-All chain in the 1980s (trading as Focus Do-It-All) and was owned by Boots in the days when every self-respecting retailer had a DIY chain, including W H Smith, Sainsbury s and Boots.. ETS.. , a chain of 6 electrical household appliances stores, based in Bodmin has gone into administration (poor trading for several years).. It has 57 employees.. HiHo Jewellers.. , the handmade jewellery company in the SW with 14 stores and an online business, went into administration in April.. There were 55 employees and sales of £3.. It is believed that the stores have closed and the management has bought the online business from the administrator.. BeCheeky.. , the UK online lingerie etailer, ceased trading in March and is likely to go into liquidation quite soon.. It was set up in 2005.. Turnover was £1 mn pa, but it never made a profit.. Its name and site has been purchased by LoveHoney.. U.. S.. A.. American Apparel.. , the American youthful street fashion retailer aimed at young people aged 8 to 80 (and run by charmers), has declared it is destined for Chapter 13, which under the US Bankruptcy codes provides protection from creditors whilst it reorganises in an attempt to pay off its creditors or at least make them an offer.. Oddbins.. , see below, has now gone into administration with all 400 jobs at risk.. The HMRC refused to accept its proposals so there was no legal alternative except administration.. Some stores may survive either as stand-alone outlets or elements in other chains.. Alworths.. , the successor to Woolworths, went into administration at the end of March.. Its 17 stores with 235 staff are still trading.. It was hoping to restructure but obviously either its trading was very dire or the poor outlook frightened (or both) so it has taken the administration route.. Easy Living Furniture.. , Sofas UK retail trading name, went into administration at the end of March.. It has 20 outlets in the South of England employing 150 people and an online site.. The Officers Club.. , discount fashion chain, has gone into administration again, but half its stores have already been sold to young fashion retailer, Blue Inc.. Officers Club employs 900 people in 102 stores, 46 of which (400 staff) have now gone to Blue Inc.. Henleys.. , a young fashion brand, put its retail arm into administration in March, closing 18 stores and dismissing 200 employees.. Reasons: poor trading, lease problems.. Dekko,.. a NI-based furniture retailer (2 stores), has announced it will wind down its business over the next few months and close.. Reason: poor trading conditions.. Autoquake,.. one of the largest online retailers of used cars, went into administration in March.. It was founded in 2005 and bought used cars at auction and resold them online.. The website was successful, but it is hard market (you don't sell your car unless there is something wrong with it).. Shakeaway Milk Bars,.. the Bournemouth-based retailer with 55 owned and franchised milk bars in the UK, Cyprus, Australia and Abu Dhabi has gone into administration.. One half the stores have been bought by a new company, running 15 owned bars and 25 franchised.. Arrogant Cat,.. the celebrity fashion chain with three stores, went into administration in March.. Customers included Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan, Amy Winehouse, Peaches Geldof and Katie Price.. No redundancies are planned and Arrogant Cat is expected to find a buyer.. Its wholesale operations, the HK flagship store, and franchises in Denmark, Dubai and Kuwait are not included in the administration.. Triumph Furniture Company,.. Merthyr Tydfil, with a London showroom and facilities in Solihull and The Netherlands (sales £23 million) has been put up for sale by the administrators.. Oddbins,.. the major wine and beer chain, is to close one-third of its stores, dismiss 15 out of 60 HQ staff, and require landlords of the remaining 89 stores to accept lower rents as part of a CVA in March.. Ireland: Birthdays,.. the Clinton-Card owned Irish operation with 14 stores has been put into administration by its owner.. This does not affect the UK Birthdays chain.. Bennets,.. the Norwich-based electricals retailer with 14 branches and 300 employees, went into administration in March.. It operated from some impressive stores, but difficult market conditions since the recession and competition from eRetailers had made a harsh trading environment for at least 3 years.. The immediate causes were: the withdrawal of credit insurance in November had meant that suppliers would not deliver and the snowy Christmas created further damage.. Fenchurch,.. the fashion chain with four stores and department store concessions, went into administration in March.. Its assets were purchased by JD Sports Fashion, but all its staff have been sacked and the Covent Garden Store has already closed.. The staff first learnt of their employer's failure when they read an advert selling the company in the Financial Times.. Ollie and Nic,.. the vintage-inspired handbag and accessories chain with 11 stores, went into administration in February.. It has been bought out of administration by the original founders and a group of other investors previously associated with Principles, Rubicon and Monsoon.. Auto Windscreens,.. the UK's second-largest windscreen replacement company, ran out of cash in Feb 2011 and ceased trading.. The Chesterfield-based (Derbys) business has 1,200 employees, 68 fitting centres, 550 mobile units, a call centre and distribution depot in Witton.. The administrators have failed to sell it.. Cattles,.. the private company lending mainly to the poor at high interest rates, avoided administration in Feb 2011 after reaching agreement with its creditors.. It will continue to run down its loan book to repay the banks much to the chagrin of its other creditors and bondholders who will receive little.. A long-running accounting error led to the downfall of this firm.. the Sportswear/fashion retailer with 250 stores and 6,300 employees, is attempting a second CVA (company voluntary arrangement), involving: renegotiating leases with landlords; the closure of 45 problem stores to be followed by closing a second tranche of 50 stores (depending on the willingness of landlords to reduce rents and how these stores trade); and raising £31.. 5 mn from shareholders.. JJB Sports have raised the money from shareholders, but now need some more.. Less than one-half of landlords have agreed the CVA and there is some dispute about whether JJB's approach is valid.. USA.. Borders,.. the US bookstore chain (whose UK subsidiary closed down in 2009), has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.. It has 674 retail stores, employing 19,500 people, and will close 200 outlets in the next few weeks.. Borders has been unable to agree refinancing terms with its banks for debts of $1.. 29 bn (£627 mn) and assets of $1.. 28 bn assets.. Ireland.. Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) reported that 400 stores closed in Ireland during Jan 2011, following a terrible Christmas, poor Jan, upward-only rent reviews and the most savage budget in the history of the state.. Greece.. Poor Trading has meant that Aldi Sued is closing its 38 Aldi Hellas hard-discount stores by the end of February, losing 500 jobs.. Netherlands.. Impact Retail,.. the consumer electrical/IT specialist operator with 118 stores, has filed for bankruptcy under Dutch law, closing both its stores temporarily and its ecommerce site.. US.. A P.. (once.. 'Atlantic and Pacific'.. ) has requested Chapter 11 protection from its creditors.. The group, owned by Tengelmann, has 395 outlets suffering from lower-priced competitors and heavy debts.. Normally Chapter 11 allows a company to reorganise so it continues to survive.. HPJ Jewellers.. , a discount jewellery firm with 70 (or perhaps 40) stores, has filed notice to appoint administrators.. Originally established in 1980 as Half Price Jewellers with limited service, it has been hit by poor Christmas sales, careful consumer spending and online sellers.. Bought by restructuring specialists Gordon Bros in Dec 2010, it expects to reduce its rents and close one-half of stores via administration.. It also had a period in administration in 2006.. British Bookshops and Stationers.. , a 51-store 'discount' stationery/books chain with 300 employees in the South was the first major retail casualty of the 2011, going into receivership in Jan 2011.. Immediate causes were poor Christmas trading, but the longer-term impact of the recession and effect of internet sales on books and office supplies will be the key issues they faced.. W H Smith bought 22 BBS stores for £1 mn in February.. Failures in 2010.. Cruise.. , the Edinburgh-based fashion chain with 300 employees, went into administration at the very end of December, but was bought along with 10 stores by Tom Hunter (to be run in conjunction with Van Mildert, a NE England fashion retailer with five shops that is run from a converted jail.. Tom Hunter sold his Office chain a month earlier so had a bit of spare cash.. Two stores were closed by Deloittes, the administrator.. And Van Mildert looks pretty good.. Balls Brothers.. , the upmarket watering hole chain in the City, went into Administration in November.. Problems with a Barclays loan to buy a competitor was the key issue, with the recession and changes in drinking and eating patterns amongst City drinkers changing patterns of demand.. There are 19 restaurants and bars.. Suits You.. , the 66-store formal menswear company (Speciality Retail Group), was put into administration by new owners G A Europe in late October.. SRG had gone through a company voluntary arrangement earlier in 2010 but with the sales outlook remaining bleak it was sold to G A Europe.. Stokes.. , the UK's largest greengrocery trader (37 stores), entered voluntary administration in October.. 10 stores were immediately closed.. There are 277 employees.. The rationale for VA was poor sales.. Confetti.. , the weddings businesses, went into administration in 2010 a few days after being sold.. Its 5 stores were closed and one-half of its 94 staff dismissed.. A separate company (with no link to the previous business) bought the website and the name 'Confetti' and has traded successfully online since then.. Mad O'Rouke's Pie Factory.. , a black-country themed restaurant chain once named 'Restaurant of the Year' in Tipton, West Midlands, went into administration in July, having handed over its Lower Gornall and Wordsley operations to M B.. Thoughts.. , a greetings card retailer with nine stores in high-profile locations (eg Bull Ring, Westfield and St David's) got in difficulties when its banking facilities were withdrawn and was bought out of administration by the previous owners as Thought Card Retail.. Vergo Retailing.. , a 20-store department and jewellery store chain with 940 employees, closed many of its operations in 2010.. The chain was originally set up in 2007 to run the Lewis's, Robbs and Joplings department stores (sold by Owen Owen).. In 2009 it bought Coop department stores in Devon and Cornwall (eg Derry's in Plymouth), East of England Coop Homemaker stores in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex (350 staff) and a jewellery store.. Most of these have been closed or are apparently closing, although it is possible that some will survive.. Administrators were appointed in May.. Fashionair.. , the up-market fashion website established as 'an entertainment and shopping platform' was forced to cease trading in May and the staff have been made redundant.. Fashionair was founded on the initiative of Simon Fuller (ex-manager of the Spice Girls) but US-based owners CKx decided to close it down after a review.. The Clothes Whisperer felt that all Fashionair's news about what fashionistas actually do was pretty offputting to young wenches whose nearest.. Jimmy Choos.. is simply miles away.. Laser Electrical.. , a 10-store chain of hi-fi/audio retailers in Northern Ireland, went into administration and the stores were closed when no buyer was forthcoming.. This cost 140 jobs.. Labsport.. , the branded sportswear chain, fell into admin in April and closed its 8 stores.. 80 staff have gone.. One innovative feature of LabSport was co-development of brands; every supplier was allocated a section of the store and could merchandise it as they wished.. Faith Shoes.. , 1800 jobs, 78 stores and 120 concessions, went into administrations in April after desperately seeking a buyout.. Hilco has taken control of the company's £14M debts.. Envy!.. , This fashionwear chain with 23 stores and 20 department store concessions went into administration in April three weeks after being sold.. It is likely to continue in a reduced format.. Not Only Shops!.. , In February and March 2010 we have seen the administration of Jarvis Engineering, Highlands Airways, Crystal Palace Football Club, Premier League Portsmouth Football Club, exclusive London restaurant Cipriani, Readers Digest (UK), Snowsport GB (UK governing body) and Landsdowne, the UK's largest driving school (trading as RED).. Speciality Retail Group.. , owner of.. Racing Green.. , made a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) with creditors (including landlords) that will initially save 300 jobs but result in closing 42 out of the current 73 stores over the next 18 months.. The stores to close will mainly be High Street.. A CVA arrows a struggling retailer to get out of rental agreements they can no longer afford - as an alternative to closure.. SRG's landlords have agreed a 40% rent reduction in the marginal sites.. Ethel Austin.. , value clothing retailer with 300 stores, and Au Naturelle have appointed administrators.. Both companies have found it hard to pay suppliers since before Christmas.. It went bust previously in 2008.. It is expected that the administrators will close one-half the group's 270 stores affecting around 40% of the 3,100 retail staff; by Feb, there had been 470 redundancies at the now-closed warehouse and headquarters, and 1000 retail staff have lost their jobs as 114 stores have closed.. The Austin family sold it in 2002.. The company was originally founded in Liverpool by Mrs Austin in her living room.. Adili.. , the ethical fashion e-tailer (slogan, 'we're committed to ethical, we're committed to cool') trading as Ascension Online, suspended its shares in early February because it had failed to secure future financing.. Adili ran into cash problems at the end of 2009; it had revenues of £299,000 with costs of £886,000 at about this time.. The business has now been bought by Luke Heron for £1 has been renamed ASCENSION and will stress higher price point items.. Heron also owns Green Baby, the ethical e-nursery provider.. Diamonds and Pearls.. , the jewellery company, went into pre-pack administration in February for the second time in 12 months.. A consortium of suppliers, Renaissance Jewellery, bought it out of admin after a few hours, but 100 people have been made redundant.. There are now 50 stores and 200 jobs; 30 stores of the predecessor company were closed.. Adams.. , the children's clothing store, has fallen into administration for the third time in two years.. John Shannon first bought it from the administrators in 2007, rescued it from a second failure in Feb 2009, sold it to Habib Alvi in September 2009, then appointed administrators again in January 2010.. There are 125 store and more than 2000 staff.. D2.. , the 79-store fashion chain once owned by Tom Hunter, went into administration at the end of December.. It has closed 2 of its 3 Irish stores, but the 77 remaining UK stores continue to trade.. 22 staff at the HQ in Scotland have been made redundant.. Head.. , the entertainment chain set up by Simon Douglas after the collapse of Zavvi, closed down in December 2009.. Several ex-Virgin/Zavvi stores were bought from the administrator, but Liverpool and Sheffield have closed, Leeds and Dundee are closing, and Bristol and Brum are about to.. Virgin Cosmetics [renamed Effective Costmetics].. , closed in Jan 2010.. Originally launched in 1997 with a characteristic blaze of publicity from Britain's favourite entrepreneur it expected to open 2 stores a month and to have 100 in 5 years.. Virgin Cosmetics created losses and half its shops were closed when Branson sold the business and it became Effective Cosmetics a couple of years ago.. Under the terms of the announcement, 80 staff will lose their jobs.. The business lost £1 M on sales of £1.. 7 M in the five months to end August..

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  • Title: Online Retailing Research - Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: Online Retailing: Britain and Europe 2012.. E-commerce is one of the fastest growing markets in Europe.. The statistics are problematic as state statistical research organisations tend to underestimate the size of the sector.. There are problems in determining online sales from abroad, because foreign firms may not wish to comply with the UK statistical authorities, and in accurate sampling given that the sector is changing rapidly.. There are also issues about whether to include mail order when it is mainly online and how to account for partial online ordering such as click and collect.. Online retailers in only three countries, UK, Germany and France accounted for 71% of total European online sales.. What's Happening  ...   mainly western European countries itemised on the chart.. We expect the rate of growth of online retailing in the UK to slow down to somewhere around 10% although elsewhere in Europe it should grow by an average of 14% to 16%.. US Online Sales.. As the country that taught us all how to do online sales and once had annual sales growth of more than 25%, growth online in the US has diminished (see Figure below).. Online retail sales in the US have a market share somewhere around 9%.. Taking into account the different sizes of Europe and the U.. online trade shares are about the same in both regions.. (Source: adjusted Forrester estimates)..

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    Descriptive info: The Centre For Retail Research now has a new website.. Please click here to visit the new site..

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  • Title: The Royal Baby - Retail Estimates - Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: The Royal Baby - Retail Estimates.. These estimates have received widespread coverage all over the world, including CNN, the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Canadian National Broadcasting Corporation, Austrian TV, Izvestia, Hello! Magazine, Evening Standard, Vogue, the Times, the Telegraph, Guardian, Bloomberg, Euronews, Hollywood Reporter, IBTimes, 20 Minuten Online, Wirtualna Polska and (a first for us) La Gazetta della Sport.. The growing interest throughout the world in the first child of William and Katherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, has significant implications for retail sales and suppliers.. The date of the royal birth has been announced as 13 July 2013.. The new baby, male or female, will immediately become third in line to the throne.. The Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham, estimates that the birth will boost linked-in retail sales by around £243 million.. This figure covers the nine weeks between 1 July 2013 and 31 August.. Festivities.. £87 million.. Souvenirs and toys.. £80 million.. Books, DVDs and Media.. £76 million.. Total.. £243 million.. Supporters and well-wishers may celebrate the royal birth itself and there will also be some form of celebration for the christening.. We expect £25 million to be spent on food for 4.. 8 million people, who will join in the mostly local and informal festivities and parties, including those in back gardens.. Increased spending on alcohol is expected to amount to £62 million.. Three million bottles of champagne and sparkling wine will be opened to celebrate the new baby.. Few organised local events will be held, but there can be plenty of informal celebrations, both barbeques and in public houses.. We expect plenty of people, not necessarily fervent royalists, to welcome  ...   the Duchess was pregnant, there has been considerable interest in her changing shape, the sex of the baby, what new things she is wearing, as well as the baby products that are being acquired.. The parents are making great efforts to prevent knowledge of the sex of the baby leaking out, so little if any information is currently available about what will be in the nursery including whether the prevailing colour will be blue or pink.. News that a particular product has been bought by the Cambridges will be very helpful to its manufacturers.. We expect sales of prams and pushchairs to rise by 13% (an increase of £33 million to a new total of £288 million) as new parents 'trade up' to more exclusive baby carriages, following a trend that is expected to be set by the royals.. The baby carriage will become a must-have status symbol and the lucky manufacturer can expect a similar boost in sales to that achieved by iCandy peach when Victoria Beckham adopted one for her daughter Harper.. iCandy's most recent figures are unavailable, but the company has grown from £3.. 6 million sales in 2009 to £9.. 6 million in 2011.. Similar gains are expected to be made by the manufacturers of the baby's clothes, its crib, its toys and any product associated with the baby or its parents.. Suppliers are expected, also, to exploit any such link in sales to export markets including those such as North America where interest in the new baby is strong.. For journalists.. A copy of the press release issued on 17 June 2013 can be downloaded from the cloud here:.. https://www.. yousendit.. com/download/WFJYQ1ZzQ1BGOFQ0WjhUQw..

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  • Title: Retail Forecast for 2018 - Centre for Retail Research, Nottingham UK
    Descriptive info: Retail in 2018 - Shop numbers, Online and the High Street.. A GUIDE TO RETAILING IN 2018 BY THE CENTRE FOR RETAIL RESEARCH.. The Government has accepted the Centre for Retail Research proposal to turn many redundant shops into houses.. The Centre for Retail Research published its analysis of how UK retailing will have changed by 2018 on 28 May 2013, entitled.. Retail Futures 2018.. forecasts that by 2018:.. Total store numbers will fall by 22%, from 281,930 today to 220,000 in 2018.. Job losses could be around 316,000 compared to today.. The share of online retail sales will rise from 12.. 7% (2012) to 21.. 5% by 2018 or the end of the decade.. There will be a further 164 major or medium-sized companies going into administration, involving the loss of 22,600 stores and 140,000 employees.. Many of these companies will survive but at the cost of closing more than half their stores.. In spite of the Portas Pilots, the High Street will continue to suffer: around 41% of town centres will lose 27,638 stores in the next five years.. UK retailing has the highest proportion of online retail sales, so what happens here is being closed watched by foreign observers as Britain becomes a test bed for retail innovation.. Key catalysts for the looming retail crisis:.. Consumer spending has increase by 12% since 2006 outstripped by retail operating costs (including rates) which have risen by 20%.. It will be several more years until the UK returns to previous levels of growth: in fact GDP/head has not yet returned to the level it was in 2008/.. Customers are shunning the high street: their share of consumer spending has declined from 50% in 2000 to a predicted 40.. 2% next year.. As fewer shop in stores, online retail is set to account for 21.. 5% of total retail sales by 2018 from 12.. 7% today, the highest online retail share in the world.. With such a high number of transactions carried out online, retailers with a strong web offering now need just 70 high street stores to create a national presence compared to 250 in the mid 2000's.. UK is facing a crisis.. Retailing and retailers will either make clear strategic decisions that permit online retail to coexist with other retail channels in a multichannel world allowing bricks and mortar retailers to transform themselves, or, by avoiding making these decisions, multiple retailers will disappear or be so mortally wounded that a large minority of business categories become dominated purely online retailers.. Much comment about retailing.. either.. sees shops as.. doomed.. (most shops will close as online takes over the majority of retail sales) or believes that online will peak, making the crisis shakeout in the industry (.. business as usual.. In fact neither view is accurate, radical changes need to be made by retailers, town centres and the government to preserve what is best in retailing.. About the Report.. is a long report and is not available to download from this site.. Please enquire to.. if you need a copy.. Store Vacancies.. Store vacancy rates across the country have increased from 5.. 4% in December 2008 to 14.. 1% in March 2013 (according to the Local Data Company), a rise of 161%.. Without intervention, the vacancy rate can rise yet further, perhaps above 20%.. Store Closures.. Stores are always closing - and reopening - but this time the pace of change is considerable and the total number of shops by 2018 is expected to fall by 22% over the next five years to 222,000.. 'Thriving' and 'decaying' retail towns and cities.. Across the country the situation varies drastically as disadvantaged retail pockets become more prominent.. More towns will need some reduction of  ...   (eg Oxford) and successes in areas where we expect large percentage falls in shop numbers.. But in very general terms the changes in store numbers reflect the North-south divide.. Regional store closures and vacancy rates.. Online Retail.. Online retailing as a percentage of all retail sales is now 12.. 7%.. Food online sales are very low (3.. 7% of all food sales) so that the share of non-food is now up to 19%.. This will change quickly over the next five years, although we expect all four main grocers to develop massively their food online offers so that with Waitrose and Ocado the food online share should be up to 9.. 5% by 2018.. Growth of online retail.. These figures are estimates.. It may take a year or two longer before online retail gains 21.. 5% of the retail market but many commentators feel that the online share will get to 25% by somewhere around 2020-2023.. The Role of Shops.. Retail stores will remain an important, although smaller, part of retailing in high streets, malls and retail parks as online continues to grow.. The 'normal' retail model needs revisiting, under the combined pressures of high costs, consumer reluctance to spend, and rapid growth of online retailing.. The Shoppers of the Future.. Customers now 'shop' in multiple ways, checking a store's website, visiting one or more stores, looking at product reviews, viewing the prices of competitors on a smartphone whilst standing outside a store, and choosing finally whether to buy the goods in-store or online and collect it in-store or have it delivered to a nominated address.. Retailers have to make clear strategic responses to the changing patterns of how consumers shop, including: deciding the proper number, type and location of stores (and the speed of any necessary disinvestment from stores); and how to integrate fully their physical stores, the online sites and other channels such as social media coherently.. The High Street of the Future.. High streets are an essential part of town centres, creating employment and vitality; the best of them bring tourists and shoppers in - developing services, leisure and entertainment markets as well as retailing.. argues that high streets are threatened by the current changes in retail structures and shows that the town centres of 153 UK towns (41% of the total) will experience a rapid decline as a result of changing retail patterns and need to shrink to survive.. Some smaller and less successful secondary and tertiary sites may disappear almost completely.. recommends that a pump-priming fund of £320 million is required to start redeveloping these problem town centres to turn failing and empty shops into good residential accommodation, create more service/entertainment/leisure outlets, and/or provide offices, doctor's surgeries, classrooms/meeting rooms or other facilities for which there may be a local demand.. As a result of this policy perhaps 15,000 - 20,000 new homes could be created over four years.. Don't make a transformation into a crisis.. Although retail change might seem to concern only retail employees and change-averse retail businesses, the transformation will have unintended consequences for the many hundreds of £billions tied up in retail property by pension funds, investment companies, shopping centre owners and retailers themselves.. The current business model is intimately involved with real estate: a significant fall in property prices caused by major falls in the demand for stores (and store profitability) will affect all property assets for many years to come.. One response will be to reduce rents (and therefore the profitability of developments).. It is already having a significant negative effect on many UK high streets and a detrimental impact on town centres.. Action now will prevent the transformation of retailing from becoming a long-term crisis for property markets and town centres..

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    Descriptive info: RETAIL FUTURES 2018 - the High Street, Online and Shop Numbers.. The report is now out.. It has been a lot more popular that we expected, but we have now caught up with demand and everyone should have the copy that they requested.. We send out a web address to download it from the Cloud.. In three cases, people have not been able to download it but this seems to result from a protective attack of anti-malware anti-virus systems amongst three companies well known for the intensity of their IT systems.. It has been interesting to see the comments people have made about the way that a large minority of high streets have become encumbered by charity shops, money shops, lottery prize outlets, and pound shops.. We are not against such traders as long as they do not dominate high streets.. We simply argue that if these vacant outlets are not going to be let, it is best to turn them into homes - or offices or doctors surgeries - rather than pretend that everything is going to come right at some future time.. Joshua Bamfield.. GREEK GOVERNMENT TO PROSECUTE HEAD OF GOVERNMENT STATISTICS FOR BIAS.. The Chief Greek National Statistician, Andreas Georgiou, is to be prosecuted for falsifying results (broadly speaking, applying the Eurostat rules when calculating national economic results to Greek economic performance).. For years Eurostat has been reporting Greek data along with other EU countries, aware that the Greek data probably contained some element of fantasy whilst unattractive data might not be included at all.. Georgiou was asked to sort this out.. A similar problem has happened in Argentina where the Government statistian has been sacked for doing her job properly.. There is an article in Significance on this topic.. Greek economic stats have been regarded as an art form for many years rather than an accurate record of what is happening in the economy.. Georgiou has been criticised as unpatriotic for bringing in all the missing bits of data and including the results of state-owned and public bodies when calculating Greek national liabilities (which the rules require you to do).. A fairly commonplace statement from the Royal Statistical Society can be found here - the best you can say is that this may be is just the public face of the behind-doors protests:.. rssenews.. uk/2013/02/rss-president-urges-scrupulously-fair-hearing-for-greeces-chief-statistician-facing-felony-charges/.. A more robust discussion in Der Spiegel about this topic can be found here:.. spiegel.. de/international/europe/chief-greek-statistician-charged-for-revealing-true-size-of-debt-a-882942.. html.. Since the end of the Soviet Union you would not think that being a government statistician would normally carry a prison sentence.. Horse Burgers and Horse Meat.. It is late I know to be commenting upon this issue but it is a strange episode.. Some people don t see what the problem is; some object to eating man s best friend, the horse; and others would never think of buying frozen beef burgers, value or otherwise.. However, it is just not true that we do not eat horse meat in the UK.. Here is a picture of people queing up about 70 years ago in Winson Green Rd, Birmingham, and pretty delicious it would have been too.. CHRISTMAS IS UPON US.. A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE.. INFORMATION ABOUT CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IS HERE.. retailresearch.. org/shoppingforxmas.. php.. INFORMATION ABOUT CHRISTMAS SHOPLIFTING IS HERE.. org/shopliftingforxmas.. INFORMATION (RETAIL) ABOUT KATE AND WILLIAM S ROYAL BABY IS HERE.. shopperdoodledoo.. uk/recent-reports/a-royal-baby.. Information about CHORD.. CHORD.. is the Wolverhampton Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution, based at the University.. Read their new blog here http://retailhistory.. wordpress.. com/.. A CHORD Retail History Workshop is forthcoming on.. 15 May 2013, entitled.. RETAILING, SHOPPING AND GENDER: HISTORICAL APPROACHES.. Charity Shops 2012-style.. You might think that charity shops would be immune to crime, functioning as they do to support the poor and underprivileged.. If so, you would of course be wrong.. Centre for Retail Research figures show that theft from charity shops rose in the last 2 years by 20% to 5.. 1 million, which is a big chunk of their profits.. Naturally the designerwear, expensive gifts, watches, and ceramics are the most likely to go because they are worth the most.. There is an article in the Sunday Independent here.. independent.. uk/news/uk/crime/shoplifters-target-designer-clothes-from-charity-shops-7606228.. html?origin=internalSearch.. and I did a short piece on BBC Breakfast on Mon April 2 at 7.. 20-ish.. Doleful Waymark II.. Fast on the heels of doleful waymark I (the 1,000 store barrier) comes Doleful Waymark II, more than 25,000 staff affected by company failures.. The administration of GAME means that between 1 January 2012 and 22 March 2012 - ie 12 weeks - 15 major retailers had collapsed, 25,536 UK employees worked for these firms and the number of stores affected was 1,869.. So far this is worse than any year since 2008.. The next Doleful Waymark is 25 retailers and 2,500 stores.. Doleful Waymark for 2012: Retailers in Administration passes the 1,000 store barrier.. Who s Gone Bust is our page in retailers who go into administration.. By 6 March 20012:.. - 1,246 stores had been affected by retailers going into administration so far this year.. - 12 large retailers had gone bust affecting the jobs of 19,235 retail employees.. This rate of attrition was last seen in 2008, although the failure of Peacocks has distorted the picture in the first quarter.. However there is at least one very large retailer poised, which could mean that 2012 (otherwise a year of some progress) could be dire for many businesses.. Middle-class Shoplifting.. The BBC has produced a webpage on middle-class shoplifting entitled.. Why Do Well-off People Shoplift?.. (Kathryn Westcott).. with comments from the usual people such as Cupchick in the US.. The BBC claims that the Global Retail Theft Barometer (GRTB), which we write every year,.. has suggested a new wave of middle-class shoplifter is targeting high-end delicacies from supermarkets in order to maintain a lifestyle they could no longer afford.. The GRTB has never made any such claim and neither has the Centre.. No doubt middle-class shoplifting is on the rise along with theft by other social classes.. But it is not a big deal and it is wrong for the BBC to repeat an error and what they know to be an error.. Luckily they described the GRTB as a consultancy - so they cannot have had a look at the report - (surely not) and did not think to contact us before making this statement.. Just to rectify matters, The Centre carries out research and one of the publications is the GRTB.. The offending BBC webpage is.. bbc.. uk/news/magazine-16469928.. RIOTOUS ASSEMBLY Rioters Loot English Shops.. The Centre for Retail Research has been commissioned by Kelkoo, the shopping comparison website, to estimate the costs of the riots to British retailers.. This was published on Wed 10 August.. The riots have cost retailers 80 million so far (Wednesday 10th Aug) in early store closures and customers avoiding certain areas or staying at home.. The repair bill comes to 43.. 5 million (so far) and stores that have been trashed or badly damaged will need 66.. 9 million spending on them before they can open again.. Losses caused by stores that simply will not be able to trade again we estimate to be at least 13 million.. Losses from tourism: we expect that 330,000 tourists will go elsewhere and this will cut tourism spending by 520 million in a year.. If the riots continue till Friday the retail bill will hit almost 391 million.. Kelkoo s full press release is here:.. http://press.. kelkoo.. uk/riots-cost-uk-retailers-80-million-in-lost-sales-2-5-million-per-working-hour.. THE RIOT ACT.. This Act of Parliament, first passed in 1714 against Jacobites, enables a magistrate s proclamation read to an tumultuous or riotous asembly of 12 or more to convert that group into an illegal assembly.. If they do not disperse within an hour then they can be violently dispersed (usual method: cavalry).. Any attack during a riot on significant property including churches, barns, and houses was a felony punishable by death.. The proclamation had to include these exact words:.. Our Sovereign Lord the King chargeth and commandeth all persons, being assembled, immediately to disperse themselves, and peaceably to depart to their habitations, or to their lawful business, upon the pains contained in the act made in the first year of King George, for preventing tumults and riotous assemblies.. God Save the King!.. The Riot Act was abolished in 1973.. See, Mr Tyson, I was paying attention in A-level History!.. EVENIN ALL!.. Ever wondered why all the police chiefs that resign look so young these days?.. Whilst the problems of newspapers, politics and police issues and the deeds of News International seem dominant in Britain today, here are some issues (below) that seem to take a back seat, They really worry the Centre for RR, but we must simply be silly.. They cannot be important because they are not in the newspapers very much.. Sharp fall in the money supply in Italy.. Problems loom for 2012.. Flat consumer spending in the UK.. 2012 is looking weaker and weaker.. Euro problems: what to do with the euro being overvalued for Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain but undervalued for Germany.. Sovereign debt problems in three countries.. The U.. budget, or lack of it.. Living from hand to mouth may make great politics but rubbish economics.. Interest rates: UK rates need to rise, but the political will and courage is completely absent.. Pensions and provision for the aged: looking pretty bad from now on.. I bought 2 of these mats from JLP (see below) incredibly cheaply, but I am not sure where to put them.. RETAIL HIGH STREET REPORT - FIRST 6 MONTHS -- JAN TO JUNE 2011.. The closure of Habitat (now confirmed), and Jane Norman (imminent) emphasises that the last 6 months have been the worst since 2009 for retailers.. Each month the Centre collects data on major and medium-sized retail failures.. Although it is not quite the end of June, here are the figures for the first six months of 2011.. Jan - June 2011: 20 failures, 820 stores affected and 10,525 employees.. Jan-December 2010: 26 failures, 944 stores, and 10,930 employees.. Therefore the number of companies, stores and employees affected by administration in the FIRST SIX MONTHS of 2011 is around 85% of the whole of last year, with only slighlty fewer staff being affected than in the whole of last year.. What is our prediction for the whole of 2011? It depends.. If things carry on as they are, we would expect 35-40 retailers to go on the block, 2000 stores and 20 to 25,000 employees to be affected by the end of December 2011.. That includes the retailers that have already gone into administration this year.. Full detail to end June is here:.. http://retailresearch.. org/whosegonebust.. The major retailers to go have been Focus DIY, Habitat, Oddbins, Life Style, Haldanes, Alworths, The Officers Club and British Bookshops.. There are rumours of a further major retailer with some important news in the next few days.. The great majority of these stores have had several owners in the last 10 years and a number are rescues from previous failures.. EUROPEAN CONSUMER RIGHTS DIRECTIVE - DITCH THE.. DIRECTIVE.. Internet retailing has grown rapidly as a result of the innovation of businesses and the enthusiasm of the shopping public.. It has not required governments or the EU to show it what to do or to guide commerce in the appropriate directions.. In fact all this has happened without governments or the European Community.. Is a European directive required? Yes.. Is this one required? No.. It is an abominable, hopeless, reckless, useless, fatuous Directive that will cause immense harm to internet retailers and promote fraud.. Economists love parodoxes: government policy that produces the opposite effect from that intended.. The new Directive will put up prices for consumers, reduce consumer welfare as SME online stores take care to deal with no one outside their own country, finance fraud and crime, and impose extra costs on online retailers.. The new Directive will:.. force retailers to trade with consumers in every EU state, irrespective of whether this is economic (eg an SME may not wish to trade with customers in Roumania or Lithuania, particularly with enforced free returns).. force retailers to pay for all returns for orders of more than 40 if customers change their mind about whether they want it.. customers can change their mind and reject an order up to 14 days after receipt, without charge (unless 40).. retailers have only 14 days to refund customer payments - for goods returned from abroad this means that refunds must be made before the goods have been shipped back to the retailer and checked.. The  ...   2 to send, so we don t want to go wild.. Who s Gone Bust in Retail 2010.. The consolidated figures for 2010 about retail failures have now been put here.. 2010 was better than for many years, 26 companies failed (37 in 2009), 944 stores were closed by VA (6536 in 2009), and 10,930 employees were affected (compared with 26,688 in 2009).. Go to the link for more figures.. The data refer to large and medium retailers, not independents.. SHOPPING AND SNOW.. The Centre for Retail Research, on behalf of Kelkoo the online shopping portal, has got into the retail snowdrift to estimate the gains and losses made by shops and stores and ecommerce as a result of the SNOW and inclement weather.. You can find it here.. uk/recent-reports/shopping-snow.. SHOPLIFTING FOR CHRISTMAS 2010 PRESS RELEASE.. Our report on the costs of Christmastide retail crime covering the UK and 14 European countries will be published on Wednesday 1 December 2010.. For technical reasons it will not be published yet on this site but on our sister site, Shopperdoodledoo (yes, OK, we know).. uk/recent-reports/shoplifting-for-christmas.. STOP PRESS.. ROYAL WEDDING - Retail Gains from Centre Retail Research/Kelkoo Research.. The Centre for Retail Research,.. in a survey carried out for Kelkoo, estimates the retail gain from the royal wedding to be 515.. 5 million.. It recommends a summer marriage as being best for shops, the weather and tourists combined with a public holiday.. Food and drink.. 236.. 5 million on food and drink, 1/2 million bottles of champagne, 6.. 5 million people celebrating, made up of royalists, loyalists and people who just like a party.. 320,000 extra tourists.. Memorabilia.. Souvenirs, memorabilia and wedding-related merchandise will be worth 222 million from flags to mugs.. 3 million mugs and 5 million commemorative coins and tokens will be bought.. A copy of the very full press release can be found on our new development site - it s a bit messy but can be found here:.. DEPARTMENT OF WE SAID IT FIRST !.. Avid readers of this website will have a sense of.. deja vue.. when they heard that the Organisation for Economic Co-operation.. and Development (OECD) announced on 18 Nov 2010 they were downgrading the UK growth rate for 2011 from 2.. 5% to 1.. The government Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) figure for 2011 is still an unrealistic 2.. Avid readers will.. know.. that way back in June 2010 we downgraded our UK forecast from 2.. 2% to 1.. 6% (see.. Retail Forecast 2011-12.. tab on this website).. 6% is not a gloomy forecast, but it is obviously more stringent than what many initially expected.. The centre for Retail Research was convinced by hearing the Chancellor s Budget speech back in June.. Forecasting is about.. Fore Casting.. , rather than responding to immediate events.. However we did not upgrade our 1.. 2% forecast for 2010 in spite of the fact that the rising VAT receipts during the year suggested that things had been going rather better than forecast.. We should have done that.. OECD have upgraded their 1.. 3% forecast for2010 to 1.. 8%, which is probably too high.. We d go for 1.. INTERNET EYES.. Internet Eyes.. is an online CCTV monitoring service that offers retailers the prospect of third-party monitoring of their CCTV system.. A three-month trial has already started.. Civil liberties champions have condemned it for using members of the public to view footage from retail stores in order to spot an offence and alert security.. How will it all turn out? In this case, they are probably right.. Nothing to do with us!.. Although the Centre for Retail Research is cited in sentence 1 on Internet Eyes Home Page, we have no links with it.. They have never been in touch and did not ask our permission.. Morals.. If you have CCTV in your store there can be no moral objection to your viewing footage at home, after all many store owners already have CCTV over IP streamed to where they live.. Similarly a security officer watching CCTV footage at home might be just as good as one at work.. Probably cheaper too!.. Financial model iffy.. I honestly do not see this programme being able to get very far.. The major retailers are highly unlikely to join the scheme.. The heads of Loss Prevention are too wise and sensible.. They have reached their present posts by being able to spot potential trainwrecks.. before.. they happen.. However this means that the main clients for Internet Eyes will be small businesses, a very costly and demanding market to recruit, service and retain customers.. Can home viewers beat professional security?.. Some can, but the incentives to continue after the first few days seem weak.. It can be pretty hard to interpret CCTV images and it is definitely NOT like the tele (unless you liked watching the Test Card when young).. If the job of CCTV operator were that easy, my granny could do it.. This means that there could be a high fall-off rate amongst watchers after initial interest which will place heavy costs upon Internet Eyes in recruiting and filtering new watchers (primarily CRB checks).. The main problems to watch out for are:.. -.. unfair arrests.. (someone misinterpreted the CCTV images) - this is after all normally a professional job.. saucy footage.. uploaded to YouTube - including celebrities , politicians and anything newsworthy (or not).. It may cost you.. The retailer, as owner of the CCTV system, is responsible for the collection, use and storage of data.. If you allow it to be streamed into people s homes you are responsible for any misuse that may affect privacy.. If watchers store clips of the best bits or share them around this will be your fault.. Even if they simply record footage and do nothing with it, this will still be in breach of your obligations under the DPA.. It s quite true that if someone were physically present they could record it directly, but legally and morally the system controller is responsible if you are watching his streamed CCTV.. This project is going to struggle.. A professional ethicist comments here.. idea.. leeds.. ac.. uk/penblog/2010/10/12/privatized-surveillance/.. And Kent Police CCTV Liaison Officer, speaking personally.. professionalsecurity.. uk/newsdetails.. aspx?NewsArticleID=14780 imgID=1.. And just to show that, because of the internet, we are all under surveillance, however innocent we are, The Wall Street Journal comments from North America thus.. http://online.. wsj.. com/article/SB10001424052748703848204575608222815817904.. html#Tabs%3Darticle.. ______________________________________________________________________________________________.. Carbon Reduction Label - research by Centre for Retail Research October 2010.. The use of the Carbon Reduction Label by retailers and manufacturers is intended to show that the Carbon Footprint of the relevant products has been measured and the businesses involved are committed to a phased strategy of carbon footprint reduction.. The scheme has been in existence since 2007 and operates using an assured methodology.. Companies using this programme for all or part of their products are proper businesses like Tesco, British Sugar, Dyson, Tate Lyle, Allied Bakeries and Morphy Richards.. We were asked to audit the claims of the labelling scheme.. We found that retail sales of.. Carbon Reduction Label products were 2 billion in 2010, growing from 40 SKUs in 2007 to around 40,000 by the end of 2010 and making it the second largest eco/standards programme in the UK with 22 companies.. It is expected to grow to 15 billion by 2015 (our estimate).. As well as retail, another 1 billion of sales in 2010 involved B2B products in the Carbon Reduction Label scheme, such as Marshalls.. B2B is also growing at more than 50% pa.. The label is effectively a process for validating the measurement of the existing Carbon Footprint and planning reductions, using Carbon Trust methodology and software that ensures that all claims are verifiable and conform to the carbon footprint standard PAS 2050.. Many companies in the programme do not use the footprint label.. There is no change for the label.. It is a change process.. We (meaning the public, goverment, businesses and the EU) are committed to reducing our Carbon Footprint as a matter of national policy.. The Centre for Retail Research carries out independent verification and audit for several companies.. We do not have an ongoing relationship with any of these businesses which might otherwise affect - or appear to affect - our comments.. _________________________________________________________________________________________________.. News of GRTB 2010 Publication Date Tues 19 October 2010 Global Retail Theft Barometer.. The TENTH edition of the Global Retail Theft Barometer (GRTB 2010) will be published on Tuesday 19 October 2010.. It will cover 42 countries, including the UK.. Russia is included for the first time.. If you are interested in shoplfiting, employee theft, shrinkage, loss prevention expenditure, high-risk products or how retail crime in the U.. compares with Australia, Finland, Netherlands, or China this is a report you cannot be without.. It is the biggest such report in the world.. Journalists - information under embargo has already been sent to your newspaper, journal, station or website.. However, if it has not come your way, get in touch with Checkpoint Systems in your country who will direct you to the right people.. Retailers - if you completed and returned the GRTB questionnaire, a copy of the final report is already on its way to you.. If you did not, or never received one, please get in touch if you would like to complete a copy of GRTB 2011.. All questions can eventually be resolved but w/c 18 Oct 2010 will be very busy.. Please note that the GRTB is a confidential survey.. We never reveal who has replied.. If you need a copy of the European Retail Theft Barometer, this is now the GRTB.. Last published in 2006 the ERTB now forms a part of the GRTB.. I know you can still see it on Google and you would think that it has been discontinued, but the analysis has been continued with the GRTB.. ___________________________________________________________________________________________.. CRR NEWS.. Retail Overcapacity? How Many Shops is Too Many ?.. The news from the Local Data Company (LDC, 2010) that empty stores (voids) in shopping areas had reached an average of 13% (up from 10.. 5% last year) led to an understandable chorus of Oooh, ain t it awful.. Many commented on the high void rates in the North of England, but even in London it does not look very much better with voids of 11% in larger shopping centres.. What we are seeing is not simply the results of economic recession but the emergence of significant overcapacity in the market.. This means that even when trading conditions return to normal , there will still be too many shops.. Some quick points -.. Because of repair, revamps and letting delays there will always be a minimum (frictional) rate of empty shops of around 3% to 5%.. But currently many areas of the UK are three times above that minimum level.. According to our own research, the Internet is now taking 10% of retail spending, which means that fewer physical shops are required to satisfy consumer demand.. There are alternative uses for retail premises, such as banking, betting, travel but these are already being hit by online trading in their own sectors.. Banks will continue to rationalise their outlets creating even more spare capacity.. That leaves coffee shops, cafes, takeaways and restaurants as the only other buoyant sector, but it is difficult to see them making much of a contribution as there are already plenty in most shopping centres.. Many pubs in shopping centres are also likely to close, adding to distress.. Much existing provision in high streets and the older shopping centres is too small or poor quality for many retailers, so there will continue to be a demand for newly-developed stores and shopping centres.. Conclusion.. By about 2013 (when the economy is buzzing again), it will be clear that there are about 5% to 10% too many retail stores.. These are likely to close and switch to other uses.. This will be a particular problem for many third-level shopping centres, retail parks and older/lower-quality or poorly-located town centre stores, which may close completely rather than partially.. We have been here before.. Let s not forget that in 1910 there were 1.. 3 million retail outlets and now there are around 300,000.. The 2008/9 recession and its aftermath have shown us most cruelly that there are too many stores.. What will become of them? It is probably best to think of them as houses, hotels, or offices, to plan in terms of smaller central shopping areas, and accept that many third-level retail centres will slip further down the hierarchy.. LDC (2010) Mid Year Report 2010: A Gathering Storm? London: Local Data Company..

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