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FOCUS on Consumer Markets

Read views and opinions from KPMG industry experts in our new multi-media magazine.
Modified date: 25/06/2014
Business and industry issue
 

World cup fever boosts UK retail sales

David McCorquodale, UK Head of Retail at KPMG, comments on the latest Retail Sales figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Modified date: 19/06/2014
Press release
 

The future of the grocery sector in the UK

The UK’s grocery sector is one of the most competitive and cutthroat in retail. It also risks being one of the unhealthiest, with demand flat lining and over capacity eroding the big players’ profitability.
Modified date: 19/06/2014
Press release
 

Visa changes are a victory for common sense, says KPMG

David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG comments on the measures announced which will make it easier for Chinese citizens to obtain a visa and visit the UK.
Modified date: 17/06/2014
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Online Retail Sales Monitor May 2014 - strong fashion helps record online sales

Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 17.0% in May versus a year earlier.
Modified date: 10/06/2014
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor May 2014 - May sales slowed by food performance

UK retail sales were up 0.5% on a like-for-like basis from May 2013, when they had increased 1.8% on the preceding year.
Modified date: 10/06/2014
Press release
 

5p bag charge will simply tax the absent minded, says KPMG

David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG comments on news that the Government will introduce a 5p charge on all single-use plastic carrier bags in England
Modified date: 04/06/2014
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor April 2014 – April points to healthy growth in the economy

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor April 2014. Covering the four weeks 6 April 2014 – 3 May 2014.
Modified date: 13/05/2014
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor April 2014 – Stores enjoy Easter sales boost over online

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor April 2014. Covering the four weeks 6 April 2014 – 3 May 2014.
Modified date: 13/05/2014
Press release
 

KPMG & Workday

KPMG has teamed up with leading cloud-based enterprise solutions provider Workday, to offer an innovative approach to providing unified HCM, and FM solutions designed for today’s dynamic and global organisations
Modified date: 16/04/2014
Business and industry issue
 

KPMG at the Workday Rising Europe 2014 Conference

KPMG in the UK is proud to be Gold sponsor at Workday Rising Europe 2014, to be held on 31 March – 02 April 2014 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel in London.
Modified date: 01/04/2014
Business and industry issue
 

BRC-KPMG Online Retail Sales Monitor December 2013 - record online sales light up Christmas

BRC-KPMG Online Retail Slaes Monitor results for December 2013
Modified date: 27/03/2014
Press release
 

Inflation basket: video streaming in, DVD recorders out

David McCorquodale, head of retail at KPMG, comments on today’s changes to the basket of goods and services used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to calculate inflation
Modified date: 13/03/2014
Press release
 

UK retailers are ignoring shoppers online, or spamming them with irrelevant offers, finds KPMG study

UK retailers are failing to provide personalised offers to customers online and are ignoring their own data and insights into shopper demographics and behaviour.
Modified date: 11/02/2014
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor December 2013 - overall Christmas trading respectable

UK retail sales were up 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from December 2012, when they had increased 0.3% on the preceding year.
Modified date: 04/02/2014
Press release
 

Companies struggle to rebalance pricing and profitability post-recession

KPMG recently completed its 2013 UK pricing survey, which examines pricing trends across 200 of the UK’s biggest companies
Modified date: 30/01/2014
Press release
 

UK companies are gold medal winners for sustainable business

UK companies rank highly in The Sustainability Yearbook 2013 gold medal-table
Modified date: 30/01/2014
Press release
 

Retail health flattens despite positive signs of economic recovery

Economic confidence rising but continuing lack of disposable income will temper shopper spending
Modified date: 15/01/2014
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor November 2013 - online drives early Christmas shopping

UK retail sales were up 0.6% on a like-for-like basis from November 2012, when they had increased 0.4% on the preceding year.
Modified date: 09/01/2014
Press release
 

2014 will herald an upswing in sales for the retail sector, says the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank

Retailers will see an upswing in growth in 2014, but will remain vulnerable to wider economic shocks that impact consumer confidence or income levels, predicts the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank.
Modified date: 30/12/2013
Press release
 

Retailers hope for Boxing Day bonanza as they gear up for the biggest discount day of the year

Boxing Day heralds the biggest planned sales day for the retail sector in the year, says David McCorquodale, UK head of retail.
Modified date: 19/12/2013
Press release
 

The 10% profit opportunity

This report outlines the importance of a clear pricing strategy and disciplined pricing policy, and investing in pricing capabilities.
Modified date: 29/11/2013
Business and industry issue
 

This will be the most understocked Christmas in recent years, warns KPMG

This will be the most under stocked Christmas in recent years according to the head of retail at KPMG, David McCorquodale
Modified date: 15/11/2013
Press release
 

Underperforming high streets could be saved by single ownership, says KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank

The KPMG-Ipsos Retail Think Tank (‘the RTT’) met in October to discuss the key issues facing the high street and to consider the steps needed to revitalise failing high
Modified date: 07/11/2013
Press release
 

BRC-KPMG Online Retail Sales Monitor October 2013 - online reaches new record penetration rate

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 12.1% in October versus a year earlier. In October 2012, they had increased by 7.3% over the previous year.
Modified date: 05/11/2013
Press release
 

Health of UK retail gets a pick-me-up

The health of UK retail has shown some signs of improvement over the past quarter and the outlook is looking more encouraging than it has done for some time, particularly as the nation heads into the Christmas season feeling better about itself.
Modified date: 22/10/2013
Press release
 

Local authorities urged to adopt role of High Street “guardians”

Local authorities are being encouraged to adopt the role of the guardian of high streets and town centres in a new report Hope for the High Street from KPMG.
Modified date: 08/10/2013
Press release
 

How will demographic trends in the UK affect the retail sector?

The KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank met in July to consider how demographic shifts affect retailers - should they adapt to meet people’s changing needs?
Modified date: 08/10/2013
Press release
 

Hope for the High Street

It is no secret that the traditional British high street is in decline.
Modified date: 08/10/2013
Business and industry issue
 

ONS retail data: after hotting up at the tills retailers now focused on autumn collections

David McCorquodale, KPMG’s head of retail, commented on today’s ONS retail statistics for July, which showed sales growth of 3% on July 2012
Modified date: 15/08/2013
Press release
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