UK retail sales pick up slightly while analysts warn of consumer sector stress over Brexit


UK retail sales pick up slightly while analysts warn of consumer sector stress over Brexit and inflation

The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Sales Monitor shows retail sales rose 1.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same month a year earlier

  • Ben Chu Economics Editor
  • @Benchu_
  • Monday 4 September 2017 23:21 BST

The Independent Online

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Food sales were down 0.5 per cent year-on-year in the three months to August Getty

Retail sales picked up slightly in August, but analysts warned that the consumer sector’s stress was far from over given Brexit and rising inflation.

The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Sales Monitor shows that the value of retail sales rose 1.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same month a year earlier.

On a total basis, sales were up 2.4 per cent.

Read more

This was the strongest growth seen since Easter.

However, over the three months to August, the slowdown trend seen this year was still clear.

All sales were down 0.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same period a year earlier, with food sales down 0.5 per cent.

Non-food sales were up just 0.2 per cent and food sales by 0.9 per cent.

“Stark challenges lurk around the corner for the retail industry. Purchasing decisions are very much dictated by a shrinking pool of discretionary consumer spend, with the amount of money in people’s pockets set to be dented by inflation and statutory rises in employee pension contributions in a few months’ time,” said Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the BRC.

“Retailers have managed to achieve stronger than expected growth, however adding to this could be the fact that consumers appear to be turning a blind eye to the potential crush on spending power to come. The industry now needs to overcome further devaluation of the pound and the increased costs therein,” said Don Williams, retail partner of KPMG.

The Office for National Statistics reported that retail sales volumes – adjusted for inflation – were up just 0.3 per cent in July, with the annual rate dropping sharply from 1.3 per cent from 2.8 per cent previously.

Inflation in July was 2.6 per cent, unchanged from the previous month, but up from just 0.5 per cent at the time of the 2016 Brexit vote.

Many analysts expect inflation to hit 2.9 per cent later this year.

Retail sales account for around 30 per cent of household spending, which in turn accounts for around 60 per cent of UK GDP.

Consumer spending was responsible for the surprisingly strong GDP growth in the wake of last year’s referendum, and the slowdown since the turn of the year is largely responsible for the weakening of the economy in 2017.


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    The comments follow reports of incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants that supply British supermarkets

    • Emma Featherstone
    • Thursday 26 October 2017 13:32 BST

    The Independent Online

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    Tinned tomatoes on British supermarket shelves may contain tomatoes picked migrant workers facing labour abuses Thomas Martinsen / Unsplash

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged the Government to do more to ensure the welfare of supply chain workers, following reports earlier this week of labour abuses at factories that supply British supermarkets.

    Earlier this week, The Guardian reported incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants – Mutti and Conserve Italia – which supply major British supermarkets with tinned tomatoes and passata.

    The investigation involved fruit picking workers and reportedly began with the death of a Sudanese farm worker in the fields of Nardó, Southern Italy. The farm worker was reportedly hired under a so-called gangmaster system, that is in operation across the country’s agricultural sector, under which migrants are put into labour groups, which are then hired by Italian landowners.

    British retail consortium

    Supply chain transparency is key to ending worker exploitation

    Peter Andrews, head of sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said in a statement: “This is a tragic case and we expect the Italian authorities to carry out a full investigation. Where laws have been broken we expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”

    Mr Andrews added that the welfare of workers in supply chains was of upmost importance and that BRC members would investigate any allegations of malpractice. He said that retailers in the UK put in place mechanisms to protect their supply chains, including codes of conduct and training, but that this needs to be supported by “effective government enforcement of labour standards”.

    The Guardian reported that Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi had said that Mutti and Conserve Italia’s brand Cirio have been benefitting from “conditions of absolute exploitation” in the country’s multibillion-pound tomato industry.

    It reported that court documents had shown that migrants had been forced to work for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, on minimal wage, with no access to medical care picking fruit that would be used in the goods of companies supplying to supermarkets around the world.

    Neither Mutti nor Conserve Italia was immediately available for comment when contacted by The Independent.


    UK retail sales pick up slightly while analysts warn of consumer sector stress over Brexit


    UK retail sales pick up slightly while analysts warn of consumer sector stress over Brexit and inflation

    The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Sales Monitor shows retail sales rose 1.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same month a year earlier

    • Ben Chu Economics Editor
    • @Benchu_
    • Monday 4 September 2017 23:21 BST

    The Independent Online

    British retail consortium

    Food sales were down 0.5 per cent year-on-year in the three months to August Getty

    Retail sales picked up slightly in August, but analysts warned that the consumer sector’s stress was far from over given Brexit and rising inflation.

    The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Sales Monitor shows that the value of retail sales rose 1.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same month a year earlier.

    On a total basis, sales were up 2.4 per cent.

    Read more

    This was the strongest growth seen since Easter.

    However, over the three months to August, the slowdown trend seen this year was still clear.

    All sales were down 0.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same period a year earlier, with food sales down 0.5 per cent.

    Non-food sales were up just 0.2 per cent and food sales by 0.9 per cent.

    “Stark challenges lurk around the corner for the retail industry. Purchasing decisions are very much dictated by a shrinking pool of discretionary consumer spend, with the amount of money in people’s pockets set to be dented by inflation and statutory rises in employee pension contributions in a few months’ time,” said Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the BRC.

    “Retailers have managed to achieve stronger than expected growth, however adding to this could be the fact that consumers appear to be turning a blind eye to the potential crush on spending power to come. The industry now needs to overcome further devaluation of the pound and the increased costs therein,” said Don Williams, retail partner of KPMG.

    The Office for National Statistics reported that retail sales volumes – adjusted for inflation – were up just 0.3 per cent in July, with the annual rate dropping sharply from 1.3 per cent from 2.8 per cent previously.

    Inflation in July was 2.6 per cent, unchanged from the previous month, but up from just 0.5 per cent at the time of the 2016 Brexit vote.

    Many analysts expect inflation to hit 2.9 per cent later this year.

    Retail sales account for around 30 per cent of household spending, which in turn accounts for around 60 per cent of UK GDP.

    Consumer spending was responsible for the surprisingly strong GDP growth in the wake of last year’s referendum, and the slowdown since the turn of the year is largely responsible for the weakening of the economy in 2017.


    UK retail sales pick up slightly while analysts warn of consumer sector stress over Brexit


    UK retail sales pick up slightly while analysts warn of consumer sector stress over Brexit and inflation

    The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Sales Monitor shows retail sales rose 1.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same month a year earlier

    • Ben Chu Economics Editor
    • @Benchu_
    • Monday 4 September 2017 23:21 BST

    The Independent Online

    British retail consortium

    Food sales were down 0.5 per cent year-on-year in the three months to August Getty

    Retail sales picked up slightly in August, but analysts warned that the consumer sector’s stress was far from over given Brexit and rising inflation.

    The latest British Retail Consortium-KPMG Sales Monitor shows that the value of retail sales rose 1.3 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same month a year earlier.

    On a total basis, sales were up 2.4 per cent.

    Read more

    This was the strongest growth seen since Easter.

    However, over the three months to August, the slowdown trend seen this year was still clear.

    All sales were down 0.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis on the same period a year earlier, with food sales down 0.5 per cent.

    Non-food sales were up just 0.2 per cent and food sales by 0.9 per cent.

    “Stark challenges lurk around the corner for the retail industry. Purchasing decisions are very much dictated by a shrinking pool of discretionary consumer spend, with the amount of money in people’s pockets set to be dented by inflation and statutory rises in employee pension contributions in a few months’ time,” said Helen Dickinson, the chief executive of the BRC.

    “Retailers have managed to achieve stronger than expected growth, however adding to this could be the fact that consumers appear to be turning a blind eye to the potential crush on spending power to come. The industry now needs to overcome further devaluation of the pound and the increased costs therein,” said Don Williams, retail partner of KPMG.

    The Office for National Statistics reported that retail sales volumes – adjusted for inflation – were up just 0.3 per cent in July, with the annual rate dropping sharply from 1.3 per cent from 2.8 per cent previously.

    Inflation in July was 2.6 per cent, unchanged from the previous month, but up from just 0.5 per cent at the time of the 2016 Brexit vote.

    Many analysts expect inflation to hit 2.9 per cent later this year.

    Retail sales account for around 30 per cent of household spending, which in turn accounts for around 60 per cent of UK GDP.

    Consumer spending was responsible for the surprisingly strong GDP growth in the wake of last year’s referendum, and the slowdown since the turn of the year is largely responsible for the weakening of the economy in 2017.


    Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium, The


    Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium

    The comments follow reports of incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants that supply British supermarkets

    • Emma Featherstone
    • Thursday 26 October 2017 13:32 BST

    The Independent Online

    British retail consortium

    Tinned tomatoes on British supermarket shelves may contain tomatoes picked migrant workers facing labour abuses Thomas Martinsen / Unsplash

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged the Government to do more to ensure the welfare of supply chain workers, following reports earlier this week of labour abuses at factories that supply British supermarkets.

    Earlier this week, The Guardian reported incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants – Mutti and Conserve Italia – which supply major British supermarkets with tinned tomatoes and passata.

    The investigation involved fruit picking workers and reportedly began with the death of a Sudanese farm worker in the fields of Nardó, Southern Italy. The farm worker was reportedly hired under a so-called gangmaster system, that is in operation across the country’s agricultural sector, under which migrants are put into labour groups, which are then hired by Italian landowners.

    British retail consortium

    Supply chain transparency is key to ending worker exploitation

    Peter Andrews, head of sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said in a statement: “This is a tragic case and we expect the Italian authorities to carry out a full investigation. Where laws have been broken we expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”

    Mr Andrews added that the welfare of workers in supply chains was of upmost importance and that BRC members would investigate any allegations of malpractice. He said that retailers in the UK put in place mechanisms to protect their supply chains, including codes of conduct and training, but that this needs to be supported by “effective government enforcement of labour standards”.

    The Guardian reported that Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi had said that Mutti and Conserve Italia’s brand Cirio have been benefitting from “conditions of absolute exploitation” in the country’s multibillion-pound tomato industry.

    It reported that court documents had shown that migrants had been forced to work for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, on minimal wage, with no access to medical care picking fruit that would be used in the goods of companies supplying to supermarkets around the world.

    Neither Mutti nor Conserve Italia was immediately available for comment when contacted by The Independent.


    Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium, The


    Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium

    The comments follow reports of incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants that supply British supermarkets

    • Emma Featherstone
    • Thursday 26 October 2017 13:32 BST

    The Independent Online

    British retail consortium

    Tinned tomatoes on British supermarket shelves may contain tomatoes picked migrant workers facing labour abuses Thomas Martinsen / Unsplash

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged the Government to do more to ensure the welfare of supply chain workers, following reports earlier this week of labour abuses at factories that supply British supermarkets.

    Earlier this week, The Guardian reported incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants – Mutti and Conserve Italia – which supply major British supermarkets with tinned tomatoes and passata.

    The investigation involved fruit picking workers and reportedly began with the death of a Sudanese farm worker in the fields of Nardó, Southern Italy. The farm worker was reportedly hired under a so-called gangmaster system, that is in operation across the country’s agricultural sector, under which migrants are put into labour groups, which are then hired by Italian landowners.

    British retail consortium

    Supply chain transparency is key to ending worker exploitation

    Peter Andrews, head of sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said in a statement: “This is a tragic case and we expect the Italian authorities to carry out a full investigation. Where laws have been broken we expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”

    Mr Andrews added that the welfare of workers in supply chains was of upmost importance and that BRC members would investigate any allegations of malpractice. He said that retailers in the UK put in place mechanisms to protect their supply chains, including codes of conduct and training, but that this needs to be supported by “effective government enforcement of labour standards”.

    The Guardian reported that Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi had said that Mutti and Conserve Italia’s brand Cirio have been benefitting from “conditions of absolute exploitation” in the country’s multibillion-pound tomato industry.

    It reported that court documents had shown that migrants had been forced to work for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, on minimal wage, with no access to medical care picking fruit that would be used in the goods of companies supplying to supermarkets around the world.

    Neither Mutti nor Conserve Italia was immediately available for comment when contacted by The Independent.


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    Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium, The


    Government needs to support the welfare of supply chain workers, says British Retail Consortium

    The comments follow reports of incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants that supply British supermarkets

    • Emma Featherstone
    • Thursday 26 October 2017 13:32 BST

    The Independent Online

    British retail consortium

    Tinned tomatoes on British supermarket shelves may contain tomatoes picked migrant workers facing labour abuses Thomas Martinsen / Unsplash

    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has urged the Government to do more to ensure the welfare of supply chain workers, following reports earlier this week of labour abuses at factories that supply British supermarkets.

    Earlier this week, The Guardian reported incidents of labour abuse in the supply chains of two Italian food giants – Mutti and Conserve Italia – which supply major British supermarkets with tinned tomatoes and passata.

    The investigation involved fruit picking workers and reportedly began with the death of a Sudanese farm worker in the fields of Nardó, Southern Italy. The farm worker was reportedly hired under a so-called gangmaster system, that is in operation across the country’s agricultural sector, under which migrants are put into labour groups, which are then hired by Italian landowners.

    British retail consortium

    Supply chain transparency is key to ending worker exploitation

    Peter Andrews, head of sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said in a statement: “This is a tragic case and we expect the Italian authorities to carry out a full investigation. Where laws have been broken we expect the perpetrators to be brought to justice.”

    Mr Andrews added that the welfare of workers in supply chains was of upmost importance and that BRC members would investigate any allegations of malpractice. He said that retailers in the UK put in place mechanisms to protect their supply chains, including codes of conduct and training, but that this needs to be supported by “effective government enforcement of labour standards”.

    The Guardian reported that Italian prosecutor Paola Guglielmi had said that Mutti and Conserve Italia’s brand Cirio have been benefitting from “conditions of absolute exploitation” in the country’s multibillion-pound tomato industry.

    It reported that court documents had shown that migrants had been forced to work for 12 hours a day, seven days a week, on minimal wage, with no access to medical care picking fruit that would be used in the goods of companies supplying to supermarkets around the world.

    Neither Mutti nor Conserve Italia was immediately available for comment when contacted by The Independent.


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