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Greeting Card Association expresses concern on new evidence Royal Mail prioritising parcel deliveries over letters.

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The Greeting Card Association has reacted to a BBC Panorama programme lifting the lid on Royal Mail management prioritising parcel delivery over letters, which it says are in contradiction of... Read more…

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Rising costs continue to impact hair and beauty sector

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UK votes for its favourite pun-based shop name

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The UK has voted for its favourite pun-based shop name, and 'Sew It Seams' - a clothing alteration store in Belfast - has been awarded the top spot. 
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Town centre shops praise council for initiatives

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Three UK indie coffee shops named among the most popular in the world.

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A new ranking of the most popular independent coffee shops in the world has put three UK cafes in the top 10.
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Age-friendly businesses could revitalise Britain's high streets.

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Older people could be the financial shot in the arm needed for Britain’s high street, according to research commissioned by the University of Stirling. 
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Indie retailers – get ready to capitalise on World Cup opportunity

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The world’s largest brewer, Budweiser Brewing Group, has suggested that the World Cup, which kicks off in Qatar on November 20th, could see a possible 13.5% increase in off-trade sales, compared to 2019, which could be equivalent to an extra 62 million pints.

The tournament represents a significant opportunity for independent retailers to leverage supporter interest in the tournament to boost consumer spend, with 70% of us saying we are most likely to watch most matches at home.

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“This FIFA World Cup tournament is certainly set to be different from previous years with it being held in the winter months. This presents a unique sales opportunity for the off-trade as consumers look to transfer out-of-home occasions and elevate the at-home viewing experience,” said Maria Neves, head of category management, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I.

“The success of the Lionesses this summer is only adding to the excitement and we’re expecting the nation to get behind the men this winter. Stores need to start thinking about their World Cup displays and stocking up now to make the most of this opportunity.”

Budweiser Brewing Group shared three top tips to help retailers drive sales this winter:

Stock up on beer
Consumption of beer rockets during TV sports compared to the average at-home occasion. The 2018 FIFA World Cup saw an 18% increase in shoppers in the beer category compared to the average for the year contributing to an additional 1.4m shoppers.

Looking ahead to this winter, 63% of shoppers plan on drinking beer when watching the games, more than wine and spirits combined (11%), according to recent research.

Make sure you’ve got the right formats
Despite bottles and cans being evenly split in the total beer category, bottle serves over-index during football matches. Retailers should ensure they have a well-stock beer fridge containing bottle formats to capture spend throughout the tournament.

Additionally, large and mid-bottle packs tend to over-index during football tournaments. With the majority of drinking occasions taking place at home with friends and family, retailers should prioritise mid to large pack sizes to cater to consumer demand.

Drive sales with food and beer pairings
Food and beer go together, and football matches are no exception. 71% of off-trade alcohol purchases are made with food compared with 66% in February 2020. Significantly, mealtimes now account for 43% of all drinking occasions in the home.

Food is particularly important during football tournaments, driving 38m more occasions. During the 2018 World Cup burgers were the most popular food. Offering meal deals in-store, such as beer and burger bundles on matchdays or in-store promotions, is one easy way stores can encourage cross-spend.

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