UK retailers demand business rate cuts to save high street stores

Marks & Spencer and other chains say tax changes needed to save jobs and communitiesMore than 50 major UK retailers, including Marks & Spencer, Harrods and Iceland, have demanded tax cuts from the government to safeguard the future of the high …

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Cauliflowers dwindle in UK as extreme weather takes its toll

Wholesale prices rise by 400% as restaurants advised to take cauliflower-related meals off menusBritain is in the grip of a cauliflower crisis, with supermarket shelves emptying after heavy rain destroyed this year’s crop in Lincolnshire, while alterna…

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UK consumers switch to online streaming en masse

Retailers suffer as DVD, CD and video games sales plunge by up to a fifthSales of DVDs, CDs and video games plunged by almost a fifth in the three months to the end of June, as consumers ditch physical products for online streaming.Specialist retailers…

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Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter

Supermarket’s freezers will help power 8,500 homes by matching defrost times to blackouts or surges in demandHundreds of Asda supermarket stores will help power the UK’s electricity system this winter by using its fridges to act as a virtual battery pa…

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