Sales and marketing

Online sales up in July

Retail sales in July 2014 were 0.3% lower than July 2013 but total sales grew by 1.3% in the last year, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

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SMEs want more export support

More than one third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) think exports are important for growth but only one quarter are active overseas, research by FedEx Express has found.

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UK firms lack export ambition

Less than half of British firms (43%) have ambitions to expand into overseas markets, according to a survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.

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Retail sales increase but hours worked falls

British retail sales experienced solid growth in the year to July 2014 as nearly half of businesses saw their sales increase, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Online sales fall in June

Online sales fell 5% during June 2014, according to the online retail association IMRG and consultancy company Capgemini.

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SME overseas sales predicted to grow

Small and medium-sized enterprise overseas sales are predicted to total £15 billion over the next 12 months, according to a survey by Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

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Retail sales 'disappointing'

Retail sales growth failed to meet expectations in the year to June 2014, according to a survey by the Confederation of British Industry.

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Fall in Scottish retail sales

Consumer spending in Scotland fell slightly in May 2014 as total sales figures dropped 0.2% compared to April 2014, according to the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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Scottish retail sales rise 1.9%

Scottish retail sales rose 1.9% in the year to April 2014, according to research from the Scottish Retail Consortium.

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Retail sales growth at 10-year high

UK retail sales experienced the highest annual growth in a decade as sales rose 6.9% in April 2014 year-on-year, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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