Category Archives: Consumers

Worst Scottish Sales Fall Since at least 1999 – AGAIN

There comes a point where even I, with my inbuilt Welsh pessimism (except when playing Scotland at rugby), get fed up with the bad news. But here we go again. The Scottish Retail Sales Monitor reporting on retail sales in … Continue reading

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Double Jeopardy

I am Welsh by birth and upbringing, though have lived in Scotland for almost the last 30 years, so there was a fair degree of spluttering into my muesli-encrusted white sausage supper the other night. A few deep fried Mars … Continue reading

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Christmas and Hogmanay had better be good

Two sets of figures out this week: CPI is 5.2%; RPI is 5.6% (where did the 2% target go?) Scottish Retail Sales: Total up 0.8%, Like for Like down 0.6% (UK comparables +2.5% and +0.3%). As the Scottish Retail Consortium … Continue reading

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Tesco Trails

A few weeks ago the “feel” of the university changed dramatically as the undergraduates and new postgraduates descended for the new semester. A sure sign Christmas is round the corner. There are always plenty of students around in the summer … Continue reading

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My Levy is Your Tax

It might not have been in the manifesto, but it certainly made headlines. Wandering into the newsagent yesterday morning, John Swinney would have seen an almost uniform newspaper lead coverage on his new “Public Health Levy”. Only, the words used … Continue reading

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Catching Up?

Just back from my latest travails. This time to Singapore where the IRS signed a new agreement for scholarships for our undergraduate retail degree. The Singapore Workforce Development Agency are sponsoring 90 scholarships over 3 years at an investment of … Continue reading

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Free the Fife One!

A few posts back I made some comments about farm shops and shops on a farm. The response directly to me was fascinating. Which is how I came to spend a day last week in Fife – and no, contrary … Continue reading

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