This week in retail - 24 May 2019

This week in retail - 24 May 2019

UK Retail sales figures for April, Co-op trialling click and collect for John Lewis and rising confidence for small high street stores - we look at some of the retail stories of the week.


UK retail sales stall in April

The Office for National Statistics said sales in April were flat on March, and higher than the 0.3% fall expected. But warmer weather boosted sales of clothing, which offset falls in other areas of spending Read more.


 

Co-op stores to trial John Lewis Click and Collect service

Six Co-op Food stores are to start offering John Lewis’ Next Day Click and Collect service as part of a trial, giving its online shoppers access to the service in areas where there are fewer or no John Lewis or Waitrose stores. Read more.


Confidence in high streets growing among small shops

Confidence in Britain’s high streets is growing amongst small high street businesses and shoppers, a new study by Visa has revealed. According to the study of 750 small high street businesses, 74% were optimistic about the future of their local high street, up from 52% a year ago.

Of the 2,000 shoppers also surveyed, 34% named their local high street as their preferred destination for shopping, beating shopping centres at 31% and online shopping at 21%.


What does this mean for Post Office?
High streets continue to evolve and consumers are increasingly support local and small business which presents great opportunities for post office branches, many of which are in small shops and retail stores.

With wedding and festival season approaching, retailers are getting ahead and find new and easier ways for online shoppers to collect their parcels. With over 11,500 branches, Post Office remains the best place for consumers to collect and return their parcels but we need to continue to provide great experiences to everyone who comes through our doors.