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MPs Warn High Street is Coming Like a Ghost Town

A group of MPs who submit expenses for attending meetings under the brand of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee have warned again on the state of the UK high street, and have, yet again, said what we really need is more in online sales taxes to hit the digital sellers and reinvest the takings in rates cuts for bricks & mortar trades. Read More >>

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Small Part of High Street Refuses the Mike Ashley Handshake

Sports Direct and almost everything else owner Mike Ashley has been told he can't have Patisserie Valerie to add to his collection of failing UK businesses, as his cheeky offer wasn't considered high enough -- so he's OUT, like the unpopular, untelevised dragon he is. Read More >>

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M&S Trials Paper Bags for Veg and a Good Old Greengrocer

M&S is throwing one of its branches back to the pre-shrinkwrap days of the 1970s, trialling a massively reduced plastic store that empowers people to put their own vegetables into paper bags -- and even has a "greengrocer" on hand to playfully bounce an apple on his arm and call all the old ladies "love." Read More >>

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Two-Thirds of Households Had a Sneaky Whizz Around Aldi and Lidl This Christmas

Stats monitoring supermarket visits over the 12 weeks up to December 30 show the continuing booming of the sexy young German discounter twins, with both Lidl and Aldi growing by around 10 per cent compared with 2017's numbers. Read More >>

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New Book Shops Seem to Be Actually… Opening

Stats counting the number of independent book shops operating in the UK show something odd. They show that there are more independent book shops in the UK now than there were a year ago, despite the mainstream media telling us repeatedly that the high street is dead. Read More >>

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Bude Continues to Bleed Internet-Famous Supermarket Tunnel Dry

Sainsbury's and Bude are working together to ensure the fame won by the town's plastic car park tunnel lasts as long as possible, with the notorious plastic rain shield now kitted out with full decorations to turn it into a festive getting-to-your-car experience the likes of which we – and definitely the people of Bude – have never seen before. Read More >>

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Sainsbury’s Tells Shoppers What to Buy for the Food Bank Drops

It's the curse of the modern age: you've done your shopping, bought what you can afford, planned as many as four dinners in advance and even paid for it all like you're supposed to using the self-scanning things, then they ask you to think about other people and spare an item or two for the local food banks on your way out. Dinner plans ruined. Careful rucksack loading undone. You walk by leaving nothing, feeling evil. Read More >>

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Google Adds Tool to Search Stock of Local Shops

Google has come up with a partnership that might stop people branding it evil for quite so much of the time, as it's to start incorporating hyperlocal shop stock information from NearSt within its ubiquitous search results. Read More >>

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Why Don’t We Just Call the Entire Country “Sports Direct”

Mike Ashley, king of the polyester warehouses and hero of the troubled high street brand, has bought up a fresh batch of premises on the cheap, as he's come in at the last minute again to pull another chain out of financial distress. Bike supplier Evans Cycles is now part of Ashley's kingdom of troubled brands. Read More >>

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Iceland Decides Bananas Are Protected Enough Already

Supermarket chain Iceland is drip-feeding us another bit of good news about the War on Plastic, as it's announced that it's going to stop the largely pointless activity that is putting bunches of bananas in plastic bags to sell. It's putting a bit of cardboard around them instead, a bit of cardboard that says "BANANAS" on it for the benefit of people who can't identify them. Read More >>

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Parents Are Buying Kids More Jigsaws and Tents in Futile Battle Against Screens

A pathetic attempt is being made by the parents of the nation to wean their pale and listless children off the screens they've been using to keep them quiet, with shopping portal eBay saying it's seeing sales of outdoorsy items like tents and fishing rods rocket – because mum read something on the Daily Mail that says spending 14 hours a day looking at an iPad Mini might not be the best developmental strategy for a child. Read More >>

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Smaller Ikea Metro/Local Outlets are Coming to the High Street

Ikea is planning to invade the high streets of the UK with a network of smaller branches, where users will be able to select from a slightly limited range of furniture and won't have the fun of controlling a massive trolley in places where it looks like members of the public shouldn't be allowed. Read More >>

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Amazon Accused of Profiting From the Sale of Nazi Material

Amazon's open door Marketplace, where anyone can sign up to sell anything and it comes with the vague assurances that Amazon is behind it all, is being abused by racists, wouldn't you know? The non-shock news comes via the US-based Action Center on Race and the Economy, which has found a grim list of Nazi merchandise and general racist material up for sale to fund the activities and bumper stickers of the hate-spreaders. Read More >>

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Sainsbury’s Tests Slow Lane for a Less Stressed Checkout Experience

Sainsbury's is trialling a clever idea that might turn shopping into less of a nightmare for people who find the whole experience troubling, with what it calls a Relaxed Lane for slower shoppers currently being tested at the company's Prestwick branch. Read More >>

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Waitrose Offers the Bored Posh Diner an Ostrich Egg for £20

If you want something different, are not in a hurry to eat, and don't mind spending £19.99 on one egg, best get to Waitrose. It's ostrich egg season. Read More >>