Paul Martin is UK head of retail at KPMG
Opinion: Are retailers still beholden to the ‘golden’ quarter?
We all know the run-up to Christmas marks a busy time for many retailers, and arguably Black Friday has extended the Christmas trading period and added to that burden – especially when it comes to managing margins.
Opinion: What the interest rate rise means for retailers
As was widely expected, the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee finally decided to raise the interest rate by 0.25 basis points to 0.75% – the highest it’s been since 2009.
Opinion: Retailers must smarten up to keep customer loyalty
Given that large parts of the British retail industry are increasingly scrabbling to maintain footfall and sales growth, encouraging customer loyalty has never been so crucial.
Opinion: Don't underestimate the power of the platform
Times they are a changin’, so Bob Dylan professed. And never has that been more the case than in UK’s retail industry currently.
Opinion: Private equity firms still seek retail options
As N Brown chairman Andy Higginson prepares to stand down to pursue private equity opportunities, which are the retailers that pique investor interest?
Comment: Why has Aldi launched a smartphone and is it a good idea?
One month ago Aldi Nord in Germany launched two smartphone models – the difference to the UK launch is that these were branded models rather than own-brand.