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Majestic announces best-ever Christmas trading

Published:  09 January, 2024

Wine retailer Majestic has announced its best-ever Christmas trading performance, boosted by six new store openings in 2023 and its growing B2B division, Majestic Commercial.


Harpers State of the Nation Survey: Take part now

Published:  08 January, 2024

Harpers would like to hear from you regarding the Christmas period, your optimism (or lack thereof) for the year ahead, plus what you foresee to be the biggest challenges in 2024.


Record Christmas bookings for Drake & Morgan

Published:  07 December, 2023

Drake & Morgan, the London-based bar and restaurant group backed by Bowmark Capital has announced record bookings for Christmas 2023, sounding a note of optimism in an otherwise challenging environment.


December was worst month for UK restaurant closures in four years

Published:  14 February, 2023

UK restaurant company insolvencies in December of last year were the highest in at least four years says Mazars, the international audit, tax and advisory firm. 


More hospitality closures in 2022 than Covid-hit 2021 reports CGA

Published:  20 January, 2023

In a new report published by CGA, inflation in energy bills and other costs led to a net decline of 1,611 licensed premises in the fourth quarter of 2022.


Ups and downs of Christmas trading

Published:  20 January, 2023

Celebrating the return of a ‘normal Christmas’ offered up much-needed sales for indies towards the back end of 2022, though overall performance was impacted by the spread of late sales and location. Jo Gilbert reports.


Virgin Wines announces 'disappointing' profitability performance

Published:  12 January, 2023

Virgin Wines, one of the UK’s largest direct-to-consumer online wine retailers, has published its trading update for the six months ended 31 December 2022.


High street restrictions could have dire consequences for small business this Christmas

Published:  10 December, 2020

Local shops and businesses are on a ‘cliff edge’, with one in 10 facing permanent closure without a successful Christmas trading period.


Covid and Brexit: A perfect storm?

Published:  21 October, 2020

With Covid and Brexit uncertainty pressing down ahead of Christmas, Andrew Catchpole asked some of our top 50 Best Indies what lies ahead.


Still wine swipes the Christmas sales crown

Published:  11 January, 2018

Still wine has emerged as the surprising winner of the wine aisle across the all-important Christmas season, with sales finally back in growth and outperforming Prosecco for the first time in several years.