With lobbying regarding an online sales tax continuing, it seems the UK government remains unwilling to commit itself to any action yet. News this week suggested it could wait until the autumn before making a decision.
More positive news for retailers to enjoy Friday. Not only has consumer confidence continued to rise in March but Britons are also more upbeat about personal finances, according to GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index.
There are some mixed signals coming out of the latest consumer research suggesting that the retail bounce-back could be delayed until late summer. But fashion and beauty should still get a boost from next month.
The Scottish government has unveiled a new timetable to exit lockdown with non-essential stores to reopen on 26 April. Click and collect facilities are to resume and salons are to reopen earlier than expected on 5 April.
Pent-up shopper enthusiasm continues to grow. With the countdown to non-essential retail opening in the UK next month, weekly footfall rose for the seventh time in eight consecutive weeks, according to Springboard.