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‘We will see food rotting at ports’: Retail industry issues stark warning to May and Barnier over no deal Brexit

In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May and chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), warned of chaos at ports in the event of a cliff edge Brexit
A clothes shop tries to sell the last of its stock before closing down on February 1, 2012 in Stoke-On-Trent, England. Staffordshire has borne the brunt of the economic downturn with the loss of 21,100 manufacturing jobs which have fallen from 74,200 in 2006/07 to 53,100 in 2010/11, the highest in the UK according to a survey by the GMB union.

Brits have suddenly stopped shopping — and it’s a worrying omen for the economy

"Even once we take account of these seasonal distortions, the underlying trend in sales growth is heading downwards," the British Retail Consortium's chief executive Helen Dickinson said in a statement.

UK card payments have overtaken cash for the first time ever

New research by the British Retail Consortium shows card payments overtook cash payments in 2016, and that the use of credit cards is falling.