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UK inflation up 2.6%
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Analysts see surprise jump in UK inflation as clothing retailers cut down on seasonal discounts. Consumer price inflation rose 2.6 per cent from 2.4 per cent in June, in an unexpected turn for economists who had forecast a fall. The Office for National Statistics attributed the jump to a rise in airfares (growing 21.7 per cent month-on-month), housing costs and less discounting by retailers in the wake of bad weather.

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Visa finds Olympic boost for consumer spending
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International visitors to the UK spent more than £450 million on Visa cards in the first week of the Olympic Games, up 8 per cent from levels a year before. Visa said tourists shelling out on restaurants, nightclubs, theatres and London’s key attractions had helped the boost in spending.

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Boden and M&S fail to make the grade in ‘value for money’ survey
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It’s bad news for Boden and Marks & Spencer after the retailers came in last and second last place respectively in a survey to determine the best ‘value for money’ clothing brand in the UK. As part of research conducted by GfK, shoppers were asked to choose the best ‘value for money’ and ‘design and quality’ from a range of seven fashion retailers.

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War on the forecourts: Supermarkets cut fuel prices

Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s have all announced cuts to fuel prices as retailers look to “bring a smile back” to the nation’s shoppers. From Tuesday, Asda customers will pay no more than 127.7p for a litre of petrol and 132.7p for diesel. Sainsbury’s will also reduce its fuel prices “by up to 2p per litre”.

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London Q1 rent rates drop 0.8%
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Commercial property rent rates in London fell 0.1 per cent in March, taking 2012’s first quarterly decrease to 0.8 per cent, according to the latest Prime Central London Lettings index from Knight Frank. Despite the drop, rent rates in 2012 remained 1.2 per cent higher than at the same time a year ago.

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On the bread line: Premier Foods announces £259.1m loss
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Premier Foods on Monday announced a £259.1 million pre-tax loss for 2011, as the Hovis owner fought against tough price competition in the bread market. According to the BBC, trading profit in Premier Food’s bread division fell 90.4 per cent to just £3.4 million.

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Warren Buffett spends £350m on Tesco shares

True to his word, Warren Buffett has upped his stake again in Tesco, after the supermarket was forced to issue its first profit warning in over 20 years. In November last year Buffett, arguably one of the world’s most successful investors, said he would buy more Tesco shares if the price fell. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman stuck to that claim and on the back of Tesco’s share slum last week, increased his stake from 3.6 per cent to 5.1 per cent, spending roughly £350 million on the purchase.

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Tesco makes U-turn on discounts after big share price drop

Coupon queens can breathe a sigh of relief: Tesco has announced the return of its money-off vouchers after chief executive Philip Clark admitted its Big Price Drop had failed to deliver. The supermarket saw £5 billion wiped off its market value after a disappointing set of results from Christmas trading.

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UK CPI down 4.2% for December

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) today released new figures showing the UK’s consumer price index (CPI) fell to 4.2 per cent in December. Used as a measure of inflation, the report showed CPI continued to fall from its peak of 5.2 per cent in September. December’s fall was attributed to transport, housing and household services, clothing and footwear and alcoholic beverages and tobacco.

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Tesco defends pre-profit warning share sale

Supermarket giant Tesco has rubbished claims that its chief operating officer Bob Robbins sold £200,000 worth of shares in the knowledge that the supermarket’s share price was due to plummet.

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