UK drinks retailer Oddbins has tapped into the country’s craft ale craze with the launch of an outlet dedicated entirely to beer.
The UK thirst for Champagne and Prosecco helped online retailer Virgin Wines to achieve its best Christmas ever, with like-for-like December sales up 20%.
UK off-licence group Conviviality Retail has bucked the trend by reporting “strong” Christmas trading announcing a first half pre-tax profit rise of 46.7%.
Majestic Wine’s margins took a hit over Christmas as the retailer embarked on an aggressive promotional push to keep pace with supermarket rivals.
Courvoisier is releasing a series of four high-end, limited edition Cognacs into the UK just in time to tap into the Christmas shopping season.
Tesco has launched a beer created by injured war veterans to raise money for British armed forces charity Help for Heroes.
UK sparkling wine sales shot up by £70 million last year, making it the country’s fastest growing alcoholic drink category.
A Kent merchant is dipping its toe into the London retail scene with the launch of a 12 week pop up wine bar and shop on the South Bank this month.
UK retailer The Whisky Shop has unveiled a new online outlet, which promises a “luxurious, educational and accessible” internet shopping experience.
The UK independent retail scene is too crowded, with new arrivals simply stealing each others’ sales rather then supermarket share, warns one merchant.
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