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The candid views of 25 chief executives of the UK’s largest retailers can be shared in Retail Week’s latest report, Retail 2017.
Despite uncertain times, 50% say they are erring towards driving growth (compared with 40% in 2015). Best growth prospects are projected to be technology and home improvements with food and fashion proving the most challenging. However, sportswear and the continuing trend towards athleisure offers growth potential together with beauty products.
Mobile was the top priority back in 2015 but for 2017 retailers are spreading their investment across the board with mobile just one consideration.
Despite Brexit, Trump and the volatility of the £, international expansion plans have risen dramatically from just 4% in 2015 up to 56% this year.
You can download the full report here.