Archive: January 2017

Inflation: Friend or Foe?

By Mark Brumby
Many consumers have little or no first-hand experience of inflation
The two 5% spikes in 2008 and 2011 were ‘aberrations’
We were in short pants (or not born) in the 20% plus days of the 1970s…

Restaurants in US hit bump, any UK read-across?

By Mark Brumby
Gloomy comments Stateside:
4 Jan: NPD Group says ‘a restaurant industry that struggled with weak sales and traffic in 2016 shouldn’t expect much improvement in 2017.’
4 Jan: NPD ‘expects restaurant industry traffic to remain stalled in 2017’. It sees a shift from dine-in to quick-service…