Busy week for UK high street

After the damp squib that was Easter weekend, the high street’s retailers have reasons to celebrate following last week’s heat wave. New figures show that trading was dramatically improved by the spell of sunshine, with shoppers hitting stores in their droves during the warmer weather.

Waitrose said it had recorded a 400% rise in sales of sun screen on Thursday, a 300% increase in ice cubes, sold 270% more BBQ food such as burgers and sausages, an 150% increase in sales and beer and 54% more rose wine.

Sainsbury’s also profited from the better temperatures, with a 365% increase in charcoal for BBQ while Tesco said it expected to sell 8 million sausages and 2 million strawberries.

Read the full story here: https://www.retailgazette.co.uk/blog/2018/04/high-street-sales-skyrocket-heatwave-provides-boost-retailers/

Google confirms core algorithm update

Google has confirmed that it carried out a core algorithm update last week – explaining why some sites may have experienced an unexpected drop (or boost) in rankings. As usual, the search engine designed to provide specific details of the update but did confirm that the change is part of its regular development schedule which sees it roll out updates “several times a year”. It says that pages that experienced a drop aren’t necessarily being penalised as it could mean those pages that were under-rewarded previously are now being recognised.

The answer if your site lost positions in the SERPs? Continue to focus on creating great content.

Read the full story here: https://searchengineland.com/google-confirms-rolling-out-a-broad-core-search-algorithm-update-earlier-week-296600

Boohoo latest ecommerce retailer to report strong sales growth

Last week we reported that ASOS had made a bumper profit announcement – this week it’s the turn of fast fashion etailer, Boohoo. City analysts say that major investment should mean a 95% surge in sales this year, taking it to an expected £547.6 million, with a pre-tax profit of £47 million.

Boohoo also owns fashion site PrettyLittleThing.com and bought the US brand NastyGal after it imploded. Onlookers also expect that the site will announce even more investment, with a predicted £106 million of spending next year.

Much of Boohoo’s growth is being attributed to its majority stake in PrettyLittleThing.

Read the full story here: http://www.cityam.com/284449/boohoo-looking-pretty-infrastructure-and-prettylittlething

US-China Trade War Truce Being Brokered?

Bloomberg is reporting that the brewing trade war between the US and China could be abating after rumours of truce being brokered. China has confirmed a US visit request has been made for the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. He is said to be mulling over a possible trip to Beijing in order to ease tensions over economic and trade issues.

Read the full story here: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-21/u-s-hints-at-a-china-truce-as-world-warns-of-trade-war-threat