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High Street footfall reaches new low

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported a 12.6% decrease in the number of town centre shoppers in the three months to April – the worst drop in footfall since November 2009.

Whitbread boss refuses pay rise

Whitbread's chief executive Andy Harrison has turned down a 1.5% increase on his annual salary of £717,500.

M&S takes profit hit

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has seen profit before tax down £122.6m on last year, despite strong like-for-like food sales.

Gongs given for sandwich success

Greencore took the top award of the night at the Sammies last week – the British Sandwich Industry Awards – for its Food to Go range.

MPs named and shamed over ‘pasty tax’ amendment

British Baker has published the names of those MPs who voted against the amendment to the 20% tax on hot takeaway bakery products.

In pictures: China bakery study tour 2012

British Baker's associate editor, Georgi Gyton, travelled to China earlier this month on a bakery study tour, hosted by Rich Products. Check out our exclusive gallery of pictures, from the trade show in Shanghai to business visits in Beijing and the Great Wall of China.

Asda total sales up 7.1%

Asda has increased its like-for-like sales by 2.2% in the 12 weeks to 31 March 2012.

Glamwiches are on the rise

A new lunchtime trend – ‘the glamwich’ – has been emerging as more and more Brits are making their own packed lunches at home.

Morrisons relaunches in-store bakeries

Supermarket chain Morrisons is revamping its in-store bakeries at the end of May with new product lines, packaging and baking methods.

Morrisons set to close Wigan bakery

Morrisons has launched a year-long consultation as it looks to close its Rathbones bakery site in Wigan.

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