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Welcome to the Centre for Retail Research Website.
The Centre for Retail Research provides authoritative and expert research and analysis of the retail and service sectors in Britain, Europe and globally.
The Centre, originally a university research group, has been independent since 1997. Its Director is Professor Joshua Bamfield. It is totally independent and is not connected to any outside organisation or interest group.
Our work is based on
- understanding retail and consumer trends for our client
- analysing the main drivers of retail change
- making accurate forecasts.
Many of our key areas of interest can be seen in the menu column to the right of this page. They include
- Retail Forecasts: consumer spending; Christmas and seasonal spending forecasts; the future pattern of stores; payment systems; ethical retailing and green retailing; retail failures.
- e-Commerce trends: the growth of online (e-commerce) and multi-channel retailing
- Economics of Retailing: trends in costs, productivity, and output for different retail sectors. Specialist economic forecasts for retail/service sector.
- Crime and Fraud: Our research into retail crime and fraud acts as a benchmark for retail corporations worldwide. CRR's best-known report is the Global Retail Theft Barometer, which celebrates its tenth birthday in 2010 and covers 43 countries.
Much of our work is confidential to our clients, which include large retail businesses, trade associations, suppliers and government bodies.
The Centre's research is widely quoted
The Centre's research and views are quoted widely. Radio and TV stations include: the BBC's Today Programme, BBC 24, CNN, Sky News, Channel 4 News, ITV, BBC News, Sky and TV stations in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Germany. Our reports are carried by major newspapers including The Times, Financial Times, The Economist, Time Magazine, Daily Mail, The Sun, Frankfurter Allgemeine, The Financial Daily/ Financieele Dagblad (Amsterdam), Täglicher Marktbe (Germany), Expansion (Spain), The Irish Independent, Irish Post, the Times of India, Washington Times, and International Herald Tribune.