Pubs are arguably under more under pressure than retailers but at least they have a unique product to sell in the form of cask ale that cannot easily be bought in shops or over the internet. Lots of choice but does any of it appeal? As the industry has faced myriad problems – the smoking ban, increased…

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Scanning my Financial Times the other morning I couldn’t help notice that it was a full house for the quoted supermarkets, with all their share prices hitting their 12-month lows. Supermarket shares shrink so much you can no longer read them Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrison all hit the deck and were even joined by that semi-supermarket Marks & Spencer…

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