Mixed shopper footfall in May

first_imgShopper footfall was down by 0.7% in May, lower than a year ago, and down from the 1% rise in April, according to new figures.The BRC/Springboard Footfall Monitor revealed a mixed picture across the UK – with footfall down by 1% on high streets, but up 1.2% in out-of-town areasThe hardest-hit parts of the UK were Northern Ireland (-3.1%), the West Midlands (-2.9%) and the East Midlands (-2.6%).Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium director general, said: “On the surface these figures are fairly flat, but they’re masking widespread regional variations and only two areas in England – Greater London and the East – are showing positive footfall growth compared with May 2012. As the recent unemployment figures highlighted, the outlook in terms of job prospects and economic growth is by no means ‘one size fits all’ across the UK. “While footfall saw a slight drop compared with May 2012, the month’s respectable sales growth suggests that conversion rates were good: people made fewer trips, but responded well to good deals, especially on value ranges and seasonal promotions. Where there was a little growth, retail parks led the way and this could explain why furniture – most commonly sited out of town – was the month’s best-performing category according to our Retail Sales Monitor.“Now that we’re into June, retailers will be hoping that summer sales and sunshine will make for a stronger showing next time.”last_img read more

The latest odds on which Premier League managers could get sacked after THAT Arsenal vs Sheffield United game

first_imgPatrice Evra was not overly impressed by Arsenal’s display against Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)‘Even when Robin van Persie came, and on the first day I shook his hand, and I said “welcome to a man club”. At the beginning he was upset, but after one month he said ‘you were completely right Patrice.‘Guuendouzi was paying in midfield, but before he was playing in the French second league and he was not even playing regularly – and he’s the best player in this team.‘I respect Aubameyang and Lacazette, but if those two guys don’t score, they’re in trouble.’When asked about Evra’s comments, Granit Xhaka replied: ‘A lot of people speak too much.‘I have a lot of respect for him because he was a great player, but you have to be careful what you say.‘He knows what these situations well, but it’s not only him. A lot of people speak a lot of bulls*** and it’s always the same.’MORE: Sheffield United 1-0 Arsenal: Lys Mousset strikes from close-range to down Gunners Comment After the match, the odds that the Gunners’ head coach Unai Emery will end up getting the sack were slashed from 23/1 to 8/1.On the subject of his team’s loss, Emery said: ‘Yes, we’re very disappointed with that result.’He added: ‘There is the result, and secondly is how we managed the 90 minutes in the match. Really I think we created more chances than them, the better chances, but tonight we didn’t achieve the efficiency to win that match.‘We conceded more corners to them than we wanted, and from one they scored. Also, when they are pushing and they are taking a lot of corners, they can do that.‘We created more corners, 12 [compared to] seven or eight for them, and also we had the chances and had a very clear penalty to Sokratis.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘In the second half it was not easy to get chances, I think we controlled the ball more with possession because they conceded metres on the pitch and we had chances to score, but we didn’t achieve that goal to draw and the try to win.‘I think we deserved more, I don’t think we deserved to lose that match but also I appreciate their work and they are here with their supporters and with that result, they felt strong to achieve that result. But we worked, but I can say for our players their attitude was good, they tried and I think we deserved more.’ Advertisement The latest odds on which Premier League managers could get sacked after THAT Arsenal vs Sheffield United game Odds on which Premier League managers could get sacked According to Betfair Exchange, the odds on the next EPL manager to leave are:Marco Silva – 12/5Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – 12/5Mauricio Pochettino – 16/5Ralph Hasenhuttl – 6/1Unai Emery – 8/1Steve Bruce – 11/1Quique Sanchez Flores – 14/1Dean Smith – 14/1center_img Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.After, Arsenal’s defeat, former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra slammed the Gunners, calling them ‘my babies’.Evra told Sky Sports: ‘Sheffield United deserved the win, but I’m not surprised about Arsenal. I said before the game that they had to make sure they didn’t fall into the trap.‘I used to call them ‘my babies’ 10 years ago, and they are still when I look at them and think they are ‘my babies’ and that’s the truth – I’m not being disrespectful when I say that.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘They look pretty, but they don’t look like a winning team. They like playing good football, but I was so happy to play against them, because I knew I was going to win. Advertisement Aidan MilanTuesday 22 Oct 2019 1:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal Head Coach Unai Emery before the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Arsenal FC (Picture: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal had the chance to get back in third place in the Premier League on Monday night, but instead, the Gunners lost 1-0 against Sheffield United.In what proved to be the only goal of the game, Lys Mousset struck from close-range on the half-hour mark.Ian Wright has since hit out at head coach Unai Emery’s decision to drop Dani Ceballos to the bench, telling Premier League Productions: ‘I think he’s got to come here and Ceballos has to play. He’s played the youngsters and I’m pleased to see them in there, with Saka.‘But Saka, for an 18-year-old, if you’re leaving Ozil totally out of the squad, then we have to see more from him [Saka], we have to see more from Joe.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Unfortunately, it was a game where it passed them both by and then it comes down to the manager and his choices.’last_img read more

Casey looks to emulate Rose

first_imgPaul Casey has set his sights on following in the footsteps of US Open champion Justin Rose after putting years of injury woes behind him with a dramatic victory in the Irish Open. Press Association A closing 67 – four shots better than anyone in the last 12 groups – gave the 35-year-old a total of 14 under par, three clear of playing partner Robert Rock (71) and overnight leader Joost Luiten, who had been looking for his second win in three events but could only manage a 74. “Psychologically this is huge,” said Casey Casey will now turn his attentions to trying to win the Scottish Open to qualify for the Open Championship at Muirfield, with Rose’s recent US Open triumph a massive inspiration. “That really lit the fire,” added Casey. “Justin’s victory was phenomenal and I was so proud of what he did and how he handled himself.” center_img He added: “It’s well documented how he struggled at the beginning of his career and I have seen the work he has put in to become one of the best players in the world. I have been there before and I desperately want to be in control of my game and winning championships again. “I was ready back in 2009 when I was playing some phenomenal golf and I’m really ready now for everything that happens after a major victory. That’s the goal.” Casey was ranked third in the world in 2009 but began the week 169th after form and fitness problems, most notably after suffering a broken collarbone while snowboarding in late 2011. He also went through a painful divorce around the same time and admitted he feared that he would never rediscover the form which brought him three consecutive Ryder Cup appearances – the first two of them record wins at Oakland Hills and the K Club – from 2004. “It’s difficult to pinpoint a moment but there was a period where I really struggled with getting the shoulder back where I wanted it and I probably came back too early because the swing changed trying to protect the shoulder,” added Casey, whose win takes him back into the world’s top 100. last_img read more