Judy Viitanen and the PRimage team applaud an excellent campaign and initiative from the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) which has been launched this week to encourage members of the public to report any side-effects they experience after taking medicines. If you have side-effects from any medicines you can report them to the MHRA through the “Yellow Card” scheme. You can either pick up a reporting form from your local pharmacist, file a report online, or speak to the pharmacist, who will help guide you through the process.
Archive for February, 2008
PRimage has several clients in the retail sector, so the team try to keep abreast of trends and reports relating to this important sector. We were interested in a new report by the retail analysts Verdict Research which warns that retailers face one of their “toughest ever years” in 2008. It suggests that like-for-like sales, which exclude the impact of new store openings, could fall 0.2% in 2008, – and goes on to predict the decline as being due to “a dangerous cocktail” of slowing consumer spending, intense competition and an excess of new store openings.
As a result, Verdict predicts a rise in the number of retail bankruptcies. It sees the rate of overall consumer spending growth slowing to 2.4% in 2008 from 3.5% last year. At the same time, Verdict says retail space will rise by a further nine million square feet across the UK this year, on top of the additional 49 million square feet opened since 1998.
Judy Viitanen also read a news report earlier this week from the British Retail Consortium, the sector’s main trade body, which showed that like-for-like sales across the industry rose 2.6% in January. That followed after a rise of just 0.3% in December.