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Published on January 14th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Retailers “negative” about future Brexit effect

More retailers are expecting negative impacts from Brexit over the next five years than those anticipating benefits to business, an IRX (InternetRetailing EXPO) survey reveals.

More than 36% of retailers think that leaving the EU at the end of this month will have mostly negative effects on their business over the next five years. They include 31.9% who are expecting more negative than positive impacts and 4.3% who anticipate strongly negative consequences. However, at the same time more than a quarter think Brexit will either be very beneficial (12.6%) or will bring more positive than negative results (12.8%), while 38.3% think that the balance will be neither positive nor negative.

These findings are the results of a survey of retailers carried out in November and December by IRX, the e-commerce Expo digital marketing event and retail conference. Retailers were asked: “Assuming that the UK’s Withdrawal from the EU goes ahead on 31 January, what is your current view of how this will impact on your business overall in the next 5 years?” 

Stuart Barker (pictured), Portfolio Director for IRX says: “Now we know the UK is definitely withdrawing, retailers are directing their attention towards how to turn this change into an opportunity. Fortunately, the fundamental international nature of e-commerce means that the industry is well placed to thrive in the post Brexit trading environment.”

IRX, incorporating eDX, takes place 1 & 2 April 2020 at the NEC, Birmingham. Under the theme of “Growth and Cross-Border” the conference will provide insights on expanding internationally. Among the sessions are: “Seizing the cross-border opportunity: creating a successful strategy for expanding overseas”; “How local do you go? Creating a truly targeted international offering”; and “The journey to growth: identifying which markets offer the best growth potential.” 

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