His decision not to increase duty on spirits for yet another year, however, tells me he has not forgotten his roots or that there are some very influential people arguing the spirits case.

Even as a group of non smokers, we are alarmed by the 11p a packet increase on cigarettes which is great news for illegal traders and potentially puts another pound;1 of profit a carton into their pockets.

With the smoking ban coming in soon, we are worried about what our tobacco business is going to look like by the end of the summer.

Thankfully there’s not much stock left on the Easter display ends, no sign of a last minute rush or need to discount.

It is suggested that the new owner of Burton’s Foods will move more into the snack arena.

Its recent entry in savoury snacks in conjunction with Unilever’s Bertolli brand is a clear sign of its ability and we await further developments with interest.

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