Privacy and Cookies


This Privacy Policy describes the information we may collect from you and why we collect it. Use of this website by you constitutes acceptance by you of this privacy policy. Please note this privacy policy does not cover links to other websites.

1. The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the processing of information relating to you and grants you various rights in relation to your personal data, one of these rights is that an organisation tells you how it will use this personal data.

2. Retail Economics ("we", "us") is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected and that it complies with its obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998.

3. This policy explains how we use the information which we collect about you when you use the services offered by us through our web site ("site").

4. We will collect personal information (such as your name, address, phone, email etc) about you when you register with us and when you subsequently visit the site. We do not collect any personal information about you except when you specifically and knowingly provide such information.

5. The personal information provided by you will be held on a database.

6. We may use the personal information that you provide for the following purposes:
a. to customize the site in line with your preferences
b. to help us understand the way in which users are visiting the site
c. to provide you with an online purchase facility for the ordering of an annual subscription or the purchase of individual reports
d. to tell you about products and services which we think may be of interest to you from time to time

7. You should however be aware that:
a. to protect your privacy we will, wherever practicable, aggregate your personal information so that it is used by us in an anonymized format
b. if we merge with, or are sold to, a third party the personal information data stored in our database may be shared with or transferred to a third party so that they may continue to operate the site. We will take reasonable efforts to inform you of any such changes in advance.
c. if you do not wish us to send you information about other products and services please get in touch with us. Please note that it can take up to 21 days to have your details amended and to cease to receive communications from us.

8. If any of the information that you have provided to us changes, please get in touch with us.

9. By providing your personal details, you consent to the use of your information as set out in this privacy policy and agree to be bound by the terms of this policy.


What is a cookie?

When you visit a website for the first time it is likely that one or more cookies will be sent to your computer by that website. A cookie is a small text file that can be used to assign a unique reference number to your computer. That number only makes sense to – and is only readable by – the domain (usually a website) that served it. When you return to that website on another day from the same computer, the website can read your cookie and, in effect, recognise you.

This simple technology gives websites a memory. It is possible to set your browser to block all cookies, but doing so will make some websites difficult or impossible to use.

What cookies does Retail Economics website use?

This website uses cookies to validate whether you are a subscriber. If you are, you can view the data your company has paid to have access to.

If you have logged in as a subscriber, the cookie stores on your computer, tablet or mobile device the following pieces of essential information:

1. Your email address you used to login with. This is so you can see that you are signed in under your record.

2. The level of access granted, which indicates that you can view information your company has paid to have access to.

If you haven't logged in as a subscriber, a cookie is stored on your computer, tablet or mobile device that tells the website that you cannot view subscriber-only information.

Retail Economics recommends that you don't change your cookie settings, as you will not be able to view any of the pages if you block some or all cookies.

However, if you do decide to change them, you can do this through your browser. Each browser works in a different way, so you'll need to search for 'Cookie Settings' in your browser's help section to find out how to do this.

Are cookies from Retail Economics website absolutely necessary?

The Information Commissioner's Officehas guidance on the use of cookies and The Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendment) Regulations 2011, and they details that there are "Exemptions from the right to refuse a cookie":

The Regulations specify that service providers should not have to provide the information and obtain consent where that device is to be used:
• for the sole purpose of carrying out or facilitating the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network; or
• where such storage or access is strictly necessary to provide an information society service requested by the subscriber or user.

Therefore if you do not accept cookies from this website, you will not be able to view the information your company has subscribed to view.

What about Google Analytics?

This website uses Google Analytics to tell us how people found our site, how they explored it, with the ultimate purpose of using this information to aid development of this website and improve the visitor experience.

Detailed information on how Google Analytics use cookies can be found on:

Where can I read more about cookies?

Visit to access instructions on deleting and controlling cookies.

Questions or concerns

If at any time you have any questions or concerns about our privacy policies or how we use cookies, please get in touch with us.

Last updated: September 2014.