Independent retailers served by News UK’s Direct to Retail Operation inside the M25 are reeling following the news of a very unwelcome 1.75% carriage charge increase that will take effect from Monday February 3rd 2020.

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “There is already clear evidence of retailers departing the category and this latest – and very unwelcome – carriage charge increase will only exacerbate this situation, but somehow News UK is happy to turn a blind eye to the effect it is going to have.”

He went on: “It is ludicrous this dual distribution in London continues. Besides further deepening the hole in our members’ pockets, News UK is doing nothing to address its so called responsibilities around the ozone layer.”

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