Canada news

18 November 2013
Loyalty and personalisation are at the forefront of retailers’ strategies in Canada, with a number of new initiatives in this space being announced. Sobeys launches its new mobile app This week Sobeys has launched its mobile app. While this has similar functionality to the apps of grocery retailers globally, such as enabling users to browse recipes, discover weekly and seasonal must-try pr...
15 November 2013
Grocery retailers globally continue to channel investment into the development of their fresh food offers. With the goal of driving stronger traffic, improving the store experience, and providing shoppers with inspiration, store formats and concepts are being developed which bring this to life. As a recognised strength for North American retailers, our latest insight presentation, Seven prin...
14 November 2013
Walmart’s Q3 results reveal continued weakness in its core US stores with total sales up 2.4%, and comp store sales, a key benchmark indicator, down 0.3%, in line with the previous quarter. Total and comp store sales at Sam’s Club were up 1.1%, while internationally, sales growth remains tough, up 0.2% in the quarter. However, all business units grew operating income ahead of sales. Tota...
13 November 2013
Metro Canada’s fourth quarter sales decreased by 1.1%, with same-store sales down 0.8%. Adjusted net earnings over the period increased by 0.2%. For the full year, total sales fell by 0.4% to $11,403m, with adjusted net earnings from continuing operations up 3.9% to $478.4m (based on a 52-week comparison). Competition intensifies as space growth exceeds market growth Metro’s fourth quar...
13 November 2013
Loblaw’s third quarter retail sales increased by 1.5% to $9.8bn, with same-store sales growth of 0.4%. Adjusted net earnings declined by 3.5% over the period to $220m. Investing in food categories impacts earnings growth These results represent Loblaw’s third straight quarter of same-store sales growth, delivered in what is becoming an increasingly competitive environment. During the quart...
13 November 2013
Shoppers Drug Mart’s third quarter sales increased by 2.4% to $3.3bn, with same-store sales up 2.2%. Promotional investments driving up basket size This is another solid set of results from Shoppers Drug Mart, particularly given that it was expected to be impacted by Target’s market entry. The retailer appears to be unaffected by the initial Target store openings given the increase in pha...
08 November 2013
Loblaw has been named as the official grocery retailer and premier partner of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Opportunity to leverage the event for in-store initiatives This is a major event within the Americas, held every four years in the year before the summer Olympic Games. Loblaw will be providing fresh and nutritious food choices for almost 7,500 athletes and 20,000 voluntee...
06 November 2013
Whole Foods Market’s total sales in the fourth quarter increased by 2.2% to $3.0bn (12 week period this year versus 13 week period in 2012), with comparable store sales up 5.9%. For the full year, the retailer’s total sales increased by 10.4% to $12.9bn, with comparable store sales up 6.9%. Slowest comp sales growth since Q1 2010 The story of the quarter is the marked slowdown in Whole Fo...
31 October 2013
Sobeys has launched a new range of products under the ‘Compliments Presents: Jamie Oliver Discovers Canada’ private label as part of its partnership with the leading chef. Focusing on ready-to-cook to encourage Canadians to eat better This new range had been developed specifically for the holiday season and includes bakery, meat, seafood and deli items. With an emphasis on ready-to-cook prod...
31 October 2013
Amazon Canada has expanded its range of products to include more than 15,000 packaged grocery items. The online specialist has also added 200,000 auto parts to its offer in the country. Broad range of categories and brands offers The launch of this expanded grocery range builds on a number of new categories which Amazon has added in Canada this year including beauty, household products and t...