Waitrose & Partners news

13 February 2013
.style1 { border-width: 0px; } Waitrose has announced it intends to double its estate of inner London convenience stores over the next year. 10 openings targeted The move will involve the opening of 10 stores during 2013 and represents the largest numbers of stores the business has ever opened in inner London in a year. Waitrose also intends to open 10 supermarkets this year. Locati...
12 February 2013
With 2013 lacking the wealth of event opportunities offered last year by the Olympics, Euro 2012 and Diamond Jubilee, retailers are looking to make full use of the year's seasonal events, with Valentine's Day and Shrove Tuesday being developed to drive shopper enthusiasm for these celebrations. Home dining for Valentine's Day Valentine's Day presents a clear opportunity to promote luxury 'dine ...
01 February 2013
Waitrose has announced Jackie Wharton as the new convenience director, replacing Diana Hunter. 15 years experience at Waitrose Following the announcement of Diana Hunter leaving to take up the role of chief executive of Bargain Booze, Waitrose has today announced  Jackie Wharton as its new convenience director.  Wharton has worked at Waitrose for 15 years, most recently as director of c...
17 January 2013
New market data from Nielsen confirms solid Christmas trading in the UK and highlights advertising expenditure as a key driver of performance. Solid Christmas trading According to the new data, year-on-year value growth for the sector was 3.7% for the four weeks ending 5 January, a marked pick-up on the 1.3% growth recorded for the previous four period. The best performers for the period were ...
17 January 2013
With all major retailers now having reported, what have we learned about the state of the grocery market in 2012? Discounters triumph Discounters were the clear winners delivering their best ever Christmas performance. Key to their success were investments in premium, fresh and festive ranges which gave them new relevance to Christmas shoppers.  Aldi in particular stood out, with sales ...
15 January 2013
Kantar has issued a special six-week Christmas release of its Worldpanel market share data.  Offering specific detail on relative performances in the grocery sector in the key festive trading period, this provides a useful counterpoint to corporate statements.  The figures issued for the period to 6th January 2013 shows market growth accelerated  modestly to 3.8%, though the fortunes of retailers...
03 January 2013
Waitrose has released very strong Christmas and New Year trading figures, driven by significant uplifts in volumes and customer numbers. Impressive Christmas trading Total branch sales for the period from Sunday November 4th to Christmas Eve (7 weeks and 2 days) were 7.7% higher (excluding petrol) and like-for-like sales were up by 4.3% on a year ago. Uplifts in volumes and customer numbers ...
03 January 2013
With the festive season now behind us retailers are keen to move the agenda on for the New Year with a raft of activity centring on healthy eating ranges. Sainsbury's: highlighting value and fresh credentials Sainsbury's brings together value and healthy eating with its "5 a day the basics way" initiative in which it highlights low cost healthy products from its entry level own brand ...