Convenience news

22 January 2013
Midlands Co-operative has reported a mixed Christmas trading period with the news of strong sales from its food business tempered by a more subdued performance across its non-food stores that has led to the business announcing the closure of its fashion and home stores. Strong food sales Food sales at the retailer were up 2.2% on a like-for-like basis in the three week period to the 5th Janu...
22 January 2013
SPAR UK has introduced Amazon collection lockers in nine of its stores with further lockers planned for the future. Driving sales through loyalty and increased footfall The decision to put Amazon lockers in its stores makes SPAR one of the first symbol groups to capitalise on consumers' changing shopping habits.  The move follows the announcement last August by Amazon to launch a nationw...
21 January 2013
New CEO Steve Murrells is to launch a new five year strategy to boost the retailer's sales and "get back to basics", and reshuffles his senior team. Five year plan to get the business back in to growth After posting encouraging Christmas results , CEO, Steve Murrells has announced his new plan to improve the shopping trip for customers at the retailer's food stores. Over the last six mont...
21 January 2013
Nisa has reported a 0.7% increase in sales through its central distribution services in the 39 weeks from April to December, lifted by a significant increase in volumes and new members. Sales and volume increase In addition to a strong like-for-like performance, volumes rose by 9.7% over the same period. Finance Director Simon Webster commented "The current trading environment is proving ...
18 January 2013
Migros has reported group turnover growth of +0.7% for 2012 to CHF25.03bn; retail turnover was up 2.3%, to CHF21.35bn, after taking into account the effects of price adjustments. Demonstrating price leadership Following the pattern of recent years, Migros continued to invest heavily in price cuts in 2012. The group’s ten co-operatives implemented cuts equivalent to some CHF204m over the year, ...
18 January 2013
Woolworths has moved to double the discount it offers on fuel, matching a similar offer which Coles currently has in place, but also offering a few extra hidden benefits.  Customers can start saving today Woolworths is doubling its popular fuel discount from 4c off a litre to 8c off a litre. However, in what it claims to be an industry first, it is backdating the savings to customers who...
18 January 2013
Bargain Booze has announced that in the two weeks to 24 December 2012, LFL sales increased 9.5%, while in the six weeks to 31 December, LFL sales increased 3.4%. New marketing campaign The launch of a £1m TV and radio campaign has bolstered Bargain Booze's   festive sales, bringing the chain to the attention of new shoppers. Adam Burnett, marketing director at Bargain Booze, said "Our cre...
16 January 2013
Zabka has announced that it will add a further 400 stores in 2013 as part of its aim to operate 5,000 in the country by the end of 2017, up from 3,000 at the end of 2012. Company to expand organically and through acquisitions To meet its target in 2013, Zabka said it would invest PLN1.5 billion in adding new stores under both the Zabka and Freshmarket brands. Expansion will come about both th...
16 January 2013
Blakemore Trade Partners, the Blakemore division responsible for supporting independent SPAR stores across Wales, the midlands and the south-east, is the latest operation in the SPAR UK network to launch phased promotions across its member stores.  Starting from 17 January, Blakemore will introduce a new phased cycle of promotions that will see a succession of new promotions implemented in each we...
16 January 2013
Major UK wholesaler, Bestway has revealed its financial performance figures for the year to 30 June 2012, with overall group sales surpassing £2.5bn for the first time.  Within that, its key UK wholesaling division saw turnover increase by 5.7% reaching £2.3bn.  Wholesaling profitability was down slightly to £58.2m, impacted by costs for the integration of acquired businesses and the set up of new...