Sainsbury's news

14 November 2017
The latest grocery retail market data release from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to November 5th, shows market growth edging up from 3.1% to 3.2%, lifted by a pick up in inflation. It now stands at 3.4%, its highest level for four years and up from 3.2% last month.   Lidl leads the pack For the fifth consecutive period Lidl was the fastest growing food retailer, with sales up 15.1%...
09 November 2017
Sainsbury's has released a mixed set of interim results, with a weakening trend in LFL sales and a drop in profits during the 28 weeks to 23 September 2017. Headline results LFL sales ex-fuel +1.6% with a major slowdown in growth from +2.3% in Q1 to +0.6% in Q2 Underlying profit before tax was down 9%, reflecting costs of price investment, wage cost inflation and consolidation of Argo...
25 October 2017
Sainsbury's will open four new Mini Habitat stores at its stores over the next three weeks as it follows through on its pledge to develop a regional network of touchpoint stores to extend physical access to the homewares specialist. Extending the Habitat store network New Habitat stores within Sainsbury’s supermarkets will open in York (Monk’s Cross), Manchester (Cheadle), Newcastle (Heato...
19 October 2017
Sainsbury's is to reduce its head count by 2,000 in a drive to reduce its cost base by £500m as it grapples with the need to improve price competitiveness and cover increasing labour costs. Head office and stores roles to go The decision means 1,400 HR and payroll administrator roles in stores will be axed, while a further 600 jobs are at risk from a restructuring of its human resources fun...
17 October 2017
The latest grocery retail market data release from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to October 8th, shows a slowdown in market growth to 3.1%. Inflation has held steady at 3.2% implying that volumes have dipped into negative territory at -0.1%. Moving beyond peak inflation? The lack of further upward movement in prices, follows a 0.1% drop in inflation last month, suggesting that price p...
25 September 2017
Sainsbury's is testing a new app that allows customers to pay for items with their phone rather than use a checkout. London trial The new software is currently being trialled at Sainsbury's Local in London's Euston station. Customers buying a £3 'on the go' meal deal can now scan and pay for items with the app, helping to speed up shopping for commuters. If the trial is successful the syste...
29 August 2017
Sainsbury's has announced plans to add click & collect facilities for Argos purchases at 100 of its Local convenience outlets, in the run-up to Christmas.  The decision follows a successful trial of the service in six Sainsbury's Locals. Expands reach of Argos and Tu ranges The collection facility will allow shoppers to make purchases online from both Argos non-food and Tu clothing ranges, ...
22 August 2017
New data from Kantar Worldpanel reveals that Lidl has overtaken Waitrose to become the seventh biggest grocer, as growth in the GB market is lifted by a further increase in inflation. Lidl claims seventh position Lidl's rise reflects the discounter's continuing outperformance against its peers. In this latest 12 week period to August 13th, Lidl was the fastest growing retailer with sales gr...
16 August 2017
The UK's second largest grocer has suspended talks to acquire wholesaler Nisa according to press reports. CMA probe prompts rethink The decision to pause the deal follows last month's publication of the Competition and Markets Authority's provisional findings into Tesco's proposed £3.7bn merger with Booker . These highlighted two key areas of concern. Firstly, the risk of a reduction of c...
15 August 2017
Sainsbury's has launched a trial 30 minute click & collect service using its Chop Chop app. In so doing it becomes the first UK grocer to offer a sub one hour collection option. Extending Chop Chop The trial will operate from the retailer's Pimlico store and enable customers to collect up to 25 items 30 minutes after placing their order. The service is being offered free of charge with cust...