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As Christmas products are starting to hit the shelves, retailers and suppliers are hopeful that despite conditions, shoppers will be looking for little luxuries at the end of the year. We explore six themes for Christmas this year and what retailers are doing to help create an exciting festive season.

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Waitrose's revenue grew 8.3% to £3.4bn in the first half of the year to 25th July 2020, alongside double digit profit growth. However, John Lewis' negative sales and profit performance continue to have a dilutive impact on the Partnership's results. Robust grocery performance Waitrose's like-for-like sales rose 9.6%, whilst the retailer also reported a healthy trading profit improvement of ...
Market growth once again slowed in this reporting period as shoppers continued to return to their pre-Covid behaviours, and many stopped shielding. In the 12 weeks ending 6th September take home grocery sales grew by 10.8%, according to Kantar. This was the fifth month to see double digit growth, however was a slowdown compared to the 14.4% growth seen in the previous reporting period. We l...
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of uncertainties regarding students returning to school in the UK. Parents are equipping their children with new school essentials such as face masks, hand sanitisers and disinfectant wipes to ensure they are safe. With many changes in the way school will be conducted such as no school meals, retailers in the UK are providing inspiration and solutions to he...

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15/09/2020
Kantar market shares are generated using Kantar Worldpanel's till-roll scanning methodology and extrapolated using a sample of 30,000 households. Figures are calculated over a rolling 12 week period and include VAT.
15/09/2020
The latest UK grocery retail appointments
02/09/2020
This report explores how retailers across the globe are offering back-to-school solutions and delivering new and exciting school essentials such as face masks, lunchbox solutions and products to support home schooling.
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