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02 August 2016
Greggs has reported a solid result for the 26 weeks ended 2 July 2016, indicating the success of recent initiatives implemented to drive growth . Sales growth driven by range developments Total sales for H1 came in at £422m, up 6.0% on the previous year, while like-for-like sales in company managed stores delivered 3.8% growth. This was achieved by strengthening the healthy 'Balanced C...
02 August 2016
Tesco's chief customer officer Robin Terrell is to leave the retailer in October after less than two years in charge of marketing and three years at the retailer. Holder of key roles at Tesco Terrell joined Tesco initially as group multichannel director in February 2013 and has held roles in Tesco's grocery home shopping, general merchandise and in Tesco Mobile and was also briefly interim...
01 August 2016
Morrisons has today launched one of its biggest price crunches with an average of 18% being cut from the price of 1,045 every day products – including hundreds of core grocery and dairy items. Price cuts concentrated on fresh produce and meat The activity sees significant cuts across a range of core groceries, including British meat (beef, pork and poultry), seasonal fruit and vegetables a...
01 August 2016
Lidl will begin to trial a new private label baby brand next month under the recently trademarked name Lidl'uns. Can Lidl'uns compete with Aldi's Mamia brand? Lidl will trial the range in four UK regions and the discounter has said it will be rolled out if successful. Fellow discounter Aldi has had huge success with its award-winning private label baby brand, Mamia, which has fuelled vo...
28 July 2016
As lower inflation impacts Loblaw’s second quarter sales growth, we review the steps it is taking to drive volume. Drug retail leads growth Loblaw’s second quarter revenue increased by 1.9% to $10.7bn, supported by growth of 1.7% within its retail operations. Food retail same-store sales growth increased by 0.7% (ex-fuel) with Shoppers Drug Mart same-store sales up 4.0%. This strong gro...
28 July 2016
We visited the UK's latest discount concept at its first store in Hinckley, Leicestershire, to see what they new retail is doing differently to attract shoppers in such a competitive retailer environment. GHM! (Guess How Much!) and sister clothing company PEP&CO are new retail brands by  Pepkor UK , established by ex-Asda CEO Andy Bond, and backed by South African retail group, Pepkor. ...
21 July 2016
Tesco has announced that Jane Lawrie will join its Executive committee as Group Communications director. She will take up the role vacant since Rebecca Shelley left the business six months ago. Highly experienced communications professional Lawrie has over 25 years’ experience of corporate, financial, colleague and digital communications, and will join Tesco from Coca-Cola, where she curren...
18 July 2016
Sainsbury's has announced that it has competed its programme to remove food multi-buys ahead of schedule. Announced back in February and due to be fully implemented by the end of August, the initiative is a key element of Sainsbury's value simplicity programme to establish lower regular prices to meet shopper demand. Positive response from shoppers The ending of multi-buys represents the ...
18 July 2016
Axfood has released its sales results for the first six months of 2016, reporting that consolidated net sales increased by 6.7% to SEK 21,386m (€2.3bn). Net profit also increased by 18.6% to SEK 700m (€73.7m). All formats in growth All retailer formats reported growth, with the strongest performance at Hemköp supermarkets, which grew by 8.3% to SEK 3,108m (€327.3m), driven by a higher...
18 July 2016
In this update, we look at what happened at retailers across the region in the second quarter of 2016, including market entries & investment plans, new store concepts, online & digital, new technology, efficiency drives and legislation affecting retail. MARKET ENTRIES & INVESTMENT PLANS Lidl • Lithuania – The retailer has entered its 27th market, with 15 stores across nine towns and ci...