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Supermarket Sector Suffers First Sales Decline In Three Years

The supermarket sector has recorded its first overall decline in sales since June 2016 after struggling to match last year’s record trading that was driven by hot weather and the football World Cup. However, whilst all the Big Four supermarkets (more…)

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FRANCE: Leclerc To Be Fined Over “Abusive Commercial Practices”

The E.Leclerc group is facing a fine from the French Ministry of the Economy, which said the retailer was guilty of “abusive commercial practices” related to three purchasing groups. The decision follows a probe by the Directorate General of Competition, (more…)

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N. AMERICA: Bayer Sells Off Dr. Scholl’s Brand

Bayer has announced a deal to sell the Dr. Scholl’s footcare brand to private investment firm Yellow Wood Partners, in a deal worth $585m. Dr. Scholl’s generated $234m in sales last year, mostly in North America.  The deal gives Yellow (more…)

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GERMANY: Tegut In Packaging-Free Trial

The Tegut supermarket chain has launched a trial that will see it offer dozens of organic food items without any packaging. The trial, which is ongoing at the store in Kaiserwiesen in Fulda, sees around 144 items being sold loose.  (more…)

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AUSTRALIA: Bunnings To Go Online Earlier Than Planned

Wesfarmers has revealed that the planned online offer for its Bunnings chain is expected to become operational considerably ahead of schedule. In March this year, Wesfarmers said it planned to open a Bunnings online shop in Australia within 18 months. (more…)

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AUSTRALIA: Coles Offers Homewares In New Product Push

The Coles Group continues to work on revamping its product offer in its fight against rivals Woolworths and Aldi, with the latest move seeing it introduce a limited-edition homewares range. The new ‘Your Home Collection’ features 101 items ranging from (more…)

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US: Kroger Goes Full Robot To Take On Amazon

Kroger’s partnership with British tech wizard Ocado will bring much-needed expertise to its online efforts. Read the full article on the Bloomberg News website (more…)

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Tesco Raising Prices Due To Higher Costs

Tesco has increased the prices on more than one thousand grocery products in its stores over the past two weeks, with the chain blaming “cost pressures”. According to an internal document seen by Press Association, the cost of the lines (more…)

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Sainsbury’s Launches Pizza Delivery Service

Sainsbury’s is hoping to grab a slice of the fast-growing food delivery market by teaming up with Deliveroo to bring freshly baked pizzas straight from its in-store food counters to customers’ homes. The service has launched today in five of (more…)

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Iceland Brings Back Plastic Packaging

Iceland has started using plastic packaging again across its bananas after a failed trial, with its Managing Director admitting the chain still has a “mountain to climb” to achieve its pledge of eliminating plastic packaging from all of its own (more…)

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Online Retail Sales Bounce Back With Strongest Growth This Year

Better weather and the start of the sale season helped lift online retail sales last month following a subdued period for the channel. According to the latest IMRG Capgemini eRetail Sales Index, online sales rose by 8.5% in June, recovering (more…)

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Red Bull Launches Ecommerce Guide For Wholesalers

Red Bull is launching a series of guides aimed at helping companies in the wholesale sector improve their online presence and ecommerce offering. The energy drink brand told trade publication Better Wholesaling that its ‘Wholesale Excellence’ guide is a step (more…)

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M&S Hires McDonald’s HR Chief To Support Culture Overhaul

Marks & Spencer has recruited Harriet Hounsell as its new Human Resources Director to support its ongoing ‘transformation programme’. The current Chief People Officer at fast food company McDonald’s will join the retailer in October, replacing David Guise who announced (more…)

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Tesco Introduces F1 Technology To In-Store Fridges

Tesco has hired UK technology company Aerofoil Energy to improve the performance of refrigeration cabinets in its stores via the application of Formula One-derived aerodynamics. As well as installing the Aerofoils in their supermarkets throughout the UK and Ireland, Tesco (more…)

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Consumer Confidence Remains Flat Amid Economic Uncertainty

UK consumer confidence was unchanged at -8% in the second quarter of the year, according to the latest Deloitte Consumer Tracker. However, confidence was down by four percentage points, compared to the same period last year. The analysis, based on (more…)

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Rising Costs And Cheaper Supermarket Booze See 40 Pubs Vanish Each Month

Around 40 pubs each month called last orders in the UK over the first half of the year, as cheaper supermarket booze and rising costs continue to heap pressure on pubs. Read the full article on the ITV News website (more…)

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Starbucks Is Going Cold On The Capital

Starbucks’ loss-making UK chain has closed dozens of outlets in London, marking a retreat from a city where it once dominated the coffee shop scene. Read the full article on the This is Money website (more…)

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Mondelēz Unwraps New Cadbury Variants For Christmas

Mondelēz International has announced a raft of new additions to its product offer for Christmas 2019, aimed at driving sales over the season. The new additions include Dairy Milk Little Robins bags, available in two variants – Original (93g), and (more…)

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Pernod Ricard Serves Up Alcohol-Free Dark Spirit

Pernod Ricard continues to expand its offer of low- and no-alcohol drinks, with the launch of an alcohol-free ‘dark spirit’. The new drink, called Celtic Soul, is described as a “non-alcoholic blend of carefully distilled dark spirits”. Celtic Soul is (more…)

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Princes Unveils New Fish Ranges

The Princes brand has launched two new fish ranges, aimed at attracted new audiences to its offer. The Tuna Fillets range features cans (RRP £2) that are with hand-packed pieces of fish in two variants – with olive oil, or (more…)

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