Retail and consumer goods industry news

22 July 2013
Asda is anticipating 75% of its shoppers to engage in multichannel shopping this Christmas, compared with 57% over the Christmas period in 2012 and 29% in 2011. Multichannel offer will be critical With so many of its customers shopping across bricks and clicks over the festive period, Asda believes that getting its multichannel offer right will be vital to its seasonal success, repor...
22 July 2013
Bharti Retail, Walmart's local partner in India, has returned 17 properties intended to become Easyday stores, India's Economic Times reports. Speculation over the future direction of Bharti Retail and Walmart's partnership Bharti Retail, part of telecommunications-focused business Bharti Enterprise, signed a joint venture agreement with Walmart in 2007. Together they operate BestPrice ...
22 July 2013
In separate developments, Netherlands-based Albert Heijn has that it has made steps forward in relation to extending the reach of its Pick Up solution and through the broadening of its fresh offer. Franchisee opens Pick Up Point The retailer said that one of its franchisees, in the town of Panningen, had added a Pick Up Point at his store, which is open between 7.00 and 23.00, and lockers ne...
22 July 2013
Netherlands-based Sligro, part of the Superunie buying group, has said that during the first half of its financial year, ending June 2013, that total sales rose by 1.5% to €1.23 billion, driven by its shopper-focused chain EMTÉ. EMTÉ driving growth Sligro said that total sales growth for the first six months had been driven by the performance at its EMTÉ supermarket chain, where like-for-li...
20 July 2013
IGD has launched a new look Retail Analysis service, which is easier to use and adds new functionality and benefits. You'll notice new features across the site - but here are our three favourites. 1. A new, insight-rich home page You've probably seen this one already. We've brought together more of our news onto our homepage, and added in more information about our latest, must-see insig...
19 July 2013
Mexican retail group Controladora Comercial Mexicana (CCM) has reported second quarter sales up 1.7%, alongside an operating profit increase of 3.8%, reflecting a slight contraction in consumption. Same store sales fell in Q2 Same store sales were down 0.4% for the quarter, however CCM said this was positive compared to figures released by the trade body ANTAD, of -1.7% growth in the foo...
19 July 2013
Dominique Locher has been confirmed as the new chief executive of Migros' online operation LeShop.ch, and will be joined by Sacha Herrmann as chief operating officer. Appointments effective from October Dominique Locher takes over from Christian Wanner, whose departure was announced in June . Currently marketing and sales director, he has been at  LeShop.ch for the past 13 years. Sacha H...
18 July 2013
Carrefour has reported sales growth of 1.3% to €20.5bn for the second quarter of 2013. The key number is French hypermarket sales, which were up 1.2% excluding fuel and calendar impact on an organic basis, the group's measure for LFL sales plus net openings. This signals an ongoing improved performance at the group's strategically and symbolically important domestic business. Signs of impr...
18 July 2013
It has been announced that Andy King, previously head of Nottcutts, has been recruited as the new managing director of Tesco's garden centre subsidiary, Dobbies, and will take up this role in September. Dobbies entering a new phase of development Since being acquired by Tesco in 2007 Dobbies has continued largely as a standalone business. Though expansion has continued, with as many as sev...
18 July 2013
The latest news from China Resources Enterprise and Yonghui, two of China's leading domestic retailers. CRE's Suguo on track with store openings Suguo, one of China Resources Enterprise's leading fascias, is on track with store expansion, Chinese press reports. The retailer opened 70 new stores in the first half, reaching a total of 1,400 stores operating under the banner. A further 10...