Retail and consumer goods industry news

19 November 2013
It has been reported Waitrose has extended its deal with Welcome Break for a further ten years.  Franchise extended  Waitrose, who currently have 19 stores trading as part of Welcome Break service stations has extended its franchise partnership for another ten years. The retailer, who first partnered with the service station operator in 2009, will also add another six stores to its network, t...
19 November 2013
Figures filed with Companies House for leading UK regional supermarket operator Booths, show that sales grew by 2% in the year 2012/13 to reach £279m, though like-for-like sales fell by 1%.  Pre-tax profits dipped to £3.7m from £5.9m in the previous year following the implementation of a staff bonus scheme that paid out £1.5m. Boosted by ongoing store development Now operating 29 stores acros...
19 November 2013
Sainsbury's has begun launching its new look basics range, adding new lines and an updated look and feel to existing products. Fun and informative The new look basics range features the same orange and white colour scheme, but adds larger blocks of colour and new straplines to certain products, making sure the new design is fun and informative. The relaunch will also see the introduction of n...
18 November 2013
One Stop has passed the 700 store mark with the opening of a new store in Hertfordshire.  A focus on expansion The convenience retailer owned by Tesco has announced it passed the 700 store mark with the opening of its store in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. One Stop has recently announced the purchase of 33 SPAR stores in the north west of England from Alfred Jones, which are believed to be on tra...
18 November 2013
Loyalty and personalisation are at the forefront of retailers’ strategies in Canada, with a number of new initiatives in this space being announced. Sobeys launches its new mobile app This week Sobeys has launched its mobile app. While this has similar functionality to the apps of grocery retailers globally, such as enabling users to browse recipes, discover weekly and seasonal must-try pr...
18 November 2013
It has been reported that Morrisons online grocery service, set to launch in 2014 will focus on attracting shoppers who are cautious about purchasing fresh produce online. Fresh at the heart of the offer The retailer is due to unveil its Morrisons.com business to investors this week as it prepares to move into the £6.5bn online channel. It is expected the retailer will announce plans to place...
18 November 2013
Carrefour officially opened its first Drive site in Belgium on 15 November, at its hypermarket in Auderghem, Brussels. Ultimate target is 50 sites The site at Auderghem had been under test since June this year. A second Drive site will be launched in Brussels on 21 November, with additional sites following in December.  The ultimate goal, according to spokesperson Vera Vermeelen, is to ...
18 November 2013
After more than 18 months of negotiations both Woolworths and Coles have agreed to sign a new voluntary code of conduct that will oversee the relationship that retailers have with its suppliers. The new code of conduct will have implications for retailers and suppliers The new code will ask retailers to no longer charge suppliers for products stolen from supermarkets, but instead encourage th...
18 November 2013
Majestic Wine has reported sales for the 26 weeks to September 30 are up 3.3% to £130.2 million. Online continues to grow Profits at the group increased by 4.2% to £9.5m, however like-for-like sales at the retailers UK stores were down 0.4%. This decline in LFL sales was driven by a late Easter and the timing of last years Jubilee celebrations. Like-for-like sales for the 17 weeks from 4 June ...
18 November 2013
Walmart reported international sales growth of 0.2% for Q3 last week. We take a closer look at its performance in Latin America. Central America outperforming Mexico Consolidated net sales increased by 2.2%, led by Central America where sales were up 4.8%. In Mexico, sales were up 1.7% over last year, but the economic slowdown affected comparable store sales which were down 2.8%. Walmex's ...