The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) has welcomed a new clampdown on shoplifters announced in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.
Morrisons has reported that total sales in the 13 weeks to 5 May were up by 0.6% excluding fuel (down 0.3% including fuel) and like-for-like sales were down 1.8% (2.6% including fuel).
Booker is to launch a new discount format to sit alongside its Premier symbol group.
Tobacco company JTI has “noted” the absence of proposed legislation to introduce plain packaging in the Queen’s Speech during this Parliamentary session.
The Coalition government has taken a “very commonsense step” in dropping potential plans for both the minimum pricing of alcohol and plain packaging for tobacco products, according to the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF).
Waitrose has announced the launch of its Good to Go Avocado with Honey and Mustard Dressing.
Tesco has announced that its customers have bought 20 million more speciality breads and rolls than they did last year – a rise of 50%.
Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) has announced that it is joining forces with Musgrave Retail Partners GB to launch its first retail programme in the UK.
April figures from the BRC-KPMG Retail sales Monitor have shown UK retail sales values were down 2.2% on a like-for-like basis from April 2012, when they had declined 3.3% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were down 0.6%, against a 1.0% decline in April 2012.