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  • Fickle shoppers are turning to c-stores

    Fickle shoppers are turning to c-stores

    Convenience stores continue to benefit from shifting consumer habits in today’s post-recessionary landscape, even though many shoppers say they are taking a more planned approach when deciding where to buy their groceries, reports today's Independent Retail News. A new study from market research firm Shoppercentric found nearly 40% of shoppers had bought groceries in a c-store in the [...]

    📅February 5, 2016

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  • NFRN fury at Mail cut to margins

    NFRN fury at Mail cut to margins

    The National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) is calling for an urgent meeting with the Daily Mail after the percentage margin for retailers was slashed following a recent 5p increase in the newspapers’ cover price, reports today's Independent Retail News. The Monday-to-Friday editions of the Daily Mail and Scottish Daily Mail increased in price to 65p [...]

    📅February 5, 2016

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  • ‘Get ready now for polymer banknotes’

    ‘Get ready now for polymer banknotes’

    Retailers are being urged to start preparing now for the introduction of new polymer banknotes from September. The Bank of England will be replacing traditional paper notes with polymer over the next few years, as the new material is said to be cleaner, more durable and more secure. It also has added security features designed to [...]

    📅February 5, 2016

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  • Co-op acquires 15 Budgens stores

    Co-op acquires 15 Budgens stores

    The Co-operative Food has announced that it has purchased 15 convenience stores from Booker for an undisclosed sum. Located mainly in London and the south east, the stores are currently trading as Budgens. The Co-operative Food chief executive – retail Steve Murrells, said: “Co-op Food continues to go from strength to strength, with a clear strategy that [...]

    📅February 5, 2016

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  • Demand at easyFoodstore forces shop closure

    Demand at easyFoodstore forces shop closure

    Shopper demand has forced the closure of easyFoodstore, easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou's latest venture, two days after the discount food store opened. As part of an introductory offer, the pilot store was offering items for 25p in February, from a list that includes curry, pizza, pasta, biscuits and rice. However, the store has been forced [...]

    📅February 4, 2016

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  • 3.1% pay increase for Tesco store staff

    3.1% pay increase for Tesco store staff

    Tesco said shop staff are set to receive a pay increase of up to 3.1%, with its hourly rate of pay rising in July to £7.62 per hour for long-term workers. The retailer said the two year deal also included a "simpler and fairer" approach to bonuses, adding that any workers negatively affected by the changes [...]

    📅February 4, 2016

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  • Crisp sales overtaken by potato-based snacks – Mintel

    Crisp sales overtaken by potato-based snacks – Mintel

    According to new research from Mintel, sales of potato-based and other snacks, such as tortilla chips and popped chips, overtook sales of potato crisps in 2015. The data showed that sales of potato crisps were estimated to have declined to £1.34bn in 2015, while sales of potato-based and other snacks hit £1.39bn. Mintel said its research showed [...]

    📅February 4, 2016

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  • Co-op announces three senior appointments to boost growth

    Co-op announces three senior appointments to boost growth

    The Co-operative Food has announced the appointment of three lead regional acquisitions managers to support its growth, including plans to open 100 new stores in 2016. James Harrison, David McQuaker and Simon Finlay will join the Co-op’s 20-strong acquisitions team, with Harrison covering central England, McQuaker leading on Scotland and the north of England and Finlay [...]

    📅February 4, 2016

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  • Independents welcome sentencing guidelines

    Independents welcome sentencing guidelines

    Independent stores have welcomed new sentencing guidelines recommending tougher sentences for criminals who commit violent robberies in stores. The Sentencing Council’s guidelines urge courts in England and Wales to take into account both physical injuries and the psychological harm done to victims of violent robberies. The worst offenders could face jail terms of 12 to 20 [...]

    📅February 3, 2016

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  • CBL Drinks appoints new chief executive

    CBL Drinks appoints new chief executive

    CBL Drinks Ltd, a subsidiary of the Clearly Drinks Group, has announced the appointment of Finn O’Driscoll, former managing director of SHS Group Drinks Division as its new chief executive. His experience spans 20 years in the UK drinks sector at Griersons Blumenthal, Matthew Clark, Constellation Brands and SHS Drinks across a range of commercial, international, [...]

    📅February 3, 2016

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