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  • Supermarket sales rise in July – Nielsen

    Supermarket sales rise in July – Nielsen

    According to latest figures from Nielsen, supermarket sales rose 0.4% in the four weeks to 18 July, compared with the same period last year. Sales volumes were up 0.2% in the period, the eighth consecutive monthly year-on-year rise. Nielsen’s UK head of retailer and business insight Mike Watkins said: “The positive figures were driven by the early [...]

    📅July 31, 2015

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  • Consumer Confidence Index slips in July

    Consumer Confidence Index slips in July

    GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index decreased three points to 4 in July, with three of the five measures used to calculate the Index falling during the month. Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK, said: “Concerns about the general economic situation in the UK for the next 12 months appear to be weighing heavily on consumers’ [...]

    📅July 31, 2015

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  • Mixed weather boosting sales of winter foods – Waitrose

    Mixed weather boosting sales of winter foods – Waitrose

    Waitrose said disappointing weather at the start of the school summer holidays saw customers choosing "warming" food options usually more popular in the winter months. The retailer said provisional divisional sales (excl fuel) in the week ending 25th July were up 0.6% on the previous year, which was one of the two hottest weeks of 2014. Sales [...]

    📅July 31, 2015

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  • Self-service checkouts: Tesco introduces ‘friendlier and more helpful’ voice

    Self-service checkouts: Tesco introduces ‘friendlier and more helpful’ voice

    Tesco has announced that it is introducing a new audio voice to its self-service and scan as you shop checkouts, with the ‘unexpected item in the bagging area’ alert also becoming a thing of the past. Following feedback from customers which described the previous voice as ‘shouty’, ‘irritating’ and putting them under pressure, the retailer said [...]

    📅July 30, 2015

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  • Food stores drive rise in store numbers – BRC

    Food stores drive rise in store numbers – BRC

    According to latest figures from the BRC-Bond Dickinson Retail Employment Monitor, the second quarter of 2015 saw a 1.9% increase in store numbers, driven by small–format convenience stores catering for the shift in consumer shopping habits. Food retailers cut back on the number of hours worked for the 19th consecutive period, while the number of full-time [...]

    📅July 30, 2015

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  • ACS urges LPC to consider impact of Living Wage

    ACS urges LPC to consider impact of Living Wage

    The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has urged the Low Pay Commission (LPC) to fully consider the impact of the national living wage on local shops, following the launch of a consultation on the issue. Running until September 25th, the LPC consultation is seeking views on the future rate of the National Minimum Wage and the [...]

    📅July 30, 2015

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  • Tesco announces summer ‘Clubcard Boost’ promotion

    Tesco announces summer ‘Clubcard Boost’ promotion

    Tesco has announced that its Clubcard Boost promotion is returning in August, with every single product on Tesco Direct eligible for the offer. Running from 3rd August to 13th September, the Clubcard Boost event lets customers exchange £5 worth of Clubcard Vouchers for a £10 'Boost token'. Tesco Clubcard director Danielle Papagapiou, said: "We’ve listened to our [...]

    📅July 30, 2015

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  • Lloyds Pharmacy to buy Sainsbury’s pharmacies for £125m

    Lloyds Pharmacy to buy Sainsbury’s pharmacies for £125m

    Owner of Lloyds Pharmacy, Celesio, has announced that it is to buy Sainsbury’s pharmacy business for £125m. Under the terms of the deal, Lloyds Pharmacy will acquire 281 pharmacies in total, including 277 in-store pharmacies and four located in hospitals, all of which will be rebranded as Lloyds Pharmacy. Sainsbury’s will receive commercial annual rent payments from [...]

    📅July 29, 2015

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  • Blakemore Fine Foods launches online ordering system

    Blakemore Fine Foods launches online ordering system

    Blakemore Fine Foods has announced the launch of a new online ordering system to simplify and improve its service to customers. The company said the new site lets customers view and order from the entire Blakemore Fine Foods ‘Best of British’ food and drink range, with more than 3,500 product lines. Blakemore Fine Foods commercial director Caoire Blakemore [...]

    📅July 29, 2015

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  • GroceryAid spends record £4m on welfare support

    GroceryAid spends record £4m on welfare support

    GroceryAid, the charity for the grocery industry, has announced a record-breaking £4,549,787 fundraising total for 2014/15. The charity said that during the past twelve months it has helped more than 4,450 people through its helpline and spent a record £3,957,787 on welfare support. Financial assistance can include an annual grant, emergency payments to assist during a difficult [...]

    📅July 29, 2015

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