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  • Food prices edge up in April – BRC

    Food prices edge up in April – BRC

    According to latest figures from the BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index for April, food returned to inflationary territory in April, up 0.1% compared with the 0.4% decline in the previous two months. Overall shop prices reported deflation of 1.7% in April, unchanged from the decline seen in March. British Retail Consortium (BRC) chief executive Helen Dickinson said: "Food [...]

    📅May 6, 2016

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  • Blakemore Trade Partners announces record store recruitment

    Blakemore Trade Partners announces record store recruitment

    Blakemore Trade Partners has announced record recruitment figures in 2015/16, with net growth of 140 stores. The company said it welcomed more than 200 new stores to its Spar estate during the year to April 2016, compared to 89 recruited in 2014/15. Blakemore Trade Partners development director Louis Drake said: “These excellent results are testament to the [...]

    📅May 6, 2016

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  • New Day paper to close

    New Day paper to close

    New Day, the Trinity Mirror daily newspaper launched in February, has announced it is to close, just nine weeks after its launch. The New Day was available for free on its first day, before a two-week trial price of 25p was introduced – rising to 50p after that. It said poor sales meant tomorrow's edition would [...]

    📅May 5, 2016

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  • Spar announces Holland & Barrett partnership

    Spar announces Holland & Barrett partnership

    Spar has announced a new partnership with Holland & Barrett, which will see a range of the health retailer's skincare, vitamin, mineral and food supplements available in Spar stores. Following a successful trial in three stores in Northern Ireland, the initiative is being rolled out to a further ten Spar stores in the wider area. Spar UK [...]

    📅May 5, 2016

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  • Bestway joins SGF

    Bestway joins SGF

    The Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) has announced that independent food wholesale group Bestway has become a member of the Federation. Bestway owns 63 Bestway and Batleys branches and also operates the Best-One symbol group. SGF chief executive Pete Cheema said: "This is a major step forward for the independent convenience store sector in Scotland and for SGF. [...]

    📅May 5, 2016

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  • Sainsbury’s convenience business grows despite supermarket sales fall

    Sainsbury’s convenience business grows despite supermarket sales fall

    Sainsbury's has posted a 1.1% fall in sales to £25.8bn in the 52 weeks to 12 March, in what the retailer described as a competitive, deflationary environment. However, its convenience business saw growth of more than 9%, with 69 Sainsbury’s Local convenience stores opening in the period. Latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel released today revealed that Sainsbury’s was [...]

    📅May 4, 2016

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  • Supermarket growth slows as prices fall

    Supermarket growth slows as prices fall

    According to latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, symbol group and independent grocery sales in the 12 weeks to 24 April were down 5.6% on last year, while supermarket sales slowed to a 0.2% rate of growth in the period. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: "Consumers are enjoying a golden [...]

    📅May 4, 2016

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  • Spar’s ‘Shop & Win’ campaign returns

    Spar’s ‘Shop & Win’ campaign returns

    Spar has announced that its ‘Shop & Win’ mobile promotional campaign is returning this week, offering daily prizes and money off vouchers. The symbol group said the latest promotion will have three phases - the first runs from 5 May-13 July offering shoppers the chance to win an iPad Mini each day along with a Sony [...]

    📅May 4, 2016

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  • Great customer service is key to success

    Great customer service is key to success

    The secret to a successful c-store starts with great customer service that creates a genuine connection with shoppers. That was the message from sector heavyweights speaking at the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) summit. Chris Gheysens, chief executive at 723-strong US convenience chain Wawa, said the interaction between staff and customers was crucial. “You have two [...]

    📅May 3, 2016

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  • Health fears to impact c-stores

    Health fears to impact c-stores

    Increasing concerns about obesity and unhealthy foods present a huge threat but also an opportunity to the UK convenience sector, independent retailers have been told. Speaking at the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) annual summit in Birmingham last week, chief executive James Lowman said: “What really worries me is how these health debates play out at [...]

    📅May 3, 2016

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