Retailing Crisis

Price war pressure was limiting investor activity

Supermarket price war to sting M&A activity

By Nicholas Robinson

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the food and drink manufacturing sector will be stung by the worsening supermarket price wars, a leading analyst has warned.

UK manufacturers were behind their European counterparts when it came to automation

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Fear of speaking out against supermarkets must stop

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers must speak out against the financial pressures supermarkets place on them if they are ever to invest in automation and improve their margins, an industry boss has urged.

The discounters are less likely to break the code, says Tacon

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Discounters less likely to breach the Groceries Code

By Nicholas Robinson

Discount retailers, such as Aldi and Lidl, are less likely to breach the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) than the big four, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has claimed.

Sainsbury's results represented a watershed not just for the retailer but the whole grocery market, analysts said

Sainsbury results: the reaction

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury’s third consecutive quarter of falling like-for-like sales represents a watershed, not just for the beleaguered retailer but the whole fast-moving UK grocery sector, agreed most City and retail analysts. Here, we capture their verdict, at a...

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Suppliers in the frame with Tesco profits hit

By Rick Pendrous

Tesco’s bombshell announcement last month that it had overinflated its profits by a staggering £250M for the first six months of the year has really put the proverbial cat among the pigeons.

Some of Tesco's behaviour was acceptable, within limits, says Spence

Tesco’s overstatement of profits was ‘acceptable’

By Laurence Gibbons

Tesco’s overstatement of its half-year profits by £250M was an “acceptable” way to deal with the pressure of losing market share to other retailers, according to an accounting expert.

City analysts have predicted troubled times for Tesco

Tesco FCA investigation is ‘another black mark’

By Nicholas Robinson

The Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) investigation into Tesco’s overstated half-year profit guidance is another “black mark” for the retailer, city analysts have said.

Supernarkets with an integrated store and online portfolio have seen sales rise by up to 20% last year

Omni-channel lifts supermarkets’ sales by up to 20%

By Rick Pendrous

Supermarkets that have integrated their store and online sales in a so-called ‘omni-channel’ approach to retailing have seen a sales uplift of 10–20% over the past 12 months, according to a new study released today at the World Retail Congress in Paris.

Aldi bosses Roman Heini (left) and Matthew Barnes (right) celebrate a 65% increase in profits

Aldi’s caviar plan to catch wealthy shoppers

By Nicholas Robinson

Aldi will attack the premium end of the food market by targeting wealthy consumers this Christmas, bosses have said, after announcing a 65% increase in its UK profits to £260.9M.

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