Retailing Crisis

Retailers, including Lidl, have played a big role in boosting the UK job market

Retailers help boost UK job market

By Laurence Gibbons

There were more jobs gained than lost in the UK food and drink sector – taking into consideration manufacturing, distribution, packaging and retail – over the last six months, can exclusively reveal.

Understanding the neuroscience of shopping could boost food and drink sales

Neuroscience could boost food sales

By Nicholas Robinson

Food businesses need to tap into neuroscience and understand how consumers make fast and unconscious decisions, if they are to improve their sales, says a marketing expert.

Severnside's Frijj line has benefitted from a £14M investment to double its output

Dairy Crest reveals its investment plans

By Nicholas Robinson

Capital investment is sexy and Dairy Crest has just come to the end of a four-year investment plan, which saw £75M spent across the company’s dairy operations.

Strong food sales helped to offset the fall in general merchandise sales and the retailer's 'dot com fiasco', said analysts

Marks & Spencer’s food sales up - again

By Michael Stones

Marks & Spencer’s food sales rose by 4.2% in the first quarter of its financial year ending June 28, continuing to buck the trend of falling general merchandise sales, despite online problems.

Is the adjudicator Christine Tacon doing enough to stop supermarkets abusing their power? Take part in our survey to find out

Supermarket abuse needs more action

By Rick Pendrous

Suppliers remain unconvinced that the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon is doing enough to stop the big supermarkets abusing their power.

Supermarket suppliers reported falling victim to the price war between Britain's biggest retailers

Supermarket price war biggest problem for industry

By Rick Pendrous

Price wars between the major multiples are causing bigger problems for food and drink suppliers than anything they have experienced for many years, as the big four supermarkets battle it out with each other.

More than 2,000 people were expected to be made redundant originally

Asda announces 1,360 redundancies

By Nicholas Robinson

Asda’s 1,360 redundancies will help it adapt to the intense changes faced by UK retailers, ceo Andy Clarke claims, and follows a similar announcement made by Morrisons last month to cut 2,600 jobs.

Tacon: Unless suppliers support me, I will go

Retailer watchdog will go without supplier support

By Rick Pendrous

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has criticised food and drink suppliers for failing to complain about supermarket abuses of power, warning her office was threatened unless they were more forthcoming.

The discounters are likely to face increased costs: Rick Pendrous

Discounters' costs will increase as they grow

By Rick Pendrous

News that supermarket chain Sainsbury had entered into a £25M joint venture (jv) with Dansk Supermarked to establish 15 Netto stores across the UK was further evidence that the major multiples recognised they needed to do more to address the inexorable...

Morrisons has announced 2,600 store management job losses

Morrisons' job losses unlikely to be last in sector

By Rick Pendrous

Bad news continues to dog supermarket chain Morrisons, with the announcement last month that 2,600 store managers were likely to lose their jobs as part of a review of its retail operations.

Discounters such as Aldi look set to capture 11% of the grocery market by 2019, says IGD

Discount retailers to get stronger, says IGD

By Rod Addy

Discounters such as Aldi and Lidl are set to double their sales in the next five years, accounting for £1 in every £9 spent by 2019, according to grocery think tank IGD.

This year's Consumer Goods Forum summit was held in the Carrousel de Louvre, adjacent to Paris' iconic gallery


Grocery industry faces upheaval – CGF Global Summit

By Rod Addy

The grocery industry faces massive change and top retailers and suppliers met at the 58th Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF’s) Global Summit in Paris to debate the issues and gain future inspiration.