Retailing Crisis

Christmas food and drink sales predicted to boost grocery market by 1.2% (Flickr/Simon Pearson)

Christmas food sales to boost grocery market

By Matt Atherton

The UK grocery market is predicted to grow by 1.2% this Christmas, delivering a “strong result for manufacturers”, claims grocery think-tank IGD.

Amazon has opened a 'queue-free' grocery store in the US

Amazon launches zero checkout store

By James Ridler

Online shopping giant Amazon has opened its first physical grocery store in the US, which allows consumers to pick up their purchases and walk out, without queuing to pay at a checkout.

The chancellor's first Autumn Statement drew a mixed response

Autumn Statement

Autumn Statement gets mixed reception from food and logistics sectors

By Michael Stones

Chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Statement drew a mixed reception from the food and drink manufacturing and logistics sectors, with praise for the doubling of export finance capacity to support trade but questions raised about the rise in the...

Morrisons revives Safeway brand

Morrisons brings back Safeway brand

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons is reviving the Safeway brand for a range of grocery products for wholesale to independent retailers, the supermarket announced this week (November 22).

Premier Foods ceo Gavin Darby blamed falling sales on warm weather

Premier Foods blames falling sales on warm weather

By Michael Stones

Premier Foods’s ceo Gavin Darby has blamed a 4% fall in the manufacturer’s Grocery division sales and falling profits on warm weather in half-year results for the 26 weeks to October 1 2016.

The recovery in Tesco's fortunes is likely to put Sainsbury under pressure

Multiple retailers begin bounce back

By Rick Pendrous

Despite the persistence of deflation in the sector, the prospects for the UK multiple grocery market remain reasonably sound, according to a statement issued by investment firm Shore Capital towards the end of last month.

M&S will open 200 new food stores by the end of 2019

M&S to open 200 food stores after clothing sales fall

By Matt Atherton

Marks & Spencer (M&S) will open 200 new Simply Food stores by the end of 2019 and downsize its Clothing & Home division, as part of a strategic redirection, it revealed with its latest financial update.

Morrisons posted like-for-like sales growth in the third quarter of the year

Morrisons announces sales growth

By James Ridler

Retailer Morrisons’ like-for-like sales have grown in the 13 weeks to October 30 2016, while total sales for the company had fallen. 

Joanne Denney-Finch said shoppers would be in control of prices

IGD's Big Debate Conference

Retailing competition could reduce Brexit cost impacts

By Matt Atherton

The food sector is so competitive that price wars between retailers may reduce the financial impact of Brexit on shoppers, said grocery think-tank IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

Analyst HSBC Global Research predicts problems ahead for Morrisons

Morrisons headed for financial problems: Analyst

By Matt Atherton

Morrisons can expect financial problems ahead caused by store closures, Brexit and the National Living Wage, HSBC Global Research predicted ahead of the retailer’s third-quarter trading update on November 3.

Retailers and manufacturers must work together to improve shopper experience

IGD's Big Debate Conference

Manufacturers and retailers must work together

By Matt Atherton

Food and drink manufacturers need to work with retailers to help customers have “an experience” when shopping, said grocery think-tank IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

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