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Talking shop: City hails buoyant Booker's move for ailing Makro 31 May 2012

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Parts of the City had called for Booker to buy Metro Group's UK arm Makro a year ago and, this week, the UK food wholesaler has announced a cash-and-shares takeover for the business. Analysts have welcomed the deal, even for a loss-making business, which also includes an ongoing "partnership" between Booker and Metro. Dean Best reports.


Talking shop: Price-driven Asda prospers - for now 18 May 2012

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Asda, the UK's second-largest retailer, has reported "market-leading growth" in early weeks of 2012. Analysts say Asda's focus on price has helped the retailer gain shoppers from the likes of Tesco and Morrisons, although, if and when the economy recovers, it may need to demonstrate it can offer consumers more. Dean Best reports.


Talking shop: Wal-Mart hit by shock-waves from Mexican scandal 25 Apr 2012

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Shares in Wal-Mart de Mexico y Centroamerica plummeted this week as allegations the company bribed officials to speed up store openings prompted many shareholders to offload the stock at a rate of knots. Meanwhile, concern that US regulators will pursue action against parent company Wal-Mart Stores for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act could have some far-reaching consequences for the world's largest retailer. Katy Askew reports.


Talking shop: Wal-Mart focuses on better international returns 16 Apr 2012

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Wal-Mart is focused on improving returns from the international markets in which it is present over entering new countries. That was the message from Doug McMillon, CEO of the retailer's operations outside the US, as he met analysts in Canada last week.


Talking shop: Does the hypermarket format have a future? 3 Apr 2012

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"Soulless sheds", "beached whales" and "blips in the history of retail" are descriptions that have recently been assigned to hypermarkets, a format that seems to have taken on the persona of a dinosaur whose days are numbered. Glynn Davis takes a look at whether this once high-flying format can be rejuvenated.


Talking shop: Morrisons ups the stakes with its "Shop of the Future" 29 Mar 2012

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Through its innovative focus on fresh food and deep involvement in the supply chain Morrisons has become the wunderkind everyone is watching. Andrew Don takes a look at how the UK's fourth-largest retailer is attempting to stand out from the pack.


Talking shop: Morrisons prepares for fresh food battle 9 Mar 2012

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Morrisons may be mulling expansion into the world of online and convenience retailing but, with Tesco looking to fresh food to revitalise sales, the UK's fourth-largest supermarket group is also turning to its founding principles to drive growth, writes Katy Askew.


Talking shop: Tesco looks to retain strong foothold in online channel 2 Mar 2012

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Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, has had some difficulties in recent months in its domestic market. However, the company accounts for almost half of all grocery sales online and, as Michelle Russell writes, it is looking to tighten its grip on the channel.


Talking shop: Wal-Mart makes own move on front-of-pack labels 24 Feb 2012

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The launch by Wal-Mart Stores of its Great For You icon is a positive move by the retailer to encourage consumers to choose healthier foods. However, Ben Cooper writes, the retailer has so far failed to clarify whether it will be using the industry's new Facts Up Front nutritional label on its products.


Talking shop: An uncertain future for Bi-Lo and Winn-Dixie 10 Jan 2012

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Before Christmas, US retailer Bi-Lo announced a deal to buy local peer Winn-Dixie Stores, creating an organisation of almost 700 grocery stores in eight states throughout the south-east of the country. Sam Webb speaks to industry watchers about the move, and what it will mean for the new company.


Talking shop: Carrefour's Guyenne et Gascogne dilemma 13 Dec 2011

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Carrefour, the world's second-biggest retailer, is set to buy its French retail franchise partner Guyenne et Gascogne in a deal worth nearly half a billion euros. The move raised eyebrows across the retail sector, considering the supermarket giant's domestic woes. Sam Webb reports.


Talking shop: Ahold's measured ambitions win plaudits 28 Nov 2011

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With a new chief executive in place, industry watchers were waiting to see what Ahold, the Dutch retail giant, planned to do to further grow its business in the next five years. The new strategy, outlined last week, still leaves some unanswered questions but, as Dean Best reports, Ahold has won praise for its plans.


Talking shop: The top tips for online retail in the UK 25 Oct 2011

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That the online channel is growing - and growing quickly - in the UK, is news to hardly anyone. However, online still accounts for under 4% of grocery sales in the country. For all its growth, the sector is still evolving and there is much manufacturers and retailers can learn to ensure they take a chunk of a channel that is set to see sales almost double by 2016. just-food presents ten things to consider when operating in the online sector.


Talking shop: Costco faces questions over fees 7 Oct 2011

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On Wednesday (October 5) US warehouse retailer Costco announced a rise in sales and profits in its annual results for the year ended 28 August. However, they also released details of a 10% rise in membership fees which caused a bit of a stir among analysts. Sam Webb reports.


Talking shop: Uncertainty grows about whether Ocado can deliver 21 Sep 2011

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Ocado's shares have dropped 30% this week after investors were spooked by a trading update and fears of a step-up in competition in the UK. There appears to be a rocky road ahead for the online retailer. Dean Best reports.


Talking shop: Tesco's Japan exit prompts more questions 2 Sep 2011

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Tesco's decision to quit Japan is Philip Clarke's first significant strategic move as CEO but the move has led industry watchers to wonder if the UK retailer could leave othe international markets, Dean Best writes.


Talking shop: UK food retailers face fresh discount threat 18 Aug 2011

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Discount retailers are again making headlines in the UK. With the economy faltering, the likes of Aldi are gaining share at the expense of the country's major retailers. As Sam Webb writes, the likes of Asda and Sainsbury's are fighting back and emphasising that consumers can find value with them.


Talking shop: Poundland puts expansion plans into action with Ireland move 3 Aug 2011

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The recent headlines from Ireland's retail sector have focused on Superquinn's fall into receivership and Musgrave Group's plans to buy the business. However, with the economy in the doldrums, discount retailers have been gaining more ground. This week, UK retailer Poundland announced plans to open stores in Ireland and industry watchers believe the business has potential across the Irish Sea. Michelle Russell reports.


Talking shop: UK makes slow progress on grocery adjudicator 8 Jul 2011

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Despite being recommended by an Office of Fair Trading inquiry in 2008, the UK is still awaiting the establishment of an ombudsman to police the relationship between supermarket chains and their suppliers. The Government has now introduced a draft bill that would see the creation of the Groceries Code Adjudicator but campaigners say it is dragging its feet and being influenced by retail industry lobbying. Ben Cooper reports.


Talking shop: Should Makro look to Booker for success? 14 Jun 2011

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Metro Group replaced four of the five board members working in its Makro UK cash-and-carry division last week, including managing director Hannes Floto. As the German retail giant works to turnaround the business, industry watchers suggest that Makro's future in the UK may lie with local rival Booker, either looking to the resurgent chain for inspiration or through a sale. Petah Marian reports.


Talking shop: Wal-Mart's African debut 1 Jun 2011

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South African competition regulators yesterday (31 May) approved Wal-Mart's acquisition of a majority stake in local retailer Massmart. Katy Humphries takes a look at Wal-Mart's African ambitions and discusses the impact that the deal is likely to have on the South African retail scene.


Talking shop: Who's in the running for Iceland? - what the analysts say 25 May 2011

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With Landsbanki's stake in Iceland Foods now up for grabs, both UK grocery retailers and private-equity firms are being touted as potential bidders for the frozen-food operator.


Talking shop: Has Tesco been "foolhardy" in the US? 13 May 2011

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Speculation is mounting over the future of Tesco's operations in the US. Investor Warren Buffett has described the venture as "foolhardy", while some industry watchers believe potential Californian restrictions on the sale of alcohol could be a hammer blow for business. Why has Fresh & Easy struggled so much in the US, and how likely is it that the loss-making venture will turn a profit? Petah Marian investigates.


Talking shop: Wal-Mart indicates potential of US online grocery 28 Apr 2011

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The launch of a pilot online grocery retailing scheme by Wal-Mart Stores this week underlines the fact that so far this sector has been primarily the preserve of niche, specialist players. Ben Cooper examines whether Wal-Mart's entry has the potential to take online grocery shopping into the mainstream US market.


Talking shop: Demystifying the Norwegian grocery sector 15 Apr 2011

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The Norwegian government has released a report outlining its concerns around the highly consolidated nature of the country's grocery retail sector. The report claims that retailers are able to exert excessive influence on suppliers and is seeking legislation to redress the balance. Petah Marian reports.


Talking shop: Ban on Spanish planning curbs cheers retailers across EU 8 Apr 2011

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Big European food retailers have expressed their delight at a new ruling by the European Court of Justice that slapped down regulations imposed by the Spanish government to restrict the location and operations of hypermarkets in Catalonia.


Talking shop: Metro Group's "record" earnings fail to impress 24 Mar 2011

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Metro Group, the world's fourth-largest retailer, hailed "record" earnings for 2010 when it delivered its full-year results earlier this week. However, the group's share price dipped following the announcement as the company's 2010 performace and plans for international expansion in 2011 failed to excite investors. Katy Humphries reports.


Talking shop: Are the Balkans to become the next retail battleground? 4 Mar 2011

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After a long and drawn-out courtship, it was announced yesterday (3 March) that Belgium's Delhaize has acquired Delta Maxi, the retail arm of Serbia's largest company by turnover, Delta Holdings. The move represents the first significant foray by one of Europe's retail giants into the region and significantly expands Delhaize's reach in the area. Katy Humphries reports.


Talking shop: Are German supermarkets seeing a renaissance? 18 Feb 2011

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The German grocery sector is characterised by low-prices and discounter dominance, resulting in razor-thin margins for operators in this highly-competitive sector.


Talking shop: Canadian retailers face uncertain 2011 28 Jan 2011

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Recovery in the Canadian retail sector is set to become increasingly complex during 2011, with the economy remaining on unsteady ground and while Quebec and Ontario become battle grounds as Wal-Mart Stores expands its grocery presence.

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