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Talking shop: Eyes on Wal-Mart as major health initiative begins 21 Jan 2011

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The news that Wal-Mart Stores is to reformulate thousands of its packaged food products through the lowering of sodium and sugars has garnered a mix of reactions from industry watchers, many of whom believe the initiative may now cause a ripple effect throughout the sector.


Talking shop: UK retailer fortunes ruled by snow business 14 Jan 2011

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A clutch of the UK's largest food retailers this week revealed how they had performed over the Christmas period, when the country saw some of its worst weather for 20 years. As Richard Woodard reports, there were clear winners and losers.


Talking shop: A&P's future is uncertain after bankruptcy 14 Dec 2010

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A&P's descent into Chapter 11 protection has taken few in the US retail sector by surprise but what does the future hold for the historic grocer? And which competitors could benefit?


Talking shop: US promotional landscape to continue in 2011 7 Dec 2010

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As we close in on the end of 2010, the promotional landscape remains difficult for retailers, with few markets more competitive than in the US, where ongoing low levels of consumer confidence and efforts from the major operators to gain market share have continued to drive prices downward. With commodity prices starting to show upward movement, how much longer can this promotional environment be sustained?


Talking shop: Irish crisis threatens retail recovery 26 Nov 2010

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Bright sparks signalling a turnaround in the Irish grocery sector could be short-lived after Dublin this week announced wide-ranging austerity measures due to tackle the country's economic problems.


Talking shop: Is Australia a closed shop for retailers? 19 Nov 2010

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The Australian competition watchdog's decision to block the sale of retailer Franklins to local distributor Metcash has highlighted the heavily concentrated nature of the grocery industry in the country.


Talking shop: Putting the spark back into M&S 10 Nov 2010

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The analyst response to Marc Bolland's strategic review of UK retailer Marks and Spencer has been largely positive, with one analyst describing the plan as "putting the spark back into Marks".


Talking shop: Whole Foods expands as organics recover 4 Nov 2010

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For all the talk of a persistent lack of consumer confidence on both sides of the Atlantic, there are indications that natural and organic food manufacturers and retailers are seeing demand recover after a tough two years.


Talking shop: Tim Hurrell, The Co-operative Group 15 Oct 2010

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The Co-operative Group accounted for a quarter of the UK grocery retail market in the 1960s. By 2008, its share had fallen to 5%. However, the Co-op's purchase of the Somerfield chain two years ago has sparked its renaissance and Tim Hurrell, the head of the company's food retail arm, spoke with Petah Marian about the integration, Fairtrade and how the company is rising again.


Talking shop: UK grocers focus on private-label innovation 23 Sep 2010

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Private labels have returned to the spotlight in the UK this week with Asda, Sainsbury's and Ocado all relaunching or launching new own-label ranges.


Talking shop: Carrefour reveals ambitous targets 17 Sep 2010

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Carrefour has unveiled ambitious sales targets on the back of its plans to invest EUR1.5bn (US$1.97bn) in rolling out its new Carrefour Planet hypermarket concept in France, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Greece.


Talking shop: Looking to Morrisons' future 10 Sep 2010

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Alongside Morrisons' half-year results yesterday, the UK retailer's new CEO Dalton Philips announced a raft of new initiatives the company plans to roll out.


Talking Shop: Tesco's expansion drive 2 Sep 2010

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Tesco has this week been accused of employing “suspect tactics” to force through construction projects as it looks to build on its already expansive empire in the UK.


Talking Shop: Tesco makes half-hearted click-and-collect attempt 24 Aug 2010

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Tesco announced today (23 August) it is joining a number of French retailers and becoming the first UK retailer to launch a click-and-collect, or "drive-thru" grocery service.


Talking shop: Re-rationalising the rationalised assortment 18 Aug 2010

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Yesterday's (17 August) news that Wal-Mart plans to begin reintroducing a number of delisted products will give reason for many suppliers to breathe a sigh of relief.


Talking shop: Shareholder strife for Russian retailer Lenta 13 Aug 2010

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Russian grocery retailer Lenta, long a rumoured takeover target of Wal-Mart, is enjoying growing sales in Russia's emerging retail market but, as Petah Marian reports, in-fighting among shareholders could derail the business.


Talking shop: The future for US retailer Winn-Dixie 29 Jul 2010

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Shares in Winn-Dixie suffered yesterday (28 July) after the US retailer announced plans to close 30 "under-performing" stores in a bid to lower the company’s cost structure, improve efficiency, and "build the right foundation" for the business in the future.


Talking shop: Barclaycard seeks “domino effect” with contactless payments 23 Jul 2010

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The use of contactless payment in UK retail has grabbed the headlines in recent days with The Co-operative Group set to become the first major grocery retailer to use the technology on a major scale.


COMMENT: Waitrose's gains are more than just the economy stupid 25 Jun 2010

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The supermarket sector in the UK is one of those industries whose performance attracts attention outside of the business pages such is its health perceived to be linked to the general well-being of the economy at large.


Comment: Casey's results weaken Couche-Tard's hand 16 Jun 2010

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Couche-Tard, we argued back in April, would have a hard time convincing shareholders at Casey's General Stores that its US$1.9bn bid for the US c-store operator was an attractive offer.


Iceland Foods growth fires M&A speculation 10 Jun 2010

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It is one of the questions of the moment among the UK retail trade. Will consumers turn their backs on the discount sector as and when a recovery truly takes hold?


Retail round-up: Thorntons in retail meltdown 1 Jun 2010

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Thorntons issued another profit warning last week as the UK chocolate maker and retailer announced that its chief executive would step down.


Retail round-up: Wal-Mart's home challenge 25 May 2010

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This time last year, our pages were filled with stories about how Wal-Mart was thriving as the US economy turned increasingly sour.


Retail round-up: Sobeys discounting move 17 May 2010

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Canadian supermarket group Sobeys has announced plans to open a chain of discount stores in Ontario, with the aim of capturing a greater share of the cut-price market in the province.


Retail round-up: More gloom for Japan's retailers 26 Apr 2010

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While the Japanese economy has been slow to come out of the downturn, it seems that business conditions in the country have turned the corner and are now on the up.


Retail round-up: France's retail dilemma 19 Apr 2010

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French retail dominated the headlines last week with the likes of Carrefour, Auchan and Casino updating the market on their recent performance.


Retail Round-up: Wal-Mart faces increased competition despite securing Indian boost 5 Dec 2006

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The past week has seen some significant developments on the international retail scene

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