The just-food team check out the latest goings-on among food retailers.
4 December 2013
Tesco clearly has a lot on its plate. On the one hand, the UK's largest retailer is focused on transforming its domestic business through a capital intensive programme of store refurbishments and a potentially margin-dilutive drive online. On the other, the need to reverse overseas volume declines in order to shore-up international margins is pressing. CEO Philip Clarke is attempting to perform a complex balancing act. Katy Askew reports.
22 November 2013
Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest supermarket, has seen sales come under sustained pressure. The retailer has responded by filling in the gaps in its portfolio, augmenting its bricks-and-mortar supermarket base with a convenience and online offering. Will this be enough to bring positive sales momentum to the supermarket chain - or do other underlying issues persist?
5 November 2013
Marks and Spencer's first-half results paint a picture of a company divided. One the one hand, its food business is performing well, with rising like-for-like sales and improved profit margins. On the other, general merchandise continues to struggle, booking lacklustre sales and lower margins. With a swathe of plans to accelerate food growth, that side of the business looks ship-shape. However, a question mark hangs over whether its non-food performance is turning a corner. Katy Askew reports.
10 October 2013
Tesco relaunched its premium own-label range, finest, this week as part of the extensive revamp of its UK business. Ben Cooper reports.
19 September 2013
Ron Burkle, the US billionaire investor who is to take on the bulk of Tesco's US Fresh & Easy arm, has said he believes the loss-making business gives his Yucaipa fund a base upon which to build. But it is not yet clear what his plans are. Dean Best looks at what could be next.
4 September 2013
Shares in Belgian retailer Delhaize Group slid in morning trade today (4 September) as investors responded to the appointment of former Metro Group executive Frans Muller as CEO. While Muller has extensive retail experience, he comes to Delhaize from Metro's cash and carry arm and, significantly, has no experience of operating in Delhaize's largest market, the US. Katy Askew reports.
7 August 2013
For all the recent headlines around the IPOs of US natural and organic retailers Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway Group Holdings, Whole Foods Market remains the one to watch, writes Dean Best.
27 June 2013
Catering to a bifurcated market, the prospect of shorter supply chains and the onward march of technology were key topics for food retailers at the British Retail Consortium's annual symposium, writes Chris Mercer.
13 June 2013
Amazon has made another stride in taking on US food retailers with the roll out of its fresh grocery business into the second most populous city in the US, Los Angeles. The move is sure to make other players in the market sit up and take notice but will it be enough to really shake up the US online grocery channel and give it the much needed boost it requires? Michelle Russell takes a look.
30 May 2013
Belgium-based retailer Delhaize is to sell its Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's chains in the US to Winn-Dixie owner Bi-Lo. The move could reduce earnings in the short term but should provide the group with the opportunity to improve its balance sheet and, significantly, will help position its US operations for long-term growth. Katy Askew reports.
18 April 2013
Despite facing challenges at home, Marks and Spencer is bent on European expansion. In 2011, it re-entered France; yesterday (17 April) the retailer's new outlet in Amsterdam opened its doors. M&S said the move came as part of the group's drive to expand in Benelux countries and - more broadly - to become a leading international and multi-channel retailer. Katy Askew reports.
15 March 2013
Morrisons' announcement that it is planning to launch an online grocery offering this year dominated the headlines in the wake of the group's full-year results. While the news is certainly of strategic significance for the UK's fourth-largest retailer, it should not overshadow ongoing problems that the firm is having in its core business.
8 March 2013
Carrefour's 2012 results offer signs of encouragement for the world's second-largest retailer. However, some analysts insisted much more work is needed. That is true but Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat recognises the challenges that still lie ahead.
5 March 2013
Online grocery retailing in China and Thailand promises great opportunities for international supermarket groups to crack these two diverse, challenging and potentially lucrative Asian markets. Andrew Don reports.
11 January 2013
Unsatisfactory online grocery experiences - especially on special occasions - are a sure-fire way to undermine brand loyalty, writes Andrew Don.
26 September 2012
Executives often talk about how they plan to turn around struggling businesses but it is less common for the grand ideas to result in improved performance.
7 September 2012
Ahold's decision to review its investment in Nordic retailer ICA is another sign of the Dutche retailer's considered approach to growth, Dean Best writes.
29 August 2012
Marks and Spencer may have indicated there is nothing to announce but reports of private-equity interest in the upmarket UK grocer has got the industry talking.
21 August 2012
Ocado's decision to launch a price comparison campaign against rival and retail giant Tesco has been met with confusion and surprise by some analysts, one of whom suggests the UK online retailer could be hastening its demise with the move.
16 August 2012
Wal-Mart's EDLP strategy has successfully driven sales growth in the second quarter, as shoppers across the globe increasingly seek out low prices. Significantly, the company was able to report that comparative sales were up in every market in which it operates. However, Katy Askew asks, is a focus on price alone enough to maintain this momentum in the longer-term?