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.
4 December 2013
The disappointing third-quarter top-line performance reported this morning (4 December) by Tesco has left analysts divided over the group's strategy. Tesco has cut capital expenditure on new stores and is instead investing in refurbishments and multichannel growth. Management has insisted the strategy will simply take time to deliver results. But, with the clock ticking, another set of weak numbers has raised questions over whether Tesco's investment focus will pay off. Here is the view from the City.
26 November 2013
UK frozen food retailer Iceland Foods has indicated it could build a network of over 50 outlets in Ireland.
21 November 2013
Discount retailer Lidl is understood to be investing EUR100m (US$134.4m) in its Finland operations.
18 November 2013
This week saw a continued focus on M&A, as further evidence of the global trend towards consoidation in the sector emerged. The battle for Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory rumbled on and Mexico's Sigma launched a takeover bid for Spain's Campofrio.
14 November 2013
Ahold shares dropped today (14 Novermber) after the Netherlands-based retailer warned its domestic market share is coming under pressure. However, a number of positives also came out of the financial update, including the announcement of a EUR1bn payout to shareholders and news that the group will exit Slovakia. Here is what the markets had to say about Ahold's mixed third-quarter news.
14 November 2013
Asda has claimed it will spend GBP1bn on lowering prices in a bid to "widen the gap" with its big three rivals, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.
7 November 2013
The UK's fourth largest supermarket, Morrisons, today (7 November) showed further signs that its sales are struggling amid tough competition in the marketplace. The grocer is continuing to make positive strides, but the questions over whether this is enough and whether Morrisons has its proposition right still linger. Michelle Russell reports.
28 October 2013
Tesco has launched its Price Promise comparison scheme in Ireland as it looks to grab back some market share from discounters Aldi and Lidl.
2 October 2013
Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has suggested investment in own label is a key weapon for mainstream grocers as discounters Aldi and Lidl continue to win sales in the UK.
30 September 2013
Aldi saw its profits in the UK soar in 2012 - another set of data that underlines the discounter's strong performance in the country.
17 September 2013
UK retailers have said the presence of snacks at supermarket checkouts is "not the biggest issue" in obesity after a campaign was launched urging a ban of junk food at store queuing areas.
10 September 2013
Dutch retailer Ahold is looking to improve its price positioning by slashing prices on branded goods and expanding its budget line of own-label products.
19 August 2013
Irish meat trader McAdam Food Products has filed a lawsuit against processor ABP Food Group for alleged defamation at the time of the horsemeat scandal.
9 August 2013
Dairy's top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week's just-food research round-up.
1 August 2013
Aldi and UK retailers The Co-operative Group and Waitrose have signed up to a campaign run by consumer watchdog Which? to support simpler, clearer and more consistent pricing in supermarkets in the country.
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.
25 June 2013
Lidl is to invest over GBP30m in Scotland over the next 12 months as it builds on success in attracting more local shoppers to its stores.
19 June 2013
Chocolate giant Mars and crisp manufacturer PepsiCo are among over 20 food makers and retailers to agree to adopt new "hybrid" front-of-pack nutrition labels in the UK.
18 June 2013
The UK government is set to launch the planned "hybrid" front-of-pack label - including traffic light symbols - tomorrow (18 June).
17 June 2013
The latest just-food interview saw the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China discuss the food giant's strategy in the market and why he believed the world's largest food manufacturer had the edge on its rivals in the region. It was a week of a number of notable pieces of M&A, including Canadian retailer Sobeys' move to buy Safeway Inc's business in Canada and JBS's deal to acquire Seara Brasil from local meat rival Marfrig.
14 June 2013
Discount retailer Lidl has confirmed it is exploring the possibility of entering the US market.
29 May 2013
Tesco has named PJ Clarke as chief executive of its Irish business, after current CEO Tony Keohane was appointed chairman of the unit.
21 May 2013
UK retailer Morrisons is seeing its sales improve, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.
30 April 2013
In this two-part Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper looks at the lending activities of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the division of the World Bank that lends to private corporations, which is rapidly expanding its activities in the agribusiness sector.
29 April 2013
Discounters Aldi and Lidl continue to set the pace in Irish grocery retailing, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.
23 April 2013
UK retailer Sainsbury's delivered the strongest sales growth amongst the big four, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.
22 April 2013
Discounter Lidl has said it is focusing on the core values of price and quality as it moves to increase its fresh meat and poultry offering in the UK.
22 April 2013
Lidl has announced plans to invest GBP66m (US$100.6m) to expand its line up of fresh meat and poultry in the UK.
19 April 2013
Discount retailer Lidl has confirmed plans to invest EUR45m (US$58.9m) on the revamp of its store network in Portugal.