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ASA ruling shows Big Four taking discounters seriouslyComment: Aldi ad spat shows discounters under rivals' scrutiny

26 March 2014

The UK ad watchdog's order for Aldi to pull a TV advert demonstrates how the discounter will need to be precise in its competitive claims - and how the German giant is being more closely monitored than ever before by the country's rattled major grocers.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

24 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

GERMANY: Lidl "names Seidel to succeed Holland as chairman"

21 March 2014

Lidl has reportedly appointed Sven Seidel, director of the development division of the Schwarz Group, as chairman to replace Karl-Heinz Holland.

CAGE 2014: Kerry eyes consumer foods growth through snacking

20 March 2014

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy has indicated the Ireland-based food group believes increasing demand for snacking presents an opportunity to grow the company's consumer foods business.

GERMANY: Lidl boss quits, group cites "irreconcilable" views

20 March 2014

Lidl has announced the resignation of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland citing "irreconcilable views".

UK: Sainsbury's posts Q4 LFL sales drop

18 March 2014

Sainsbury's booked its first drop in like-for-like sales in nine years this morning (18 March), when the UK retailer revealed fourth-quarter comparable revenues fell 3.8%.

What the analysts say: Does Sainsbury's LFL sales drop hint at future woe?

18 March 2014

UK grocer Sainsbury's broke its nine-year streak of like-for-like sales growth this morning (18 March), when the firm acknowledged that market conditions and tough comparables hit revenue expansion in its fourth quarter. In contrast to the other multiples, Sainsbury's does not appear to be loosing share in the UK to discounters Aldi and Lidl. But, as price competition in the market intensifies, could Sainsbury's proposition too come under increasing pressure? Here is the City's verdict.

IRELAND: Aldi, Lidl "forge ahead" - Kantar

18 March 2014

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are continuing their march in the Irish grocery sector, delivering double-digit growth in a declining market.

UK: Morrisons ups price investment to fight discounters

13 March 2014

UK grocer Morrisons plans to increase its investment in pricing in order to "strengthen" its competitive proposition.

What the analysts say: The verdict on Morrisons' strategic overhaul

13 March 2014

Morrisons reported a full-year loss of GBP176m (US$293.6m) and further deterioration of like-for-like sales today (13 March). Management this morning set out a new strategic course for the group, which includes a GBP1bn price investment over the next three years. While next year's profits are expected to drop, the company believes the investment can be funded through a cost-saving drive in the medium-term. However, with concern over margins and competitive pressures, opinion remains divided over the prospects for the beleaguered grocer.

UK: Morrisons books GBP176m annual loss

13 March 2014

Morrisons this morning (13 March) reported an annual loss of GBP176m (US$293.6m), rounding off a challenging year for the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

10 March 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.

SPAIN: Lidl plans EUR180m store, distribution offensive

6 March 2014

Lidi is to spend EUR180m in Spain this year on new stores, improving ranges in existing outlets and opening another warehouse in the country.

UPDATE: UK: Tesco plans GBP200m investment in price

25 February 2014

Tesco is launching an incremental investment of GBP200m (US$333.9m) to drive prices down on "essential" items as the UK's largest retailer tries improve its performance in its domestic market.

UK: Tesco to "accelerate" UK turnaround

25 February 2014

Tesco will "accelerate" efforts to turn around its UK business, the company said today (25 February).

SERBIA: Lidl eyeing entry but no decisions made

21 February 2014

Discount retail giant Lidl has confirmed it is looking at possible locations to open its first store in Serbia but has yet finalised where it could enter the market.

Focus: Obesity in the UK - whose problem is it?

14 February 2014

The blame game continues to escalate as to who is responsible for the obesity crisis in the UK. While some point the finger at the Government for not being convicted enough in its approach to tackle the problem, the finger is often pointed back at the food industry for failing to co-operate. Hannah Abdulla explores the complex issue.

US: Lidl owner Schwarz secures IFC cash for E Europe push

14 February 2014

Schwarz Group, the company behind Lidl and discount hypermarket chain Kaufland, has secured funding from the International Finance Corporation for expansion in eastern Europe.

just-food's 2014 outlook: International retailers continue to bring focus home

30 January 2014

The world of international food retail has undoubtedly got a little less international in recent years and 2014 looks likely to see the big guns continue to take an empire-building breather and sort out their troubled home markets while undertaking only modest overseas activities. Glynn Davis reports.

Timeline - King's reign at Sainsbury's

29 January 2014

Justin King is to step down as CEO of Sainsbury's after a decade in charge of the UK grocer. King has revitalised Sainsbury's, taking a business with stock issues to one that has consistently outperformed its rivals in recent years. Here's a look at the key events of King's reign.

UK: Asda, Sainsbury's neck and neck in UK - Kantar

14 January 2014

Sainsbury's share of the UK's grocery market now matches Asda, the country's second-largest retailer, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

UK: Lidl to pull chocolates, sweets from checkouts

14 January 2014

Lidl has decided to remove chocolate and sweets from checkout lanes in its UK stores.

UK: Morrisons shares jump on property sale talk

13 January 2014

Morrisons is reportedly considering selling off up to 10% of its properties - equating to about GBP800m - after coming under fire from shareholders following its poor Christmas trading results but analysts say it is not enough to "save the company".

What the analysts say: Morrisons stuns City with tumbling sales

9 January 2014

Morrisons' unscheduled Christmas trading update surprised the City this morning in more ways than one. Like-for-like sales fell almost 6%, under-performing its rivals by some distance. The decline was evidence the impact the growth of discounters Aldi and Lidl is having the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

What the analysts say: Tesco again faces questions in City

9 January 2014

Tesco this morning (9 January) revealed a disappointing drop in like-for-like sales over Christmas and New Year. The retailer attributed the decline in sales to "further weakness in the UK grocery market" and having a "tougher comparative" versus last year. The results had a negative impact on share recommendations, although some analysts highlighted areas for optimism, including Tesco's work online.

just-food's review of 2013: discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

6 January 2014

It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends dominated the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries - the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.

UK: Asda takes aim at discounters with price cuts

2 January 2014

Asda has set its sights on luring UK shoppers away from the discounters with moves to sell a range of household items for 50p.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

23 December 2013

Tesco and Hershey grabbed the headlines in the last full week before Christmas with potential moves to bolster their businesses in India and China respectively. Beijing, meanwhile, has announced plans to investigate the price of agricultural commodities to try to encourage stability in prices. Horsemeat hit the news again with arrests in France over claims horses tested on in labs have entered the food chain.

UK: Majority of UK households visit Aldi, Lidl - Kantar

17 December 2013

Over half of the UK's households have visited either an Aldi or a Lidl in the last 12 weeks, data from Kantar Worldpanel showed today (17 December), underlining the inroads the discounters have made into the country's grocery market.

Comment: Price is key for retailers in Ireland

9 December 2013

Pressure on household incomes in Ireland has been exacerbated by persistently high grocery inflation this year. As a result, price positioning has become absolutely key for retailers operating in what is a highly competitive market, Katy Askew suggests.

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