UK: Budgens/Somerfield - convenience pays off - COMMENT (Members)
UK grocery chains Somerfield and Budgens have both reported improved results for fiscal 2000-01. The UK grocery sector is looking up, and Budgens and Somerfield are seeing some of the benefits. Budgens has surpassed expectations, although a takeover by Ireland's Musgrave still looks likely. Somerfield has improved its results too - but it still has a lot left to prove. Unlike Budgens, the group doesn't seem to have found its own market niche.
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