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Talking shop: Sainsbury's tries to shore up flank with Netto JV 24 Jun 2014

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In a surprise move, Sainsbury's has reacted to the continued growth of discount retailers in the UK with a venture to bring the Netto banner back to the country. Sainsbury's and Netto owner Dansk Supermarked will launch a clutch of stores on a trial basis but Netto, which struggled on its previous visit to the UK, faces even stronger competitors now. Dean Best reports.


Talking shop: The growth of the value variety retailer 4 Apr 2014

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Dutch value retailer Hema last week announced its planned foray into the UK market with the launch of two London stores by the summer. The move follows the flotation of Poundland on the London Stock Exchange and underline value retailers becoming a more serious player in the UK. But do the country's major food retailers have a serious competitor on their hands? Hannah Abdulla reports.


Talking shop: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale with Safeway buy 20 Mar 2014

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Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.


Talking shop: Aeon responds to domestic challenge with Asia growth 17 Mar 2014

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Japan-based retailer Aeon warned that its full-year 2013 profit is expected to come in well below expectations. The company was hit by weak domestic consumer sentiment in the 12 months to end-February, with efforts to stimulate supermarket sales failing to offset group-wide pressure on revenues. But Aeon management also took the opportunity to outline its medium-term growth priorities. Katy Askew reports.


Talking shop: Kroger mobile leadership takes loyalty to new level 3 Mar 2014

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Digital and mobile technology is shaping the way retailers interact with consumers as the communication of offers and promotions becomes ever more personalised and interactive. Kroger's recent purchase of You Tech, a leading provider of digital couponing, demonstrates the group's commitment to leveraging digital marketing to reach US shoppers. Katy Askew reports.


Talking shop: Tesco looks to join the dots with multichannel strategy 26 Feb 2014

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In the UK Tesco is cutting back its investment in opening stores and instead concentrating on expanding its multichannel capabilities. For Tesco, this means more than strengthening its online presence. Rather, the UK's largest retailer is determined to leverage the interaction between digital and physical retailing to build its relationship with UK consumers. But can this deeper relationship translate to a sales lift at Tesco's struggling large-format stores? Katy Askew reports.


Talking shop: Major US chains eye small-format growth 5 Feb 2014

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The convenience channel has become a source of growth for larger grocers in a number of markets. Even in the US, home of the big-box store, major players have tested the water, albeit with patchy success. The likes of Wal-Mart are upping their focus on smaller stores and, although they will not represent a short-term threat to America's 'Cokes and smokes' c-stores, indie operators need to be wary. Hannah Abdulla reports.


Talking shop: Tesco faces "difficult decisions" at home and abroad 4 Dec 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Morrisons confident on online foray 22 Nov 2013

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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?


Talking shop: Marks and Spencer - a house divided 5 Nov 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Tesco stresses finer points of difference 10 Oct 2013

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Tesco relaunched its premium own-label range, finest, this week as part of the extensive revamp of its UK business. Ben Cooper reports.


Talking shop: What's next for a Burkle-led Fresh & Easy? 19 Sep 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Delhaize CEO appointment brings uncertainty 4 Sep 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Whole Foods can see off natural, organic rivals 7 Aug 2013

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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.


Talking shop: The "hybrid" consumer, supply chains and tech dominate BRC event 27 Jun 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Amazon's fresh step in fledgling US online grocery 13 Jun 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Delhaize better positioned in US following disposal 30 May 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Is the time right for M&S's European push? 18 Apr 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Morrisons core issues persist 15 Mar 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Plassat aware more work ahead at Carrefour 8 Mar 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Online opportunity in China, Thailand 5 Mar 2013

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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.


Talking shop: Retailers must deliver online promises 11 Jan 2013

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Unsatisfactory online grocery experiences - especially on special occasions - are a sure-fire way to undermine brand loyalty, writes Andrew Don.


Talking shop - McLeod's Coles turnaround 26 Sep 2012

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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.


Talking shop: Pragmatic Ahold puts Nordic foray under review 7 Sep 2012

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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.


Talking shop: City sees rationale in PE interest for M&S 29 Aug 2012

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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.


Talking shop: Confident Ocado surprises City with Tesco offensive 21 Aug 2012

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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.


Talking shop: Is Wal-Mart's EDLP focus enough to drive sustained growth? 16 Aug 2012

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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?


Talking shop: Can profits follow Waitrose H1 sales north? 3 Aug 2012

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UK retailer Waitrose has won praise from analysts today after a solid rise in first-half sales led by its convenience and online businesses but we wait to hear the impact of recent promotional activity on profits. Chris Mercer reports.


Talking shop: Carrefour's Plassat makes "encouraging" early impression 22 Jun 2012

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After a poor year for Carrefour and the departure of its CEO, the market has waited to see what new boss Georges Plassat plans for the French retail giant.


Talking shop: Why uncertainty surrounds Supervalu, Fresh & Easy 15 Jun 2012

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US retailers Supervalu Inc and Fresh & Easy this week made major announcements on own label, a sector that continues to grow in the US. However, as Dean Best writes, the jury is out on the future of both businesses, which remain under pressure and battling fierce competition.

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