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Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons

7 Jan 2016

December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month. 

JAPAN: Lawson plans 100 "next-gen" c-stores

15 Apr 2014

Japanese convenience retailer Lawson Inc plans to roll out its new "next-gen" Lawson Mart c-store to more than 100 locations in its new financial year.

JAPAN: Earnings at c-store retailer Lawson increase

9 Jan 2014

Japan-based convenience retailer Lawson Inc has reported record nine-month profits despite a dip in sales.

JAPAN: H1 profits up at c-store retailer Lawson

9 Oct 2013

Japanese convenience store retailer Lawson Inc has reported higher half-year profits.

JAPAN: Retailer Lawson grows profits despite muted consumers

8 Oct 2012

Japanese c-store retailer Lawson Inc has reported higher half-year profits despite concerns over consumer confidence in the country in recent months.

The just-food interview - Rakesh Biyani, MD of Indian retailer Future Group

20 Sep 2012

With India - and the prospect of wide-ranging economic reforms in the country - in the international business headlines, there are few other more opportune times to meet Rakesh Biyani, joint managing director of Future Group, one of the country's largest retailers.

JAPAN/US: C-store giant Lawson outlines US ambitions

24 Apr 2012

Lawson Inc, Japan's number two convenience store retailer, is to use the opening of up to 50 outlets in Hawaii as a springboard to expand onto the US mainland.

JAPAN/CHINA: Retailer Lawson in Chinese acquisition talks

23 Apr 2012

Japan c-store chain Lawson Inc. is in talks with several Chinese retailers, which could lead to a possible acquisition.

JAPAN: Retailer Lawson reports mixed FY results

12 Apr 2012

Japanese convenience store retailer Lawson Inc has booked mixed annual results, with its bottom line hit by tax costs but its operating earnings rising 11%.

JAPAN: Lawson nine-month operating profit, sales up

12 Jan 2012

Japanese convenience store retailer Lawson Inc has reported higher operating profit and sales for the first nine months of its financial year, although charges hit its bottom line.

JAPAN: Lawson "targets 10,000 stores in China"

13 Oct 2011

Japanese retailer Lawson Inc has reportedly set plans for a network of over 10,000 outlets in China.

JAPAN: Lawson posts Q1 losses due to earthquake

6 Jul 2011

Japanese retailer Lawson Inc posted a first-quarter loss as it was hit by Japan's earthquake and an accounting cost.

JAPAN: Lawson FY profits double

14 Apr 2011

Lawson Inc, the Japanese retailer, saw annual profits more than double in its last financial year as it lapped figures for the previous 12 months hit by an accounting scandal.

JAPAN: Retailers feel impact of earthquake

15 Mar 2011

Retailers are feeling the impact of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on Friday, with Costco announcing that two people died in the parking ramp of one of its outlets, while Lawson said that nearly 140 of its stores are out of service.

JAPAN: Retailer Lawson cuts FY sales, profit targets

12 Oct 2010

Lawson Inc, the Japanese convenience retailer, today (12 October) cut its targets for annual turnover and profits after posting lower half-year results.

The just-food management briefing - convenience stores - part III

18 Aug 2010

Every country had its own take on convenience stores. These retail traditions tend to be rooted in local cultures, making a certain combination of goods acceptable in one country, but not another.

JAPAN: Lawson's profit tumbles

5 Jul 2010

Convenience retailer Lawson suffered under persistent deflationary conditions and sluggish consumer spending in Japan, posting JPY11.2bn (US$127.58m) operating profit for its first quarter ended 31 May, an 8.2% drop on the previous year.

JAPAN: Lawson takes full control over Ninety-Nine Plus

14 Apr 2010

Japanese retailer Lawson Inc is to make Ninety-Nine Plus, a company in which it owns a majority stake, a wholly-owned subsidiary.

JAPAN: Employee fraud hits Lawson FY profits

14 Apr 2010

Japanese convenience store retailer Lawson Inc today (14 April) booked an expected slump in annual profits as the scandal at its ticket sales unit hit the company's bottom line.

JAPAN: Lawson strengthens risk management

14 Apr 2010

Japanese convenience chain Lawson Inc has announced changes to its business practices, after a “misappropriation” of JPY14.4bn (US$4.7m) by two company directors in its Lawson Entermedia unit.

JAPAN: Itochu in talks to buy Am/pm c-stores

25 Aug 2009

Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. is in talks to buy convenience store chain am/pm Japan Co., in a bid to match the number of stores of Lawson Inc, the country's number two c-store retailer.

JAPAN: Seven & I plans store relocation drive

2 Jun 2009

Under pressure from Japan’s rapidly shrinking population and the overall drop in sales owing to the recession, Seven & i Holdings said it will be relocating a record number of stores this fiscal year.

JAPAN: Convenience sector ripe for consolidation – analysts

26 Feb 2009

Lawson Inc.'s acquisition of am/pm Japan Co. could lead to a major realignment in the Japanese convenience store industry, with big players swallowing up struggling smaller rivals in an increasingly saturated market, leading analysts have told just-food.

JAPAN: Aeon eyes return to profit with restructuring plan

20 Jan 2009

Japanese retailer Aeon is mulling a number of structural changes as it attempts to return to profitability, having posted its first loss in seven years earlier this month.



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