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UK: Poundland owner mulls future of retailer

12 Mar 2010

The private-equity owner of UK discount retailer Poundland is mulling the future of the business, which could lead to the sale of the company, just-food understands.

UK: Promotions propel Co-op, says Kantar

2 Mar 2010

Price cuts and promotions have made The Co-operative Group the fastest-growing retailer in the UK, according to the latest sales data from Kantar Worldpanel.

GERMANY: Tengelmann sells Plus stores to Lidl

19 Feb 2010

German retailer Tengelmann has agreed to sell over 100 Plus stores across Bulgaria and Romania to Lidl.

UK: Asda records slowest growth of Big Four - Kantar

2 Feb 2010

Asda, the UK's second-largest grocer, has posted the slowest sales growth of the country's Big Four in the last 12 weeks, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

In the spotlight - E.Leclerc leads way in France

22 Jan 2010

Carrefour and Casino may have reported some under-par domestic sales but E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, is thriving amid the downturn. 2010 is looking to be just as challenging for French retailers as 2009 but, as Dean Best reports, Leclerc is well placed to continue to see off competition from its multinational competitors.

Christmas cheer will fade as New Year reality bites

14 Jan 2010

A series of upbeat trading statements from UK retailers has convinced some that a recovery is well on its way. However, despite the apparent Christmas cheer, 2010 is likely to be just as challenging as 2009. Mounting public sector debt and a tight credit market will strangle consumers, while demand for value and hardening commodity prices could squeeze suppliers. Dean Best reports.

UK: TNS issues upbeat outlook for UK grocery

11 Jan 2010

The UK's major grocers saw a return to "confident consumer spending" over Christmas, industry analysts TNS said today (11 January), which pointed to a "positive outlook" for the sector.

UK: Grocery sector "buoyant", TNS claims

8 Dec 2009

The UK grocery sector is "largely buoyant" in the run up to Christmas, industry analysts TNS Worldpanel claimed this afternoon (8 December) - and consumers are showing signs of gaining in confidence.

UK: Multiples urged to act on dwindling fish stocks

26 Nov 2009

UK supermarkets could do more to help stop dwindling fish stocks by supplying customers with sustainably sourced seafood, according to a report published today (26 November).

UKRAINE: Schwarz eyes Kaufland, Lidl launch

27 Oct 2009

German retailer Schwarz is mulling the launch of its Kaufland and Lidl hypermarkets in the Ukraine.

UK: Falling inflation brings growth challenge - TNS

13 Oct 2009

The UK grocery market growth rate is continuing to fall back as food inflation moderates, according to TNS.

UK: Grocery "shrugs off" recession - TNS

15 Sep 2009

The grocery retail sector in the UK has successfully "shrugged off" the recession, the latest report from market researchers TNS claimed this afternoon (15 September).

UK: Ex-Germany chief to head up Lidl UK division

11 Sep 2009

Discount retailer Lidl has appointed the former managing director of its German operation Frank-Michael Mros to head up its UK division.

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

11 Sep 2009

Kraft and Cadbury may have dominated the headlines but, elsewhere, the boss of US meat giant Smithfield Foods bemoaned the drop in hog prices, Fonterra's chairman admitted a public listing was unlikely and Morrisons' boss brushed off rumours linking him to Marks and Spencer and expressed his "love" for the buoyant UK retailer.

UK: Waitrose leads sales growth - TNS

18 Aug 2009

Upmarket UK retailer Waitrose has enjoyed the fastest sales growth among the country's largest retailers in the last 12 weeks, according to analysts TNS.

In the Spotlight - Paul Foley and Aldi UK

13 Aug 2009

Just two months ago, at a retail conference in London, Paul Foley, the then head of Aldi's operations in the UK and Ireland, was insisting the discounter's newly-won shoppers would stick around, even when the economy recovers.

IRELAND: Suppliers deserve "fair return" - food minister

31 Jul 2009

Ireland's food retailers have a "responsibility" to support a "viable" Irish food processing sector, the country's agriculture minister has argued.

UK: Recession "drives shopper expectations higher" – study

23 Jul 2009

The onset of recession in the UK has prompted a tidal shift in shopping habits, with the emergence of the “hyper-sensitive consumer”, a study out today (23 July) has found.

UK: Only Morrisons out-paces Waitrose growth - TNS

21 Jul 2009

Waitrose, the high-end UK grocer, has seen its sales rise slower than only Morrisons in recent weeks, according to the latest data from TNS Worldpanel.

BELGIUM: Europe, not us, deals with pork price - Colruyt

17 Jul 2009

Belgian retailer Colruyt, which saw protesting pork farmers attempt to blockade one of its distribution centres overnight, today (17 July) insisted it had little control over pork prices.

UPDATE: UK: Regulator brushes off competition test flak

16 Jul 2009

The UK's competition watchdog has defended its proposal for a planning test for the country's supermarkets despite fierce criticism from Tesco and questions from some industry watchers.

(Back) In the Spotlight - UK Competition Test

16 Jul 2009

UK grocery retail is fiercely competitive and one topic of debate surrounds plans for a "competition test" in a bid to stop one retailer dominating a particular area. The debate was reignited today (16 July) with the UK regulator standing its plans for the test - and Tesco just as resolute in its opposition to the proposal. Dean Best reports.

UK: LGA calls for supermarket packaging transparency

13 Jul 2009

The government should force UK supermarkets to reveal how much packaging they produce, local councils say.

GERMANY: Grocers "foolish" to go cool on supermarkets - study

6 Jul 2009

Germany's food retailers would be "foolish" to cut spending on their supermarket chains even as they navigate an economy in recession, analysts BMI have claimed.

UK: Aldi launches price-cuts campaign

3 Jul 2009

Aldi has launched its latest price-cutting campaign in the UK, the German discount giant has confirmed.

Top stories on just-food this week

26 Jun 2009

At a time of economic uncertainty – when our pages can sometimes make for gloomy reading – the confectionery sector was given cause for optimism last week

UK: Morrisons outpacing Aldi, Lidl - TNS

23 Jun 2009

Morrisons is enjoying the fastest growth rate in sales among the UK's multiples and is outpacing the discounters, according to the latest figures released today (23 June) by TNS Worldpanel.

GERMANY/UK: Disgraced Lidl Germany boss “given UK top job”

23 Jun 2009

The former head of Lidl’s German business, Frank-Michael Mros, has reportedly been appointed to head the discount retailer’s UK business.

IRELAND: Spar in own-brand push

2 Jun 2009

Spar Ireland has launched a EUR1m (US$1.4m) promotional drive for its range of own-branded goods.

In the Spotlight - Irish grocery price war

15 May 2009

The boom times are over for the Celtic Tiger with the recession hitting Ireland's retail sector. With consumers trading down, the country's food retailers increasingly see price as a key weapon to maintain market share and Aldi, Lidl, Musgrave Group and Tesco are battling it out. Dean Best reports.

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