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IRELAND: Lidl adds to price war

11 May 2009

German discount supermarket chain Lidl has announced permanent grocery price cuts across its Ireland stores.

In The Spotlight - Tesco

22 Apr 2009

UK retail giant Tesco booked a healthy set of results this week, despite facing fierce competition from rivals in recent months and experiencing a slowdown in international expansion. With such a strong set of figures under its belt, its clear Tesco is coping well with the downturn. Dean Best reports.

GERMANY: Lidl fires German boss over spying scandal

7 Apr 2009

German retailer Lidl has confirmed that it has dismissed the head of its German business, Frank-Michael Mros, after fresh allegations that the company was spying on its employees came to light.

UK: Food inflation rumbles on - TNS

31 Mar 2009

The weakness of sterling is continuing to drive rising food prices in the UK, industry analysts TNS Worldpanel said today (31 March).

Irish food industry reels from economic pressures

23 Mar 2009

Having contributed to and benefited from Ireland’s sustained economic growth, the country’s food industry is suffering acutely as a result of the downturn. Ben Cooper examines why the food sector in Ireland has proved more exposed than in other countries and what the industry is calling for the Government to do to mitigate the problems.

SWITZ: Lidl launches Swiss stores

19 Mar 2009

German discount retailer Lidl entered the Swiss retail market today (19 March), with the opening of 13 stores in the German speaking part of the country.

FRANCE: French retailers agree to lower food prices

18 Mar 2009

French retailers have agreed to lower prices on certain products in 2009, the junior minister for industry and consumer affairs Luc Chatel has said.

UK: Asda enjoying fastest Big Four growth - TNS

3 Mar 2009

Asda, the UK arm of Wal-Mart, is enjoying the fastest growth in sales among the country's leading food retailers, according to data published today (3 March) from TNS Worldpanel.

UK: Commission to introduce grocery code of practice

26 Feb 2009

The UK's Competition Commission is to introduce a code of practice for supermarkets in a bid to ensure the fair treatment of suppliers and address issues hindering competition in the market.

IRELAND: Growing competition amongst retailers - survey

23 Feb 2009

The price gap between the main Irish supermarket chains and discount stores is narrowing, but Lidl and Aldi remain more than 20% cheaper for own-brand goods, according to the latest grocery price survey.

UPDATE: SWITZ: Coop cool over Lidl entry

19 Feb 2009

Swiss retailer Coop-Gruppe today (19 February) played down the threat that the imminent entry of German discount giant Lidl could have on its business.

SWITZ: Lidl prepares for Swiss entry next month

19 Feb 2009

Lidl, the German discount giant, today (19 February) announced plans to enter Switzerland next month with the opening of 13 stores.

The Retail Summit 2009 - live from Prague

4 Feb 2009

This week, just-food is in Prague, the Czech capital, as some of the leading lights in the region's food manufacturing and food retail industries discuss the prospects for the sectors in central and Eastern Europe.

UK: Weak sterling "stalls" food inflation falls - TNS

3 Feb 2009

Food inflation in the UK has “stalled” after showing signs of coming down as the weakness of sterling has pushed up the prices of produce and imported foodstuffs, according to figures published today (3 February) by TNS.

UK: Spar to extend Eurospar after Somerfield deal

21 Jan 2009

Spar is to extend its supermarket format Eurospar into mainland UK with the acquisition of 11 stores from fellow retailer Somerfield.

UK: Deflation could hit Sainsbury's margins - analyst

16 Jan 2009

The threat of falling food inflation in the UK – and possible deflation later in 2009 – could hit profits at Sainsbury's, the country's third-largest grocer, a leading retail analyst has warned.

UK: "Tough year ahead" for Euro retailers - study

13 Jan 2009

Grocery prices are expected to ease this year as the threat of the discounter and falling oil and raw material prices looms.

Supermarket prophets - what's in store for 2009

9 Jan 2009

Four top food analysts give just-food their predictions for the UK food retail sector in 2009.

Food industry glad to see the back of 2008

23 Dec 2008

If there is any truth at all to the axiom ‘what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’, the food industry should be in better shape now than it was 12 months ago, because it has certainly had to endure an arduous year. Ben Cooper takes a look back at 2008.

2008 – The highs and lows

23 Dec 2008

As a tumultuous year in the food industry nears its end, just-food takes a look back at those who have thrived and suffered in 2008 – a year that carried us all to the precipice of a meltdown in the global financial markets.

UK: Waitrose denies Co-op store buy

15 Dec 2008

Waitrose today (15 December) denied it has agreed to buy 13 stores from The Co-operative Group as part of the Co-op's bid to win regulatory approval for its takeover of fellow UK retailer Somerfield.

Top stories on just-food this week

12 Dec 2008

This week was a disastrous one for the Irish pork sector, when food safety authorities ordered a full-scale recall of all products containing Irish pork.

UK: Discounters continue to grab market share

9 Dec 2008

Morrisons, Asda, and discounters Lidl and Aldi have continued to gain grocery market share in the UK in the last quarter as a result of rising consumer demand for cheaper groceries.

UK: Co-op strikes more store disposals

5 Dec 2008

The Co-operative Group has confirmed that it has lined up buyers for 58 stores as part of its bid to win regulatory approval for its GBP1.6bn (US$2.35bn) acquisition of fellow UK retailer Somerfield.

EUROPE: UK, France ripe for discount push - Verdict

28 Nov 2008

Discount retailers should set their sights on the UK and France as the economic downturn bites, a study published today (28 November) has claimed.

just the answer - Verdict Research, Discounters in Europe

28 Nov 2008

The rise of the discounters has been one of the year's key trends in grocery retailing. Shoppers, beset by concerns over the economy, have looked to the likes of Aldi and Lidl for greater value. In this month's just the answer interview, Daniel Lucht, senior analyst at retail watchers Verdict Research, tells Dean Best why the discounters should push on in 2009, despite growing competition on price from the likes of Tesco and Carrefour.

UK: Netto boss eyes image improvement

13 Nov 2008

Netto, the Denmark-based discount retailer, is to step up its efforts to improve its image in the eyes of UK consumers, the company has told just-food.

UK: Food inflation slows - TNS

11 Nov 2008

Food inflation has started to slow, according to the latest figures from market analysts TNS Worldpanel.

BELGIUM: Delhaize discount drive hits home market

27 Oct 2008

Delhaize, the Belgium-based food retailer, is to open a discount store in the south of the country next year as consumers look to for value amid the economic downturn.

GERMANY: Edeka to push on with expansion

23 Oct 2008

German retailer Edeka today (23 October) insisted it is sticking by its plans to expand its network of supermarkets and discount stores throughout the country.

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