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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.

UK: Aldi to look at expanding into more “affluent” areas

22 Oct 2008

Discount retailer Aldi is looking at opening a number of stores in more affluent areas in the UK, the company confirmed today (22 October).

UK: Tesco, Sainsbury's losing share - TNS

15 Oct 2008

Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose are losing share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest figures from TNS Worldpanel, as consumer demand for value continues.

Crunching the numbers: UK food retail

8 Oct 2008

Despite the GBP50bn (US$88bn) bank rescue package announced this morning (8 October) by the UK government, the crisis in the financial markets is still making its presence felt on the UK high street. While food retailers are better positioned to weather the storm than most, they are still feeling the effects of ever more cautious consumer spending. Katy Humphries reports.

In the Spotlight: The battle to be “Britain’s biggest discounter”

19 Sep 2008

As the economic climate deteriorates in the UK, retailers are responding to the increasingly value-conscious concerns of consumers by cutting prices. In answer to a round of price cuts from Asda, Tesco has launched a fresh offensive in the escalating price war with the introduction of 350 new products under the 'Market Value' and 'Discounter' ranges. But is this enough to satisfy shoppers’ hunger for value? Katy Humphries reports.

Top stories on just-food this week

19 Sep 2008

One story has dominated this week's headlines – the latest food safety scandal to hit China. As the scare around baby milk powder has spread to liquid milk and other dairy products, so has the gloom over the future for the country's dairy sector – and questions over China's record on food safety. Elsewhere, Tesco fired its latest salvo in the UK price war, while Tyson Foods spread its wings into Brazil with a series of acquisitions. These are the top stories on just-food this week.

UK: Tesco fires fresh salvo in UK price war

17 Sep 2008

Tesco has today (16 September) unveiled a swathe of price cuts and the launch of a low-cost range of products as the price war among UK retailers hots up.

UK: Aldi, Lidl share gains continue - TNS

16 Sep 2008

The popularity of discount retailers Aldi and Lidl in the UK, particularly among younger, larger families, is continuing to rise, according to the latest data released by analysts TNS Worldpanel.

GERMANY: Lidl spying fine totals EUR1.5m

12 Sep 2008

Discounter Lidl will pay fines totalling just under EUR1.5m (US$2.12m) after German data protection authorities investigated accusations that the retailer spied on its staff.

IRELAND: Retailers compete on own brands

11 Sep 2008

Competition in the Irish grocery sector is fiercest in the own brand area of the market, new research has revealed.

GERMANY: Lidl to pay spying fines

9 Sep 2008

German discounter Lidl has emphasised its innocence even as it agreed to pay fines for allegedly spying on staff.

Discounters reap the downturn dividend

4 Sep 2008

The economic downturn in the UK is fuelling growth in the discount food retail sector, and in response mainstream grocers are adapting their offers. Ben Cooper reports on the discount boom, and asks whether the changes are a temporary response to harder times or mark a significant shift in the way UK consumers shop.

UK: Lidl tests small-scale format

22 Aug 2008

German discounter Lidl has dipped its toe in the convenience sector with the launch a Lidl Express test store in north London, the company revealed today (22 August).

UK: "Clear price message" driving growth - TNS

20 Aug 2008

UK retailers with a “clear price message” are enjoying the strongest sales in the market, according to the latest data released by research analysts TNS.

JAPAN: Aeon "mulling" discount format

7 Aug 2008

Aeon, the Japanese retailer, is reportedly considering plans to open hard-discount stores in its domestic market.

Top stories on just-food - 25 July

25 Jul 2008

The confidence that private equity has in the food sector came to the fore again this week with Lion Capital's move to buy two household names - Young's and Findus.

UK: Aldi, Lidl march on - TNS

22 Jul 2008

Discount retailers Aldi and Lidl continue to gain share of a growing UK grocery market, according to figures out today (22 July).

UK: Tesco coy over "own-label push"

14 Jul 2008

Tesco is staying tight-lipped over reports that it is set to launch a range of own-brand products in the UK in a bid to claw back customers turning to cheaper rivals.

UK: Food retail loyalty a “fierce battleground”

11 Jul 2008

British consumers are more disloyal than ever before with the retailers they use, with food a particularly fierce battleground, according to new research.

GERMANY/UK: Aldi outlines UK expansion plans

1 Jul 2008

Aldi, the German discount retailer, has earmarked investment of GBP1.5bn (US$2.6bn) for the UK market as it looks to further tap into consumer concern over rising food prices.

FRANCE: Le Graet to double capacity

26 Jun 2008

Celtigel, a subsidiary of Brittany-based seafood frozen ready meals specialist Le Graet, is investing EUR16m (US$25.17m) in doubling its production capacity.

UK: Tesco, Sainsbury's lose ground - TNS

24 Jun 2008

Tesco and Sainsbury’s have marginally lost their share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest figures from research analysts TNS Worldpanel.

UK: Sainsbury’s sees consumers make high-low trade-off

19 Jun 2008

UK retailer Sainsbury’s has seen sales of value and premium own-brand products rise as consumers look to cut spending on basic items whilst still treating themselves to premium foods.

GERMANY: Discounters “at a crossroads” - Accenture

18 Jun 2008

Germany’s discounters, the dominant force in the country’s food retail sector, are “at a crossroads” and must adapt to ensure they can continue to grow sales in the future, industry watchers said today (18 June).

GERMANY: Milk strike ends to pave way for talks

6 Jun 2008

German farmers have ended their ten-day strike after winning assurances from major retailers that milk prices would increase.

US/UK: Economic slowdown benefits discounters

30 Apr 2008

With the global economy teetering on recession, discount retailers in the US and UK are reaping the benefits of the economic downturn.

GERMANY: Rewe ready to pounce for Plus

28 Apr 2008

German retailer Rewe has signalled its interest in the Plus discount chain, should the country’s competition regulator block the sale to local rival Edeka.

POLAND: Lidl denies plans to exit market

23 Apr 2008

German retailer Lidl has told just-food today (23 April) that, contrary to local reports, the retailer has no intention of exiting the Polish market.

GERMANY: Snooping on staff forces Edeka to act

3 Apr 2008

Edeka has become the latest German retailer to get caught up in the controversy over the secret monitoring of staff.

GERMANY: Lidl denies spying allegations

27 Mar 2008

German discounter Lidl told just-food today (27 March) that it did not use secret cameras in its stores to spy on staff.

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