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

30 Jun 2014

In a week when ConAgra Foods faced uncomfortable questions over its performance, Ben & Jerry's waded into the GMO-debate and the UK government revealed that it is looking at various ways to curb sugar consumption - including fiscal levers - here is just-food's week in words.

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

24 Jun 2014

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.

DENMARK: 2013 sales, EBIT up at Dansk Supermarked

7 Mar 2014

Denmark-based retailer Dansk Supermarked, which is set to switch owners, has reported higher operating profit and sales for 2013.

DENMARK: Maersk denies Dansk Supermarked disposal reports

25 Oct 2013

Dansk Supermarked owner Maersk Holding has denied reports the company is looking to divest the Danish supermarket chain.

On the money: Sainsbury's: own label key to seeing off discount threat

2 Oct 2013

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has suggested investment in own label is a key weapon for mainstream grocers as discounters Aldi and Lidl continue to win sales in the UK.

GERMANY: FY sales climb at retail giant Edeka

29 Apr 2013

German retailer Edeka has booked an increase in full-year sales, with growth in each of its divisions.

FRANCE: Retail and manufacturing growth at Les Mosquetaires

12 Feb 2013

French food retailer and manufacturer Les Mousquetaires saw its sales increase by more than 5% in 2012, with supermarket chain Intermarché gaining market share and higher revenues at its production arm.

GERMANY: Edeka sells Netto stake to Dansk Supermarked

2 Jan 2013

German food retailer Edeka has divested its minority stake in discount chain Netto Stavenhagen.

UK: Asda records rise in profits

9 Oct 2012

UK retailer Asda has booked an increase in profit last year, despite a "challenging" period for the economy and despite its new chain of small stores incurring losses.

UK: Morrisons loses ground to rivals - Kantar

11 Sep 2012

UK retailer Morrisons lost ground to its bigger rivals Asda and Sainsbury's, Kantar Worldpanel claimed today (11 September) as they issued their latest sales data on the country's grocery sector.

Talking shop: Price-driven Asda prospers - for now

18 May 2012

Asda, the UK's second-largest retailer, has reported "market-leading growth" in early weeks of 2012. Analysts say Asda's focus on price has helped the retailer gain shoppers from the likes of Tesco and Morrisons, although, if and when the economy recovers, it may need to demonstrate it can offer consumers more. Dean Best reports.

DENMARK: Netto UK sale hits profits at retailer Dansk Supermarked

17 May 2012

The sale of Dansk Supermarked's Netto stores in the UK to Asda has hit profits at the Denmark-based retailer.

Focus: Can discounters maintain UK momentum?

27 Apr 2012

Since the onset of the downturn, German discounters Aldi and Lidl have, for the most part, been able to grow sales ahead of the UK's four largest grocery retailers. Andrew Don investigates whether they can maintain momentum after the country's now double-dip recession.

UK: Discounters, Waitrose outperform middle ground - Kantar

24 Apr 2012

The top- and bottom-end of the UK grocery market is outperforming the middle ground, with the discounters and Waitrose benefitting from the hourglass effect and witnessing faster sales growth than the country's largest supermarkets.

Comment: Tesco faces bumpy road to UK recovery

17 Apr 2012

A year ago, when Philip Clarke took the reins as chief executive of Tesco, one City analyst told just-food that the retailer's new boss was likely to only have to "fine-tune" the business than "rebuild the engine".

UK: Tesco market share remains weak as Asda hits new high

27 Mar 2012

Asda has grown its market share to an all-time high as the impact of last year's acquisition of Netto's UK stores boosted sales.

In the spotlight: Food makers still face commodity pressure

27 Mar 2012

We are just days away from the end of the first quarter of 2012, a year in which manufacturers were hoping the pressure of last year's commodity inflation would ease significantly. However, those hopes may not materialise as quickly as many manufacturing giants expect.

Best bits: Iceland Foods seals week of headlines for UK retail

12 Mar 2012

It was, in the end, no major surprise. But it did mark the end of a saga that had lasted the best part of two years. A consortium led by Malcolm Walker, founder and chief executive of UK frozen food retailer Iceland Foods, has taken over the company.

Comment: Well-regarded Waitrose still needs to adapt

9 Mar 2012

Waitrose, the upmarket UK retailer, has proved one of the success stories of the downturn and, despite a fall in profits in 2011, industry watchers remain upbeat about its performance, strategy and prospects. But, Dean Best writes, there are areas in which Waitrose still needs to improve.

UK: Tesco loses market share - Kantar

28 Feb 2012

Tesco has seen its share of the UK grocery market fall to its lowest level for seven years, according to data issued by Kantar Worldpanel.

US: Margin fears hit Wal-Mart shares

21 Feb 2012

Shares in Wal-Mart Stores fell today (21 February) after the retail giant admitted price cuts in the US had led to lower margins from its local operations in the last quarter of its financial year.

UK: Asda sales growth slows

21 Feb 2012

Asda, the UK's second-largest retailer, saw its sales growth slow in the final quarter of its financial year.

Promo Tracker: Asda upped discounts in December

13 Jan 2012

Asda, unlike Tesco and Sainsbury's, increased its number of promotions in December, according to data from just-food's Promo Tracker.

UK: Asda, Sainsbury's gain market share - Kantar

10 Jan 2012

Asda and Sainsbury's have increased their share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest data from Kantar Wordpanel, which includes the run-up to Christmas.

UK: Asda, Aldi grow fastest in "disloyal" Christmas - Nielsen

9 Jan 2012

Asda and Aldi enjoyed the fastest sales growth in the UK in the run-up to Christmas, according to data issued by Nielsen.

UK: Big Price Drop hits Tesco's market share - Kantar

6 Dec 2011

Tesco's Big Price Drop promotional campaign has hit its share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Focus: Ahold need not fear Jumbo C1000 alliance - analysts

29 Nov 2011

Analysts say Jumbo's acquisition of rival retailer C1000 will not threaten the balance of power in the Dutch grocery sector.

UK: Asda like-for-like sales accelerate in Q3

15 Nov 2011

UK supermarket giant Asda saw its like-for-like sales growth accelerate in the third quarter of its financial year.

GERMANY: Edeka confirms international plans

14 Nov 2011

German grocery retailer Edeka has confirmed it is looking to expand into foreign markets as part of its plans for future growth.

On the money: Sainsbury's aims to shed price perception

9 Nov 2011

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King today (9 November) heralded the company's work to alter consumer's perceptions of the supermarket's position on price - but admitted there is still work to do.





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