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FRANCE: Intermarche names Cotillard director of purchasing

18 Oct 2011

French retail group Les Mousquetaires has appointed Thierry Cotillard as director for purchasing for its Intermarché and Netto divisions.

UK: Iceland CEO Walker to "shun first-round bids"

17 Oct 2011

Malcolm Walker, the founder and current CEO of Iceland Foods, will reportedly not make an offer to buy the remaining shares in the UK food retailer in the first round of bidding.

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

17 Oct 2011

After losing the support of the Metro Group board, CEO Dr Eckhard Cordes this week announced his plan to leave the world's third-largest retailer by next year. Elsewhere in retail, Sainsbury's made its latest move in the battle for the UK's deal-hungry consumers and the country's retailers met at the annual IGD conference. On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, PepsiCo brushed off the latest questions on whether the company was considering to split in two.

UK: Asda CEO heralds Netto and own-label milestones

12 Oct 2011

Sales at former UK Netto stores converted to Asda's supermarket format have jumped 45% since the takeover of the business, Asda CEO Andy Clarke has said.

UK: Asda appoints two new execs

12 Sep 2011

Asda's president and CEO Andy Clarke has announced two new appointments to the retailer's executive team.

UK: Asda Q2 sales up, Netto deal hits profits

16 Aug 2011

UK retailer Asda increased sales during the second quarter but saw profits fall due to costs linked to its acquisition of Netto's local business.

UK: Morrisons appoints Credit Suisse to advise on potential Iceland bid

12 Aug 2011

Morrisons has confirmed that it has appointed Credit Suisse to advise it a potential bid for frozen food retailer Iceland Foods.

UK: Asda promotes McKeon to commercial director role

26 Jul 2011

UK retailer Asda has named Adrian McKeon as its new grocery commercial director.

UK: Food inflation drives UK grocery growth - Kantar

19 Jul 2011

Inflation is driving growth in the UK's grocery sector, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

On the move: Challenges lie ahead for new Asda COO McKenna

5 Jul 2011

Judith McKenna's rise to COO of Asda has been welcomed by the industry but, with the retailer facing a series of challenges, including declining market shares, the role is set to be a challenging one. Petah Marian reports.

UK: Asda finance chief McKenna promoted to COO

1 Jul 2011

Asda finance chief Judith McKenna has been named as the UK retailer's COO.

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

1 Jul 2011

Casino's anger towards the Diniz Group intensified this week as it became clear that its fellow shareholder in CBD had been in talks to merge the Brazilian retailer with the local operations of Carrefour. Meanwhile, Thorntons announced plans to slash its store estate and Premier Foods plc surprised analysts with an unexpected profit warning.

UK: Co-op acquires Netto stores from Asda

24 Jun 2011

The Co-operative Group has purchase three former Netto stores from UK retailer Asda for an undisclosed sum.

Talking shop: Who's in the running for Iceland? - what the analysts say

25 May 2011

With Landsbanki's stake in Iceland Foods now up for grabs, both UK grocery retailers and private-equity firms are being touted as potential bidders for the frozen-food operator.

UK: Morrisons acquires more Netto stores

25 May 2011

UK supermarket group Morrisons has entered into an agreement to acquire a further two former Netto UK stores from Asda.

UK: Asda, Morrisons touted as rival Iceland bidders

23 May 2011

Asda and Morrisons could emerge as rival bidders for UK frozen-food retailer Iceland Foods, according to a leading retail analyst.

UK: Asda makes "solid" start to Q1, says Wal-Mart

17 May 2011

Asda, the UK's second-largest retailer, made a "solid" start to 2011, its parent company Wal-Mart Stores said today (17 May), with underlying like-for-like sales up 0.8% in the first quarter of the year.

In the spotlight: Sainsbury's faces margin worries

12 May 2011

Sainsbury's heralded its annual results yesterday (11 May) with claims that it "outperformed the market". In some quarters of the City, however, concerns remain that the UK's third-largest retailer, facing fierce competition and a weak consumer, is feeling pressure on its margins.

DENMARK: Dansk Supermarked Q1 profit down

11 May 2011

Danish retailer Dansk Supermarked said today (11 May) that it saw its profits decline in the first quarter as Easter slid into the company's second quarter.

GERMANY: Edeka plans Netto expansion

28 Apr 2011

German retailer Edeka has indicated that it is going on the attack in the discount sector with the planned opening of 1,000 Netto outlets in Germany.

UK: Woodhead Bakery saved from administration

18 Apr 2011

Former Morrisons supplier Woodhead Bakery has been saved from administration after being sold to two buyers on Saturday (16 April).

UK: Haldane "doubles store estate" with Netto buy

14 Apr 2011

UK retailer Haldane Retail Group announced today (14 April) that it had doubled its store estate with the acquisition of some 20 former Netto stores in the country.

UK: Dansk Supermarked completes Netto sale to Asda

13 Apr 2011

Dansk Supermarked owner A.P. Moller-Maersk has confirmed today (13 April) that it has completed its sale of its UK Netto stores to Asda.

UK: Asda's Netto buy gains OFT approval

9 Mar 2011

Asda has confirmed that the Office of Fair Trading will not refer its acquisition of Netto's UK operations to the Competition Commission.

SWEDEN: Netto denies making Lidl bid

25 Feb 2011

The managing director of discount retailer Netto's international division has denied speculation that the retailer is bidding for Lidl's Swedish operations.

DENMARK: Dansk Supermarked sees revenue, profit gains

23 Feb 2011

Dansk Supermarked Group, the retail arm of Danish oil and container shipping conglomerate A.P. Moller-Maersk, has seen a modest rise in sales and earnings for fiscal 2010.

Talking shop: What is the future of convenience?

11 Feb 2011

The major UK grocery retailers only account for some 4,000 of the 48,000 stores operating in the country's fast-growing convenience sector, making it ripe for growth.

UK: Waitrose and Aldi gain share as market diverges

1 Feb 2011

Upmarket UK retailer Waitrose and discounter Aldi have both gained share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest figures from analysts at Kantar Worldpanel.

UK: Asda exec McKeon joins Netto to aid integration

1 Feb 2011

Ade McKeon, Asda's category director for beers wines and spirits has joined Netto UK as integration trading manager.

Talking shop: UK retailer fortunes ruled by snow business

14 Jan 2011

A clutch of the UK's largest food retailers this week revealed how they had performed over the Christmas period, when the country saw some of its worst weather for 20 years. As Richard Woodard reports, there were clear winners and losers.





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