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The future of Whole Foods, 7-Eleven's latest US deal could help foodservice offer, M&S eyeing online - retail round-up, April 2017

9 May 2017

The performance of (and potential future for) Whole Foods Market hit the retail headlines in April but how should the US natural and organic grocer look to improve? Staying in the US, a notable acquisition by convenience-store giant 7-Eleven caught the eye. Meanwhile, in Europe, upmarket UK grocer Marks and Spencer looks, after years of shying away, set to take the plunge into the online channel.

US: Whole Foods buys Arizona, California stores from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace

2 Apr 2014

Whole Foods Market is to buy four stores from local US retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

US: Sprouts forecasts 13% jump in Q1 LFL sales

27 Mar 2014

US natural and organic retailer Sprouts Farmers Market has forecast comparable-store sales in the first quarter of its financial year will rise by 12.5%.

US: Sprouts Farmers Market ends "record year" on high

28 Feb 2014

Share prices in Sprouts Farmers Markets rose in pre-trading in New York today (28 February) after the US retailer posted higher fourth-quarter sales and earnings.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read analysis

19 Dec 2013

Our discussion of Whole Foods' battle to see off newly-listed rivals Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway, Unilever's ongoing moves to rationalise its portfolio, the impact Chinese demand was having on global infant formula supplies and the continued M&A in the sector were among the most popular analysis articles on just-food this year.

US: Sprouts Farmers Market Q3 earnings climb

8 Nov 2013

US speciality retailer Sprouts Farmers Market has booked an increase in third-quarter earnings and updated its earnings guidance for the full year.

US: Sprouts H1 earnings double on sales gains

23 Aug 2013

Sprouts Farmers Market has booked an increase in earnings for the first half of the year, boosted by a near-50% increase in sales in the period.

On the money: Hain looks to new financial year with confidence

22 Aug 2013

An upbeat Hain Celestial has said continued sales growth in the US and in the UK, as well as productivity savings - including from the integration of recent acquisition Ella's Kitchen - will help it grow profits in the next 12 months.

Talking shop: Whole Foods can see off natural, organic rivals

7 Aug 2013

For all the recent headlines around the IPOs of US natural and organic retailers Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway Group Holdings, Whole Foods Market remains the one to watch, writes Dean Best.

US: Retailer Sprouts Farmers Market prices IPO

23 Jul 2013

US speciality retailer Sprouts Farmers Market has set out the price at which it plans to sell shares in its IPO.

Interview: Walkers Shortbread US arm targets year-round sales

12 Jul 2013

UK baker Walkers Shortbread generates over 40% of its sales outside its domestic market. The family-owned biscuit firm's largest export market is the US. Dean Best spoke to Steve Dawson, CEO of Walkers Shortbread's US arm, about the company's business across the Atlantic and plans for growth.

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