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Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons

Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons

December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month. 

CANADA: Sobeys profits decline in tough environment

Canadian grocer Sobeys has booked a decline in profit for the first nine-months of the year, impacted by "competitive intensity", costs associated with the acquisition of Safeway's stores and a…

CANADA: Loblaw sees space race easing in H2

Canadian retail giant Loblaw has predicted the recent space expansion seen in the country's grocery sector will "moderate" in the second half of the year. Rivals Metro Inc and Sobeys…