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09 November 2022
As part of its total H1 results update, M&S highlighted the continued progress it was making with its Foods business. Total sales at M&S Food rose 5.6% to £3.3 bn in the first half, for the 26 weeks ending 1 October, with the pace of growth slowing slightly in Q2, when it stood at 4.5%, versus 6.6% in Q1. Rise in footfall and transactions offset by fall in basket value… M&S Food’s growth wa...
09 November 2022
We round-up the latest Christmas adverts from the UK’s grocery retailers. The common theme for 2022 sees the adverts focus on how retailers are looking to help people spread festive cheer in the face of the cost-of-living crisis. Tesco: budget-friendly Christmas Tesco’s Christmas campaign acknowledges the cost-of-living crisis as it spotlights its budget-friendly range and value-led prom...
08 November 2022
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) shows that UK retail sales grew by just 1.6% in October. Within this total, inflation-driven food and drink upsides were offset by notably restrained sales in non-food as shoppers steered away from bigger ticket purchases; delaying planned spend until the upcoming sales events in the second half of November. F...
03 November 2022
Iceland is increasing its value-led marketing in-store and online to attract shoppers’ during the cost-of-living crisis. We round up some of the retailer’s recent campaigns. 1. Highlighting its three for £10 offer Iceland launched its three for £10 promotion this summer. The promotion is across 200 products, allowing shoppers to save up to £5 with every purchase. Source: IGD Rese...
03 November 2022
One of Marks & Spencer’s strategic priorities is to provide trusted value for shoppers. The retailer has recently invested £200m into value across food, clothing and home and continues to grow its value ‘Remarksable’ range. To prove to its customers its commitment to supporting them with rising living costs, M&S Food is extending its price lock through to the new year. Price lock extended on...
03 November 2022
Sainsbury’s has published its half-year results, noting grocery sales were up 0.2% in H1, with an acceleration to 3.8% in the second quarter as lockdown comparatives eased, market price inflation accelerated and shoppers responded to warm weather. Broad based improvement in Q2, following challenging Q1 General merchandise sales were down 6.1% in H1, but up 1.2% in Q2, driven by improved ava...
02 November 2022
Northern Ireland SPAR distributor, Hendersons has re-opened its extensively remodeled SPAR store at Mallusk in Country Antrim including the first ever drive-thru execution of its proprietary hot coffee brand Barista Bar. Located in a largely commercial zone, the new Mallusk store has a significant demand for food and drinks-to-go to meet the daily needs of the local working population and drive-t...
02 November 2022
Major London-based cash & carry wholesaler, Dhamecha is to acquire two depots from midlands operator Hyperama in Nottingham and West Bromwich. This purchase will take Dhamecha’s total estate to 12 depots, increasing its presence in the midlands to four sites, with its existing locations in Leicester and Birmingham. New sites to sustain Dhamecha’s strong record of growth Against a background...
02 November 2022
Christmas is rapidly approaching and businesses in the eating out sector are already trying to get customers in the Christmas spirit by showcasing their festive menus and encouraging early bookings. Despite Covid restrictions being less of a concern this year, there is still high uncertainty caused by the cost of living crisis, with the industry already being impacted by lower consumer spend...
02 November 2022
Q3 2022 saw many significant events from the sad passing of Queen Elizabeth II to a new prime minister and the announcement of the ‘mini budget’. With an uncertain winter ahead, shoppers are more focused than ever on saving money . Rising food inflation has left shoppers’ budgets squeezed, which has led to low shopper confidence as they navigate the rising cost of living. Every quarter on...