United Kingdom news

07 February 2013
Ocado has confirmed gross sales grew by 11.4% to £716.2m for the 52 week period of 2012. The pure play retailer expanded its range by 40% during the year to reach 28,000 SKUs, as CEO Tim Steiner aims to move from 'supermarket to hypermarket' status. EBITDA was up 20.4% to £33.5m, although the retailer recorded a loss before tax of £1.0m this narrowed to £0.6m looking at the 53 year period. Gross m...
07 February 2013
M&S has created a dedicated team to experiment with new technology, according to reports in Retail Week. It also intends to open Simply Food stores in France. Digital lab to introduce 'start up' mentality According to the report, the digital lab will be central in driving M&S'  multi-channel ambitions, with a start-up, agile mentality helping the retailer to evaluate and develop cutting edge ...
07 February 2013
It has been revealed that US-based global warehouse club operator, Costco will open a further two depots in the UK during 2013 taking its total number of units in the country to 25.  This will make 2013 something of a bumper year for Costco.  In its twenty years of operating in the country new openings have averaged little more than one every twelve months. Depot twenty-four for Farnborough, Hamp...
07 February 2013
We highlight the stores you’ve looked at the most on Retail Analysis in January Aldi, Atherstone, UK : an increasingly potent format Source: IGD research With the discount channel growing rapidly, this store demonstrates many of the reasons why discounters are trading so successfully. The store has developed its product range through investing in NPD acr...
06 February 2013
Lidl UK has recently launched two new digital campaigns through its Facebook page. The first is to encourage shoppers to "Like" its page to receive a £5 voucher to spend in-store and the second is an unusual Valentine's Day initiative. Building its fan-base As a "thank you" to its 250,000 Facebook fans, Lidl recently offered all Facebook users who "Liked" its page a voucher to print off...
06 February 2013
You might have heard of 'gamification' – it's becoming an industry buzzword as consumer goods companies use it to engage with shoppers, reward loyalty and gain a competitive edge. We explain how it's developing and how it could help keep your businesses agile. What is 'gamification'? Gamification, in simple terms, is applying the principles of video or computer games to other contexts. Th...
05 February 2013
Booths, the upmarket retailer based predominantly in the North West of England is to revamp its wine department. Revamped own-label The retailer has signalled it is going to change the look and feel of its wine offer by adding tasting tables and new merchandising, whilst also revamping its own-label wine across its 28 stores. Booths is keen to keep the pressure on rivals Majestic Wine ...
05 February 2013
The latest monthly release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor indicates that UK retail sales grew by 3% in January 2013, the highest level of growth since September 2012.  Like-for-like growth was 1.9%, the highest rate of uplift for 13 months.  While January 2012 presents something of a soft comparative, this year's performance was in spite of extensive disruption of normal s...
05 February 2013
Tesco is reported to be developing a new free online TV service using the Clubcard TV brand. Free TV and movie service According to The Grocer, Tesco has built a website that would give free  online access to thousands of TV shows and a regularly updated selection of movies. The website uses the caption "The home of free movies and TV for all the family" and will in future offer personalis...
04 February 2013
Morrisons has acquired seven former Jessops stores for its growing M Local format 50 new stores this year The retailer has today announced it has acquired seven former Jessops stores from administrators which are expected to open under the M local banner.  Morrisons has reported its intention to open 50 new M Local stores this year, highlighting the strategic focus the retailer is placing on...