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17 October 2022
In September 2022, Waitrose reported sales were down 5% in total and like-for-like terms during the 26 weeks to 30 July. These latest initiatives are just some of the ways it is trying to attract more shoppers into its stores and reverse declining sales. The return of free coffee Later this month, Waitrose is going to reintroduce its popular free coffee offer for myWaitrose holders.  With...
17 October 2022
With the cost-of-living crisis engulfing shoppers from all walks of life, the need for retailers to assist has become clear. Most have stepped up with a variety of value-led endeavours including everyday low prices, price cuts, loyalty initiatives and private label development. Brands launching initiatives to support shoppers too From a brand perspective, initiatives have included the launc...
14 October 2022
Halloween is fast approaching, and it’s the first time in three years many have been able to mark the occasion in person. But even with the pandemic hopefully behind us, the cost-of-living crisis provides shoppers with a different challenge. As shopper confidence remains low , will shoppers still plan on celebrating Halloween in the current climate, and if so, how? Pumpkin carving proving p...
13 October 2022
Poundland owners Pepco Group released its year end results, for the year ending 30 September 2022, which showed like-for-like sales at the Poundland Group, which includes stores under the Dealz banner in Ireland, Poland, and Spain, grew by 2.6%. Total sales grew by 5.0%, at constant currencies, to £1.87 bn. Pepco Group’s revenue increased by 5.2% to €4.82 bn. What is driving growth for Poundl...
13 October 2022
Stuart Machin’s nine point plan aims to accelerate M&S’s food growth and rebalance the overall business amid ongoing cost pressures. It ranges from cutting the cost base to improving the omnichannel experience. 10-15% increase in space for food While closure of 67 M&S department stores (including food) has made the headlines, the retailer is simultaneously planning to open 104 Simply Foo...
12 October 2022
Bewiched Coffee has opened its first franchised site and launched its first express format as part of its partnership with the Heart of England Co-operative Society. Source: IGD Research Bewiched was founded in 2010 in Northampton. The chain now has 15 sites in the Midlands and Cambridgeshire, including a drive-thru site which opened last year and is Europe’s first purpose-bui...
11 October 2022
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) for September indicates UK sales grew by 2.2%, with stronger growth in core non-food categories, such as clothing and footwear, pushing performance ahead of August. However, underlying growth is weak as volumes struggle and inflation accounts for much of the value uplift. Inflation driving up food growth ...
11 October 2022
The latest release from Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 2 October 2022 total till roll consumer spend in Great Britain rose by 4.8%, up from 3.8% in the previous reporting period. Inflation continued to drive value growth, with volume sales continuing to contract. Average annual grocery bill rises again Sales growth continued to ...
10 October 2022
M&S continues to look for ways to provide a seamless shopping experience for its shoppers and extend its reach, through new partnerships. M&S launches Sparks Pay In its quest to provide a more personalised and seamless customer experience, M&S has launched Sparks Pay for its members, in conjunction with M&S Bank. Sparks customers have exclusive access to Sparks Pay, which offers digital cre...
06 October 2022
September was a historic month with the sad passing of our longest reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Alongside this, we saw a new Prime Minister appointed and the ‘mini budget’ that was announced on the 23rd of September. Every month on ShopperVista, we talk to over 1,000 British food and grocery shoppers to explore their behaviour, missions, sentiment and preferences across a range of diff...