United Kingdom news

13 September 2022
The latest release from Kantar, based on data from its 30,000-strong shopper panel, indicates that in the 12-weeks to 4 September 2022 total till roll consumer spend in Great Britain rose by 3.8%. It noted this was the third month in a row the market had seen growth, following more than a year of declines, due to challenging comparisons driven by the pandemic. Discounters benefiting from risin...
13 September 2022
As the Competition and Markets Authority publishes its report into Morrisons takeover of McColl’s and the Asda on the Move banner continues to open new stores, we round up developments from the channel. Morrisons takeover of McColl’s will ‘ not harm the vast majority of shoppers or other businesses ’ The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its results of its initial invest...
09 September 2022
On 18th August, BrewDog opened their new flagship bar in Waterloo. Their biggest UK bar to date spans across two floors and contains an on-site microbrewery, podcast studio, duckpin bowling and even an ice-cream van! From the offset, their 50/50 messaging (50% of the profits are shared with all 200 employees) is prevalent outside and throughout the bar. Last week we visited the site to see wha...
08 September 2022
Boots plans to launch an online marketplace on in Spring 2023, while the retailer has also released a new affordable range of ‘everyday’ essentials with products priced at £1.50 or less. Expanding its digital offering Boots will launch an online marketplace to enable third-party brands of any size to list their products on Boots’ online platform. The marketplace launch is planned for spring...
08 September 2022
As Waitrose launches a new price-focused campaign, Poundland extends its offer and Boots launches an ‘everyday’ value range, we round up developments in the market. Poundland doubles number of products being sold for £1… Poundland is to extend its range of products being sold for £1 as it looks to support shoppers facing up to the challenges of the cost-of-living crisis. The retailer said t...
06 September 2022
The latest release from the British Retail Consortium Retail Sales Monitor (BRC-RSM) shows that UK August retail sales growth slowed to just 1.0% at a total level.  A significant fall in clothing sales, the category which has been the most robust non-food performer this year, could signal the start of shoppers pulling back from non-essential spending as cost-of-living increases start to impact. ...
05 September 2022
As Sainsbury’s invests in its offer and promotes how it is supporting shoppers to save, we round up developments from the retailer. Sainsbury’s to invest a further £60m in its offer… Sainsbury’s is to invest GB£60m in its offer across its three value-driving schemes, Aldi Price Match, Price Lock, and Special Offers. The retailer said the investment was part of its commitment to invest GB£50...
05 September 2022
As Iceland continues to battle with rising costs and collaborates with Del Monte to support the NHS Healthy Start scheme, we round news from the retailer. Iceland to ‘ halt store openings ’ as costs rise In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Iceland’s managing director, Richard Walker, has said the retailer has had to pause new store openings after the company’s energy bill more than dou...
02 September 2022
Boots UK reported a slight decline in total sales, of 2.3%, in its 2021 fiscal year, following on from a contraction of 10.8% in 2020. However, its operating profit improved by £253m, seeing it generate a profit of £8m in the year. Less impact from COVID-19 accounts for better performance Boots UK’s revenue decreased by 2.3% to £5.8 bn for the year ending 31 August 2021. On a like-for-lik...
02 September 2022
Asda has unveiled a new toy concept at some of its larger stores. ‘The Big Asda Toy Shop’ is the latest iteration of Asda’s toy departments following a ten-month trial that saw toy specialist The Entertainer take over the Asda toy sections in 11 stores. Source: IGD Research The cessation of the trial was revealed in November 2021. As reported by Toy World , a message from Asda’s...