Retail and consumer goods industry news

17 January 2013
China is home to the world's largest internet-using population. Whilst e-commerce currently accounts for around 4.3% of total sales, it is an area highlighted for stratospheric growth. We look ahead at how this will shape the grocery retailing landscape in China in our special analysis - China's e-commerce explosion. 2013: China online news round-up Following last November's record-breaking S...
17 January 2013
Leading UK wholesaler Booker has announced performance figures for the third quarter of its 2012/13 financial year, with total sales up 3.1%.  Sales of non-tobacco products provided the strongest element of growth up 4.2%, while tobacco sales (still accounting for around a third of the total) increased by 1.3%. Growth primarily like-for-like Much of Booker's total growth is being generate...
17 January 2013
Swiss retailer Volg grew turnover by 2.4% in 2012, and grew store numbers by 26, to 916. Forecourt stores performed best The group's main growth engine, Volg village stores, reported 0.4% turnover growth to CHR1.07bn.  The forecourt fascia TopShop was the best performer, growing sales by 14% to CHF180m.  Volg said its strategy of focusing on proximity and convenience was paying off in the...
16 January 2013
Zabka has announced that it will add a further 400 stores in 2013 as part of its aim to operate 5,000 in the country by the end of 2017, up from 3,000 at the end of 2012. Company to expand organically and through acquisitions To meet its target in 2013, Zabka said it would invest PLN1.5 billion in adding new stores under both the Zabka and Freshmarket brands. Expansion will come about both th...
16 January 2013
Blakemore Trade Partners, the Blakemore division responsible for supporting independent SPAR stores across Wales, the midlands and the south-east, is the latest operation in the SPAR UK network to launch phased promotions across its member stores.  Starting from 17 January, Blakemore will introduce a new phased cycle of promotions that will see a succession of new promotions implemented in each we...
16 January 2013
It has been reported that The Co-operative Food has appointed Sainsbury's Andrew Mann to the newly created role of customer director, and Howard Reed, former New Look and Asda director, has been appointed to the newly created role of food chief information officer. A breadth of experience Andrew Mann is currently the director of insight and loyalty at Sainsbury's . He has previously hel...
16 January 2013
South Africa-based Shoprite has said that during the six months to December 2012, Group turnover rose by 13.8% to ZAR46.7 billion, with like-for-like sales up by 6.9%. Home market operations see good growth At its stores in South Africa Shoprite said that sales had risen by 11.5%, aided by like-for-like sales growth of 6.2%. The company said that sales in December alone were up by 10.8%, wi...
16 January 2013
Metro Group has reported sales growth of 1.2% to €66.7bn for the full year 2012, delivering earnings in line with its revised guidance of €2bn. Christmas trading "satisfactory" Q4 saw a slow start to Christmas trading, but momentum gained towards the end of the year and Metro has described the result as "satisfactory", particularly at Media-Saturn which saw sales grow by 1.3% during the pe...
16 January 2013
Casino has reported Q4 2012 sales of €12,856m, up 35% on a total basis following the full consolidation of Latin American operations and up 3% on an organic basis. While international sales grew by 76% during the quarter, domestic sales declined 3% as household consumption lagged. For a detailed sales breakdown click here . French hypermarkets down more than 10% Net sales in France declin...
16 January 2013
South Africa-based Woolworths has announced group results for the first 26 week period of its 2013 financial year, saying that like-for-like sales had risen by 9.4% and by 18% in total, driven by the performance of its clothing range. Good progress across all product categories The company said that in South Africa it had enjoyed positive sales growth across all areas of its business: C...