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Morrisons announces new and expanded wholesale partnerships


Morrisons has announced a number of new wholesale partnerships, including the roll out of its Morrisons Daily convenience store fascia to further stores.

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A.F. Blakemore & Son announces improved annual results


Spar wholesaler and retailer AF Blakemore & Son is “energised and ready for the year ahead”, after a year of investment and reorganisation.

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IGD predicts further growth for the UK convenience sector


The UK convenience market is set to grow by £6.9bn in the next five years, to reach £48.2bn by 2024, according to a new forecast from IGD.

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Products preview: The Co-op Christmas 2019


Christmas Day is only five months away and the 2019 season marks the first time that retailers supplied by Nisa and Costcutter can access The Co-op Group’s festive range of own-label products. Do any of the following take your fancy?

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Bestway Retail “100% stabilised” and reviewing store estate


Bargain Booze owner Bestway Retail is conducting a “root and branch” review of all its franchise and company-owned estate to inform a mission-led approach to store formats in the future, according to chief retail officer Andy Cresswell.


Own label sales rise by 42.5% at Nisa stores


Sales of own-label have soared at Nisa outlets in the past year, with one in four products sold through Nisa now an own label one.


Tesco hints at upmarket convenience store concept


Tesco has dropped a strong hint that it is developing a new, more upmarket convenience store format.

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Tesco sales boosted by Booker’s like-for-like 3.1% growth


Tesco has announced a 3.1% increase in like-for-like sales across Booker in the 13 weeks to 25 May, despite a slowdown in the group’s underlying UK sales growth.


Morrisons' wholesale business drives first quarter growth


Morrisons’ wholesale business drove the multiple forward in the first quarter, with a 2.1% increase in like-for-like sales compared with just 0.2% from retail.

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Sainsbury's profits slump in wake of failed Asda merger


Sainsbury’s pre-tax profits plunged 41.6% to £239m in the year to 9 March, driven in part by the failure of its proposed merger with Asda.

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Londis celebrates 60 years with programme of new deals


Londis is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year with a host of promotional activity including consumer prize draws.

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CMA blocks merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda over price concerns


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda after concluding that “UK shoppers would be worse off”.

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Nisa retailers seeing rewards of Co-op deal


Almost one year on from the Co-op Group’s takeover of Nisa, store owners are receiving their first trading-related share payments and painting an improving picture of margins and store support, but say that plenty more still needs to be done.

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Co-op finalising franchise plans with Nisa and Costcutter retailers


A number of independent Nisa and Costcutter retailers are set to become Co-op franchisees by the end of the financial year, C-Store has learned.


Co-op Group food growth at seven-year high after Nisa buyout


The Co-op Group has announced the fastest growth in its food business in seven years, and a 4.4% rise in like-for-like food sales, following the acquisition of Nisa last year.

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One in six products sold via Nisa now Co-op branded


Co-op own brand products now account for 16% of all Nisa sales volume, or one in six products sold, the group has reported.

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Wholesale buying group Confex eyes digital-driven growth


Wholesale buying group Confex has revealed its three-year strategy for growing its business and increasing membership, with a focus on digital and app-based platforms.


Nisa and Costcutter stores get access to 1,000 more Co-op lines


Nisa is set to roll out a further 1,000 Co-op own brand products to independent Nisa and Costcutter stores, which will subsequently have access to more than 80% of the full Co-op range.


Costcutter claims to have turned a corner after annual sales drop


The latest accounts for Costcutter Supermarkets Group show that the organisation has continued to lose money in 2018, but the management team remains confident that the group has turned a corner back into positive territory following the new supply deal with the Co-op.

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Sainsbury's and Asda offer to sell stores to secure merger


Sainsbury’s and Asda have offered to sell up to 150 supermarkets and a number of convenience stores to allow their proposed merger to go ahead, amid concerns raised by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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University of Kent next in line to open Co-op franchise stores


Two university-based Co-op franchise stores are set to open in Kent, following the launch of the pioneering Leeds University franchise site last month.

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Unitas Wholesale makes strides to benefit independents


Unitas Wholesale has made significant progress in delivering “a competitive commercial package” for its independent retailers, including faster access to NPD and enhanced rates for food to go services, according to managing director Darren Goldney.

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Morrisons on target to exceed £1bn in wholesale sales


Morrisons achieved its £700m annualised wholesale supply sales target in the year to February, and remains on target to exceed £1bn in wholesale sales, the multiple announced in its latest annual results.


Booker offers higher margins after customer pressure

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Booker is offering retailers enhanced margins on key lines following pressure from customers.

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McColl's set to trial Morrisons Daily fascia in 10 stores


McColl’s has announced the trial of the Morrisons Daily fascia at 10 of its stores in the North West.

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Leeds University opens new Co-op franchise store


Leeds University Union (LUU) has opened its new Co-op franchise store, the first of its kind on a university campus.

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Sainsbury's and Asda merger thrown into doubt


The proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda is in jeopardy after phase two of the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) investigation provisionally found “extensive competition concerns.”

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McColl’s profits fall following supply chain disruption


McColl’s Retail Group has announced an 8.1% increase in total revenue in the year ending 25 November 2018, but supply chain disruption was blamed for a drop in pre-tax profit to £7.9m.


Co-op Group ready to deliver franchising "at scale"


The Co-op Group has announced it now has the capability to deliver franchising “at scale”, while launching a new website and setting out criteria for potential franchisees.


First university Co-op franchise store to open in Leeds


The first Co-op franchise store on a university campus is set to open in Leeds in February, as the group looks to actively recruit independent Nisa and Costcutter stores as franchisees.

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