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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.

Unitas Wholesale

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.

Sainsbury's Asda

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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Costcutter says Co-op Group supply deal lifts store standards


The introduction of more than 800 Co-op products into Costcutter-supplied stores is helping to drive standards across the group, Costcutter claims.

Nisa Evolution Format

Nisa announces double-digit sales rise in latest format stores


Nisa stores that converted to the latest Evolution format over the past 12 months have enjoyed an average sales rise of 11.8%, according to the symbol group.


Co-op sales boosted by Nisa acquisition and food sales


The Co-op Group has announced a 10% increase in sales for the first half of 2018 to £5bn, driven by a strong food sales performance and the completion of its acquisition of Nisa.

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Third wave of Co-op products reaches Nisa-supplied stores


The third wave of Co-op own label products has just been made available to Nisa-supplied stores, with retailers and shoppers reacting positively to the bolstered range.

McColl’s strengthens operational board new appointments

McColl's posts like-for-like sales fall despite heatwave


McColl’s has blamed a 0.9% drop in like-for-like third quarter sales - recorded during the summer heatwave - on continued supply chain disruption caused by the collapse of wholesaler Palmer & Harvey.

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Retailers welcome new terms package for Bargain Booze


Bestway Retail has unveiled a new set of terms for its franchisees following the acquisition of the Bargain Booze business

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Bestway completes purchase of Blakemore depot in Walsall


Bestway Wholesale has formally completed the purchase of the former A.F Blakemore depot in Walsall.

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Co-op products get positive reception from independents


Nisa and Costcutter retailers have reacted positively to the introduction of Co-op own-brand products in their stores.


Co-op made reported £15m takeover bid for Costcutter


The Co-operative Group recently made a £15m bid for the Costcutter Supermarket Group, according to reports by Sky News.

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Costcutter sets out ambitions as Co-op products come on stream


All Costcutter stores have now transitioned into the new Co-op/Nisa supply chain and will shortly be receiving their first order of Co-op own brand products.

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Nisa retailers place orders for Co-op's own-label range


Nisa retailers have started placing orders for the Co-op Group’s own label range, which will be introduced into independent stores over the next few weeks.


Costcutter terms package in Co-op deal starts Nisa row


The publication of new trading terms for Costcutter members as a result of the new supply deal with the Co-op has kicked off a row within Nisa, as some members believe they could be unwittingly subsidising the deal.

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Co-op promises Nisa stores price cuts and 800 own brand lines


The Co-op Group has promised Nisa retailers access to an initial 800 Co-op own brand lines and cost price reductions of up to 20% on a number of lines, as well as continued access to Nisa’s Heritage own brand.


Co-op announces new Nisa ceo as takeover completes


The Co-op Group has completed its acquisition of Nisa Retail and announced former Tesco executive Ken Towle as chief executive of the distributor.


Co-op Group's takeover of Nisa gets final court approval


The Co-op Group’s takeover over Nisa has received final court approval, with completion set for Tuesday 8 May.

Bargain Booze

Bargain Booze stores report improvement in stock levels


Conviviality-affiliated retailers are reporting that stock levels have stabilised, just under one month after Conviviality’s Retail arm was acquired by Bestway.

Bargain Booze

Bestway confirms plan to retain Conviviality assets


Bestway is to retain all stores inherited as part of its acquisition of Conviviality Retail and run them as a company-owned c-store division, the wholesaler has confirmed.

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Bestway confirms purchase of Conviviality Retail brands

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Bestway Wholesale has bought Conviviality’s retail arm, a day after the company entered administration

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