Grocery Inflation

Black Friday delays shoppers’ festive grocery spend, Nielsen reveals


Grocery sales through UK supermarkets and discounters continued to slow to +0.2% in the last four weeks, as shoppers delayed spend ahead of the seasonal Black Friday shopping period, according to latest Nielsen data.


McColl’s announces sales decline following “challenging year”


McColl’s Retail Group has announced a 1.9% decline in total annual sales following “another challenging year” for the business, but like-for-like sales remained level (0.0%).  


Welsh government to remove business rate relief on ATMs


The Welsh government is to push ahead with plans to remove Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) from ATMs in April.

Sid refill

Value refill solution designed to help stores join eco revolution


Convenience retailers keen to join the “refill revolution” are being offered a new route in, with the help of new social enterprise LocoSoco which offers a wide range of refillable household products at value price points.

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Blakemore Retail signs up 68 company-owned Spar stores to water refill app


Blakemore Retail has registered 68 of its company-owned Spar stores on the Refill app, which enables people to search for places where they can fill up water bottles for free and avoid the need to buy a plastic bottle.

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Most grocery shoppers influenced by brands’ eco policies, says Kantar


More than three-quarters (77%) of UK grocery shoppers have switched, avoided or boycotted certain products - or would consider doing so in the future - because of the brands’ environmental policies, according to new research by global analyst firm Kantar.

Meal deal

Nisa launches Co-op lunchtime meal deals for members


Nisa has introduced a Co-op-branded £3.50 lunchtime meal deal for its retailer members.

Convenience retailers have made record investments of almost £300m in their businesses over the last three months

Independent retailers’ investment levels decline by 24% over past year


Convenience stores’ investment levels have fallen by nearly a quarter over the past 12 months, according to new Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) research.


Scottish proposals to devolve business rate powers to councils slammed


A vote by Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) to hand control of business rate powers to local authorities has been criticised by retail groups, who have warned of the impact on c-stores.

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Retailer convicted of selling illicit tobacco twice escapes jail


A retailer convicted for the second time in two years of selling illicit tobacco from his store has avoided jail on health grounds and because magistrates thought there was a “realistic chance of rehabilitation”.

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Welsh c-stores’ vital community role highlighted in Local Shop Report


The vital role that convenience stores play in local communities across Wales has been highlighted in the 2020 Welsh Local Shop Report.



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