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Midcounties scores top marks in corporate responsibility index

23 Jun 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Midcounties Co-operative has clinched the rare achievement of five stars in Business in the Community’s annual Corporate Responsibility Index.


Co-op capitalises on Scottish gin boom with 10 new lines

23 Jun 2017 | By Andrew Don

The Co-operative Group has got into the “ginaissance” spirit north of the border by adding 10 Scottish gins to its alcoholic drinks offering.

Breakfast to go

Growth in retail food to go market slows, research says

22 Jun 2017 | By Andrew Don

The UK out-of-home foodservice market, which includes food-to-go through retailers, has slowed one year after the June 2016 Brexit referendum, the latest foodservice research from The NPD Group suggest

Ice cream in warm weather

Convenience stores thrive in June heatwave

22 Jun 2017 | By Andrew Don

Convenience stores have risen to the challenge during the hottest June weather in more than 40 years despite refrigeration challenges and potential out-of-stocks.

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Queen's Speech: No mention of business rates reform

21 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

The government’s plans to bring forward measures to tackle “unfair practices” in the consumer energy market must also be applied to small businesses, the Association of Convenience Stores said in its reaction to the Queen’s Speech today.

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

C-store retailers investing more in their businesses

21 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

C-store retailers invested more in their businesses over the last three months than both the previous quarter and the same period in 2016, but more are cutting staff hours, according to new figures from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Euro Garages

Euro Garages purchases Birmingham pub site

20 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Euro Garages has acquired a pub site in Birmingham as it continues to expand its estate.

Contactless card payment grows by 33.5% in a year

'Touch and go' contactless spending up 34% this year

20 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

‘Touch and go’ contactless spending has surged by 34% since the beginning of 2017, according to the Barclaycard Contactless Spending Index.


Appleby Westward extends price reduction initiative

20 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Appleby Westward, the South West Spar distributor, is investing up to £600,000 in extending its wholesale price reduction initiative for another year.


Sainsbury's in talks to acquire Nisa, say reports

19 Jun 2017 | By David Rees

According to weekend newspaper reports, J Sainsbury has entered into exclusive discussions to acquire Nisa Retail for £130m.

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Nisa Local store opens in Southend railway station

16 Jun 2017 Updated: 19 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

A new Nisa Local store has opened in Southend-on-Sea railway station following a three-week refurbishment of a previously-derelict unit.

Whole Foods Market

Amazon to acquire upmarket grocer Whole Foods Market

16 Jun 2017 | By David Rees

Amazon is to acquire upmarket grocery chain Whole Foods Market in a hugely significant move into bricks-and-mortar retailing

Tesco CEO Matt Davies raises concerns over potential “lethal” effects of inflation on consumers

Tesco posts 2.7% rise in like-for-like UK food sales

16 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Tesco has announced a 2.7% increase in like-for-like UK food sales in its first quarter trading results.

Pradip Dhamecha

Dhamecha to open ninth cash and carry depot

16 Jun 2017 | By David Rees

Today’s Group member Dhamecha has acquired a site in Birmingham for its ninth cash and carry depot


Nisa retailers raise £7m through Making a Difference Locally

15 Jun 2017 | By Robin Mannering

Donations through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity have hit the £7m mark since its formation in 2008.


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