Lottery operator Camelot has been trialling a system that enables retailers to dispense National Lottery scratchcards electronically.
Spar retailers in the south and west have been challenged to improve their stocking of own-label products.
Spar has reported a 6.4% increase in sales for the financial year to the end of April 2005.
Ex-M&S executive Richard Bennett is the new Spar retail director.
The future is looking clearer for independent Mace stores in Scotland, with Spar announcing that a total of 25 have signed up to its fascia since the closure of Aberness Foods in May.
Spar is trialling a new initiative in Scotland aimed at assuring 100% availability at all times for a range of 100 selected and advertised products.
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