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Retail sales rise 1.6% in second quarter

British retail sales have risen by the largest amount in over ten years in a calendar quarter as British consumers hit the shops.Retail sales rose 1.6 per cent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months despite a sales fall in J...
09:14AM - Fri 25th July 2014
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Morrisons reacts to Sainsbury's food waste superstore

Morrisons have reacted to Sainsbury’s recent announcement that one of their superstores is off the National Grid and now powered entirely by their own food waste.The Sainsbury’s Staffordshire branch is connected to a nearby anaerobic digestion pla...
09:42AM - Wed 23rd July 2014
Former Tesco CEO, Philip Clarke

Tesco: The Clarke Era

Clarke’s early careerPhilip Clarke began his Tesco career in 1974 as a 14-year-old stacking shelves in the stores his father managed. He later graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in economics and went on to join the Tesco Management ...
12:17PM - Tue 22nd July 2014
Dave Lewis, CEO, Tesco

Dave Lewis - from supplier to retailer

With Dave Lewis taking the top job at Tesco this morning (21 July) he has shown that suppliers can make the move from supplier to retailer.Lewis is the first outsider to take charge of the retailer since Tesco’s founder Jack Cohen and comes from a...
12:13PM - Tue 22nd July 2014
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Philip Clarke, What the experts say

Jon Copestake, Retail Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, argues that Clarke’s inability to implement a “big” strategy let to the mounting of small problems for the companyThere is little doubt that, after yet another profit warning in the...
11:57AM - Tue 22nd July 2014
Fashion analyst, Anusha Couttigane claims that model David Gandy “does not represent the typical male Marks shopper” Photos by My Soul Insurance and Simon A on Flickr. Slippers are not M&S slippers
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This is not just a problem, this is an M&S problem

Two Marks & Spencer’s. Two very different stories. In the same week that the retailer opened a new Simply Food store in Braintree, Essex, one of the UK’s oldest M&S fashion stores in Gravesend closed after being declared no longer financially viab...
08:49AM - Fri 18th July 2014
A Lenta supermarket in Russia

Lenta using big data to boost sales by 39%

Russia supermarket chain Lenta is eying further growth after it posted strong sales figures for the second quarter this year.Sales surged 39 per cent to 46.3bn roubles (£790m) and like-for-like sales jumped 14.1 per cent.The St Petersburg based co...
04:36PM - Wed 16th July 2014
Aldi overtook John Lewis in the mid-year YouGov BrandIndex poll

Aldi overtakes John Lewis to be top UK brand

German discount supermarket Aldi has overtaken John Lewis and BBC to be named the publics most popular brand.Aldi (1) and Lidl (4) entered the top ten for the first time in the mid-year YouGov Brand Index poll, mirroring a successful year for both...
10:02AM - Wed 16th July 2014
Alan Stewart, Tesco CFO

Tesco's new finance chief Alan Stewart profiled

Having recently gained headlines for his shock move from Marks and Spencer’s to Tesco, there is no denying that Alan Stewart is a CFO very much in demand. His ability to dramatically cut expenditure prompted analyst Caroline Gulliver to name him a...
05:47PM - Mon 14th July 2014
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