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Sainsbury's, Argos join M&S and Tesco in suspending ads with Google

Thursday 23 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Several other retailers have joined the ranks of prominent UK companies that have pulled their advertising with Google and YouTube over ads appearing alongside content that incited hate. Marks & Spencer and Tesco were the first retailers to suspend their advertising with the t...


160 jobs at risk as Sainsbury's axes Phone Shop

Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Sainsbury’s is set to abandon its Phone Shop offering, slashing 160 jobs amid a “significant period of change”. The retailer has announced a 45-day consultation period as it sells 16 of its Phone Shops to EE and pulls the shutters on the other 22. Despite stating they will “re...


4000 retail jobs cut this year as wage rises destroy margins

Tuesday 21 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Nearly 4000 retail employees have lost their jobs this financial year already as major retailers make cut backs to offset rising wage pressures. According to the Financial Times, 3700 low-skilled jobs have been cut from major retail chains, as companies replace their roles wit...


Brantano on brink of administration as potential buyers circle Jones Bootmaker

Thursday 16 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Footwear retailer Brantano has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, a day after its parent company did the same for sister brand Jones Bootmaker. The administration notice gives the high street chain protection from creditors seeking to recover debts, and all...


Argos props up Sainsbury's struggling sales

Thursday 16 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Sainsbury’s decision to acquire Argos and Habitat last year has paid off, as the company recorded a combined like-for-like retail sales rise of three per cent in its fourth quarter. The company’s overall sales growth was propped up by a 4.3 per cent increase in like-for-like s...


Aldi & Lidl in hot water over treatment of drivers

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Discount grocers Aldi and Lidl have come under fire following a BBC investigation revealing their delivery drivers are forced to do the work of warehouse staff. In order to maintain low prices, lorry drivers for the grocers are told to unload their own deliveries, prompting cr...


Three of the Big 4 poised for petrol price war

Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Three of the UK’s largest grocers have all slashed their fuel prices in a move predicted to spark a new price war. Following today’s news that the grocery price war might be starting to ease off, another price war is looming between Tesco, Asda and Morrisons as they each drop ...


Retail industry divided over digital tax proposals

Monday 13 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Major retail groups are divided over the government’s decision to introduce a “digital tax” in attempts to level the business rates playing field. Last week’s Budget saw Chancellor Philip Hammond announce a string of measures aimed at lessening the blow of the business rates r...


Sainsbury's CEO Mike Coupe says Brexit could be good for supermarkets

Thursday 09 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe has reassured investors sceptical of its recent merger with Home Retail Group, stating that it was “so far so good”. Speaking at a retail conference yesterday, Coupe said the £1.4 billion takeover was well on track and that the group was ...


Sainsbury's waste reduction scheme to be rolled out nationally

Wednesday 08 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Sainsbury’s has confirmed it would expand its household waste reduction programme after a trial at its Derbyshire store. The “Waste Less, Save More” scheme that started last year has ambitions to cull UK food waste – where official statistics show the average family throws awa...