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Morrisons cleared for Safeway takeover

Morrisons, the company which was the first to bid for the Safeway chain back in January, is the only supermarket operator with permission to acquire...

Asda strengthens support for British suppliers

Asda may have lost out in its attempt to buy the Safeway chain, but the American-owned company is continuing to stress its credentials as a...

Sustained growth for G&G

Guyenne and Gascogne, the French retail group, has continued to improve its sales and profits in the first half of 2003, building on the major...

Capital investment for Caprabo

Caprabo has become the biggest supermarket operator in the Spanish capital Madrid after the acquisition earlier this week of the Supermercados Alcosto chain. The company's...

Surfing Swiss shoppers get more from Migros

Swiss retailer Migros has formed a strategic alliance with www.LeShop.ch , combining the latter's web-based supermarket with its own online shopping portal, www.migros-shop.ch , to offer Swiss...

Wild about health

A Europe-wide project is underway to assess whether local wild vegetables eaten in southern Europe might have health-promoting properties, outlined scientists last week at the...

One-stop shop threat to high street retail

Supermarket operators in the UK are increasingly expanding the range of goods and services they offer to their customers, at the same time encroaching on...

Price margins squeeze figures for Danisco Q1

Price competition in texturants put pressure on Danisco ingredients results for the first quarter of 2003/2004 but flavours and a long, hot summer go some...

Laurus draws line under Belgian losses

Colruyt , the Belgian retail group, has acquired six stores operated by the Echo group - part of troubled Dutch retailer Laurus - which it will...

Green denies Safeway interest dwindling

Philip Green, the British retail entrepreneur, has reacted angrily to reports in the UK press over the weekend that his Trackdean Investments company was no...

ICA drops Ahold name

ICA , the Swedish retail group 50 per cent owned by the Ahold group, has announced a major restructuring of its business which includes dropping the...

Supermarkets fail to cut pesticide levels - FoE

British supermarkets have failed to achieve any overall reduction in pesticide residues over the last five years, claims environmental group Friends of the Earth, one...

Waitrose flourishes in the heat

Waitrose , the supermarket division of the UK's John Lewis Partership, benefited from the hot summer weather and new store developments to post a double-digit increase...

Jeronimo Martins confirms recovery

Times have been hard for Portuguese retailer Jeronimo Martins in recent years, but the company's latest set of results indicate that its strategy of withdrawing...

Morrisons shows strategy would work for Safeway

Double-digit sales growth in the first half of the year is further evidence that Morrisons has the right business model to turn things around at...

Big store groups dominate in Spain

Confirming what most shoppers and store keepers already knew, a new study from the Fundación de Cajas de Ahorro Confederadas (Funcas ) association in Spain has...

Ahold management bows to pressure

Much maligned in recent weeks by investors and shareholders alike, the management of Dutch retail group Ahold has given in to pressure and decided to...

Tesco tightens its grip

Britain's number one food retailer can do nothing wrong, or so it appears. Tesco has today reported strong double-digit increases in both sales and profits...

Sainsbury's non-food gamble

Sainsbury , the British retail group, is gambling on the success of a new range of products to help it reverse its downwards spiral and restore...

Ahold facing crisis of confidence

Ahold's troubles seem unlikely to ease with the appointment of a new management team. The beleaguered retailer, struggling after the discovery of widespread accounting fraud,...

Fischler boosts the troops before WTO

"We want to make the Doha Development Agenda a success." For Agriculture European Commissioner Franz Fischler this is Europe's number one objective for the upcoming...

No sell off for US Foodservice

US Foodservice, the unit at the centre of the accounting fraud which has severely tarnished the reputation of Dutch retailer Ahold will not be sold...

Albert Heijn cuts jobs to compete

Albert Heijn, the flagship Dutch supermarket chain of the embattled Ahold group, is to axe around 440 jobs in a bid to cut costs and...

Casino growth back on track

Like its larger compatriot Carrefour, French retail group Casino has reported a significant lessening of the adverse currency effect in its latest set of results,...

Kwik Save weighs heavily on Somerfield results

A disappointing performance from the Kwik Save discount store unit meant that first quarter sales growth at the UK's Somerfield chain was lower than expected,...

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