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Good first half for Marks & Spencer

First half sales at UK retail group Marks & Spencer were 4.3 per cent ahead of the previous year at £3.3 billion, helped by gains...

Food driving Spanish retail growth

Retail sales in Spain grew by 6.6 per cent in September compared to the same month a year earlier, driven primarily by food sales, which...

Metro sees Chinese growth - report

With Ukraine and India under its belt this year, German retail and wholesale giant Metro is turning to China as its next main market for...

Further price cuts from Laurus

The sluggishness of the Dutch economy is taking its toll on retailers there, with most of the major supermarket chains cutting prices substantially over the...

Metro sale shelved as revenues rise

Metro , the German wholesale and retail group, has scrapped plans to sell its extensive property portfolio after lengthy negotiations with the prospective buyer ended in...

Green says no to Safeway

One of the last elements of uncertainty concerning Morrisons' takeover bid for Safeway has been removed today with the announcement that Trackdean Investments, the company...

CAP budget, €4bn to go

The Commission will shave €1 billion off the CAP budget in 2004 as summer droughts across Europe saw exports wither and refunds reduced as the...

Organic advice for UK gov

The UK government has set up a committee on organic standards to advise it on organic standards, approval of organic certifying bodies and research and...

Safeway treads water

The takeover of Safeway by Morrisons cannot come soon enough, it seems, with the continuing delays having a significant impact on the company's already fragile...

Ahold sees further sales decline

Ahold seems to be living in its own particular time zone at the moment. Just three weeks after the publication of its 2002 full-year results,...

Stores incensed by stamp duty hike

Changes to the stamp duty laws in the UK have been bitterly criticised by retailers there, who have warned of job losses and the further...

Monsanto oil to cut the trans fat content

Commercially savvy and biotech rich company Monsanto is waging a war on the waist, with impeccable timing. Following hot on the heels of new FDA...

Retailers retaliate in Spanish price spat

The government's list of producer and retailer prices for a variety of foodstuffs does not tell the real story, claims Spanish retail association Asedas. According...

GMOs with a kick

Can the trend for foods with added health benefits turn the tide of consumer cynicism towards genetically modified foodstuffs? US researchers hypothesise that shoppers might...

From dyes to deer

Contamination warnings from the UK food agency highlights yet another food product containing the illegal dye Sudan 1 and issues a follow-up warning about eating...

Safeway stores up for sale already

Safeway, the UK food retail chain, has put 53 stores up for sale in advance of the expected takeover of the chain by Wm Morrison....

Good Q3 for Toupargel

Toupargel, the French food retail group which specialises in home delivery, has reported a 2 per cent improvement in third quarter sales, helped by solid...

Carrefour loses interest in Brazilian bid

Carrefour has pulled out of the bidding race for the Brazilian assets of the troubled Ahold group, preferring instead to pursue its own new store...

Casino's relentless growth continues

Carrefour may be the pace setter in the French food retail market, but Casino is more than capable of keeping up with its larger rival,...

Ireland backs CAP and welcomes competition

A settled policy environment is in store for Irish farmers following reform to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and imminent decoupling, said Jim Flanagan...

Delhaize to quit Singapore?

Belgian retail group Delhaize has had a troubled year, with poor sales at its US operations in particular weighing heavily on its results. The chain...

Sweeteners vs. sugar in the battle of the palate

Which do we prefer - the light or full-on version? Food scientists investigating sweeteners in soft drinks find the consumer palate might be perverse, preferring...

Co-op says no to GM

With the ink still wet on the latest revelations about genetically modified crops in the UK, one of the nation's biggest farmers and retailers has...

Green still interested in Safeway?

Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur has been particularly quiet about a potential bid for the Safeway chain in the UK in recent weeks, but he...

Sustaining the coffee world

As trading nations get to grips with globalisation in the 21st century the issue of sustainability is increasingly compounded for commodities on today's market. Nowhere...

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