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Krispy Kreme aims high with Harrods debut

Krispy Kreme, the US-based doughnut manufacturer and retailer, has revealed the location of its first European outlet - inside the world's best known department store,...

Carrefour criticised for loss leading

Carrefour, the French retail group, is being accused of breaking Spain's strict competition rules by selling a variety of products at less than cost price....

Ahold Chilean sale concluded

Ahold , the ailing Dutch supermarket group, has begun its withdrawal from the volatile South American market with the conclusion of the sale of is Santa...

Delhaize sees improvement despite declining sales

The last few months have been tough for Belgian retailer Delhaize , with its US operations in particular suffering from the downturn in consumer spending across...

Metro figures show signs of market upturn

The weakness of the German economy has plagued companies for months, but the latest figures from one of the country's leading retail groups suggests that...

Glanbia settles with authorities over price fixing

Irish dairy group Glanbia has reached a settlement with the Irish competition authority over allegations concerning the fixing of the retail price of milk. Glanbia,...

From bad to worse for Sainsbury

It has been a bad few days for Sainsbury , the British supermarket group. Just last week the group announced disappointing figures which showed that its...

Cut the cone content, asks consumer group

One century on and millions of ice cream tubs later the US 'food police' are out in force calling on ice cream retailers to tell...

Sumptuous Sellafield salmon sarnies?

Radioactivity checks on farmed salmon from Scotland and Northern Ireland exposed to Sellafield radiation show that there is no cause for concern from eating these...

Wal-Mart mulling Ahold acquisition

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail group, could be about to cement its reputation as the most international of US-based retailers with the possible acquisition of...

Health claims, getting it right

By all accounts, the new European proposals on nutrition and health claims have provoked a mixed reaction across the board. Raymond O'Rourke, a food lawyer...

Carrefour adds discount units

The growing importance of the discount food retail format for France's leading supermarket groups was underlined today with the announcement of an agreement between Carrefour ,...

Marketing boost helps Toupargel

A concerted marketing effort, the late timing of Easter and the acquisition of Unilever's rival business, Agrigel, all helped boost sales at French frozen food...

Casino stresses underlying growth

A recovery in international sales, coupled with further growth in its domestic market, helped French supermarket group Casino post good organic growth in the first...

Sainsbury still has a mountain to climb

Sir George Bull took the helm at UK supermarket group Sainsbury five years ago when the company was in something of a downward spiral. Five...

Bon appétit hit by retail price wars

Swiss group Bon appétit saw its sales fall in the first half as its smaller stores suffered at the hands of rapidly-expanding rivals and a...

Mixed first half for Carrefour franchisees

The two leading franchise holders for the French Carrefour group have reported mixed sales performances for the first half of 2003. While Guyenne & Gascogne...

Russia, E Europe head list of retail growth markets

The strengthening of economies in eastern Europe, and the much publicised troubles in many Latin American countries, mean that retailers looking to expand their business...

M&S leads the market in food sales growth

Marks & Spencer has reported food sales growth ahead of the market for the first quarter of the year, boosted by excellent like-for-like sales growth...

Light at the end of the tunnel for Carrefour?

Carrefour posted its first quarterly sales increase in six quarters last week, despite a negative impact of 5.1 per cent related to exchange rates. Turnover...

Spar plunges deeper into the red

Restructuring costs at Spar, the German food retailer owned by France's Intermarché group, pushed the group further into the red in 2002. Net losses for...

CSM expands in UK

Dutch food group CSM has acquired UK-based Readi-bake from the US group Country Home Bakers for €28 million. With annual sales of approximately €22 million,...

Shoppers vote for Asda in Safeway takeover tussle

Four retail companies are currently fighting it out for the right to buy the Safeway supermarket group in the UK. According to a recent consumer...

'Satisfactory' Q1 for Big Food Group

The Big Food Group , which owns the Iceland and Booker food retail and wholesale chains, has reported 'satisfactory' results for the first quarter of 2003...

Safeway survives turbulent times

Safeway , the British food retailer, has spent the last six months in limbo while the regulators rule on which of five potential bidders will be...

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