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Tesco joins the Safeway bidding game

Given the huge amount of interest in the proposed sale of the Safeway supermarket group in the UK, it was only a matter a time...

Solid growth from G&G

Guyenne et Gascogne (G&G), the French company which is a key franchise holder for Carrefour, has announced solid growth in sales for 2002. Turnover for...

Hyparlo improves despite difficult conditions

Hyparlo, the French hypermarket group which is the main franchise holder for Carrefour stores, has reported a 4.4 per cent increase in sales to €1.15...

More bidders emerge for Safeway

Britain's number four food retailer is clearly coveted by a number of companies. Last week's announcement of a recommended bid for the chain by smaller...

Sainsbury's confirms interest in Safeway

Given the almost constant rumours regarding possible bids for the UK retail group Safeway over the last few months, it was almost inevitable that even...

Carrefour hit by South American decline

A 37 per cent decline in sales from its stores in the Americas pushed full year sales at French retail giant Carrefour into the red,...

Less than juicy results for cranberry group

US cranberry company Northland Cranberries, a manufacturer of cranberry juice blends and Seneca brand fruit juice products, reported a drop in net revenues for the...

Burns Philp bid continues

Australian ingredients company Burns Philp has agreed to waive or change some of the conditions of its A$2 billion (€1.1bn) takeover bid of Goodman Fielder,...

After the rumours, a bid for Safeway - from Morrisons

Troubled UK supermarket group Safeway has been the focus of many rumours in recent months, with larger rival Asda seen as a potential buyer. But...

Store design - is style more important than substance?

Retailers constantly strive to ensure that the customers who pass through their doors are entirely satisfied with the products and services on offer - but...

Carrefour, Auchan sell stores

Carrefour, the French retail giant, has sold 59 Spanish supermarkets operating under the Champion fascia to a consortium of three French investment groups. The price...

What, no shortbread?

No more deep-fried chocolate bars, fry-ups and shortbread. A major new campaign launched yesterday by the Scottish government will seek to improve the diet of...

Strong first half for Colruyt

Colruyt, the Belgian retail group, has reported a 10 per cent increase in sales for the first half of 2002/03, in turn pushing up profits....

French retail sales fall in December

French retail sales slowed down in December compared to the same month in 2001, due mainly to fewer selling days in such an important month....

Ahold encouraged by sales rise

Ahold, the Dutch retail group, has reported encouraging sales for 2002, despite a year of difficulties related mainly to its business in the Americas. The...

Tesco announces major price cutting campaign

Tesco, the UK's leading supermarket group, will from today cut £80 million (€123m) from its prices in a major post-Christmas campaign designed to help consumers...

First Fairtrade fruit from the UK Co-op

Continuing to champion the Fairtrade cause, the UK's Co-op retail group last month introduced what it claims are the world's first Fairtrade pineapples. Launched just...

Metro opens Japanese store

Metro, the German retail group, has opened its first Metro Cash & Carry outlet in Japan, its first foothold in the Asian country. The store,...

Commission clears Laurus deal

The European Commission has cleared the sale of the Spanish supermarket chain El Arbol to venture capital group CVC Capital Partners, allowing the troubled Dutch...

Carrefour opens new logistics centre

Carrefour, the French retailing giant, has opened a new logistics centre in Spain which will serve its stores in a number of major Spanish cities,...

Tesco cleared to buy T&S

Tesco, the leading food retailer in the UK, is well on its way to becoming one of the major convenience store operators there as well...

Xanthan gum from Tate & Lyle

UK carbohydrate giant Tate & Lyle this morning announced plans to develop and manufacture a new range of food ingredients based on its fermentation capability....

Spanish retailers warn of increased prices

The liberalisation of trading hours is at very different stages across Europe, with traders in the UK for example able to open much longer hours...

Auchan to sell Mexican stores

Auchan, the French retail group, has agreed to sell its five shopping centres and hypermarkets in Mexico to the local company Controladora Comercial Mexicana, which...

Allergen labelling and consumer confusion

In November this year the European Council cleared new proposals to end the '25 per cent rule' and to strengthen the current labelling of food...

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