4 August 2007

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  • Reader survey - grocery inquiry

    10 Aug 2007

    Despite the thoroughness of the Competition Commission's inquiry, which will not see publication of its findings until February 2008, many c-store owners are sceptical about whether it will have a positive impact on their businesses, according to...

  • Shop Profile - Proudfoot Group

    10 Aug 2007

    Store Numbers: fourStaff: 200Turnover: £18.9m Type of operation: supermarket chainAs the deadline for the Competition Commission's findings on the grocery market comes ever closer, Mark Proudfoot, joint MD of the Proudfoot Group,...

  • Foot and mouth movement restrictions relaxed

    09 Aug 2007

    The government has relaxed restrictions on moving animals to slaughter as a third possible case of foot and mouth disease is investigated.Defra eased restrictions on moving animals to slaughter outside the protection and surveillance zone...

  • Dobbies backs Tesco bid

    10 Aug 2007

    Dobbies Garden Centre has urged shareholders to back Tesco's 1,500p a share offer for the garden centre chain after Sir Tom Hunter, the owner of Wyevale Garden Centres, said he would not be making a counter bid.The chain has sent out a...

  • Mars plans veggie labels

    10 Aug 2007

    Mars is planning to add 'suitable for vegetarians' labels on its Mars, Snickers, Galaxy and Maltesers chocolates.The confectionery giant came under fire earlier this year after The Grocer revealed the company had switched to animal rennet...

  • Third foot and mouth case investigated

    10 Aug 2007

    A temporary control zone has been set up around a farm near Dorking, Surrey, as a third possible case of foot and mouth disease continues to be investigated.Defra said the 3km zone had been set up last night. A confirmed outbreak at the site...

  • Camelot wins UK lottery licence

    07 Aug 2007

    Camelot has won the licence to operate the National Lottery from 2009 to 2019.The company, which has run the lottery since it was launched in 1994, fought off competition from Indian lottery operator Sugal & Damani.“Following a...

  • 'Human movement' link to foot and mouth

    08 Aug 2007

    The foot and mouth disease outbreak in Surrey could have been caused by 'human movement', and sabotage can not be ruled out, a government report has found.As a second case of the disease was yesterday confirmed within the 3km protection zone...

  • Sainsbury's to meet Delta Two

    08 Aug 2007

    Sainsbury's and Delta Two are expected to meet later today as the two parties continue to discuss the Qatari investment fund's 600p a share offer for the retailer.Sainsbury's chairman Philip Hampton will reportedly ask Delta Two to...

  • Camelot wins lottery licence

    08 Aug 2007

    Camelot has won the licence to operate the National Lottery from 2009 to 2019.The company, which has run the lottery since it was launched in 1994, fought off competition from Indian lottery operator Sugal & Damani.It has already...

  • S&N shares rise

    08 Aug 2007

    Shares in Scottish & Newcastle rose 13.5p to finish on 505.5p yesterday despite warning that the recent bad weather could hit full-year targets.The brewer, which makes brands including Kronenbourg 1664, Foster's and Newcastle Brown Ale,...

  • Kellogg recalls Crunchy Nut cereal

    09 Aug 2007

    Kellogg has recalled boxes of Crunchy Nut cereal following a small number of complaints from customers of an unusual taste from some packs.There is no risk to health and the tainted taste was a quality issue and not a food safety issue, the...

  • Tesco extends Dobbies offer

    09 Aug 2007

    Tesco has extended its recommended cash offer for Dobbies Garden Centre for a second time.The first closing date of the 1,500p a share offer, which Tesco tabled in June, was 18 July but this was extended to 8 August. However, this would now...

  • Sainsbury's gives Delta Two more time

    09 Aug 2007

    Sainsbury's has reportedly given Delta Two more time to improve its £10.6bn offer for the supermarket chain.The two sides met yesterday to discuss the offer but the talks ended inconclusively, according to reports in The Times.The...

  • Foot and mouth confirmed in Surrey

    06 Aug 2007

    The grocery industry was holding its breath following last week's outbreak of foot and mouth disease at a farm in Surrey, which could cost up to £180m in lost exports.The outbreak, in Pirbright near Guildford, brought with it the spectre of...

  • Tesco exercises call options

    06 Aug 2007

    Tesco has exercised its call options to acquire a further 16.4% stake in Dobbies Garden Centres. The purchase takes Tesco's stake in Dobbies to 28.1%.Tesco is in the process of acquiring the chain but could face competition from Sir Tom...

  • S&N warns of 'challenging' targets

    07 Aug 2007

    Scottish & Newcastle has warned the recent bad weather will make hitting its trading targets for the year “very challenging”.The brewer, which makes brands including Kronenbourg 1664, Foster's and Newcastle Brown Ale, reported a 5.5%...

  • Second case of foot and mouth investigated

    07 Aug 2007

    Farmers across the UK are on high alert as Defra investigates a second possible case of foot and mouth disease in Surrey.Defra said that as part of surveillance activity within the 3km zone set up around the site of the outbreak discovered...

  • Wal-Mart reveals plans for India

    07 Aug 2007

    Wal-Mart has unveiled its long-awaited plans to enter India as part of a joint venture with Indian telecoms company Bharti Enterprises.The venture, Bharti Wal-Mart, was first announced in December last year but Wal-Mart said yesterday that...

  • Retail sales slow

    07 Aug 2007

    Retail sales grew at their slowest pace since November, hit by the recent bad weather and rising interest rates, according to the British Retail Consortium.UK retail sales rose 1.2% on a like-for-like basis, compared with July 2006, when...

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