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Richard Walker to join The Grocer as latest guest editor

19 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Andrew Don

Walker has been the face of Iceland’s bold new environmental plan, which has attracted huge interest from UK media organisations

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Poundland to double Pep&Co clothing offer in the UK Subscription

17 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

30 of the ‘shop-in-shop’ fashion stores will open in England before Easter…


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17 Jan 2018 | By Emily Bright

The supermarket has achieved Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny certification

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Iceland to cut out all own-label plastic packaging

16 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

It wants to prove to “timid” rival food retailers the potential for radically reducing plastic packaging

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Lidl wins Christmas but the surprise package is... Asda Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By The Grocer News Team

Tesco had been tipped to ‘win’ Christmas, but it was hit by sluggish general merchandise sales and a hit from the collapse of wholesaler Palmer & Harvey

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City snapshot: B&M Bargains sales soar in Christmas run up Subscription

12 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

The march of the discounters continues this morning as B&M Bargains unveils strong results in the run up to Christmas, driven by a “robust” performance of its grocery and fmcg ranges. Plus, Conviviality announces raft of organisational changes, with Mark Aylwin leaving the group.


Aldi and Lidl outpacing big four in supermarket space race Subscription

10 Jan 2018 | By Ian Quinn

However even the discounters have scaled back on applications

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Sainsbury's raises profits forecasts after record Christmas Subscription

10 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Sainsbury’s has lifted its profits expectations for the year after a record Christmas week, but the supermarket’s growth was held back by declining general merchandise sales as Argos struggled.


Poundworld profits slump following 'significant' investment Subscription

09 Jan 2018 | By Andrew Don

Discounter is looking to open “a substantial” number of stores in each of the next three years

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Poundland announces listing of 40 more big brand lines Subscription

08 Jan 2018 | By Helen Gilbert

The chain has struck deals with suppliers including Mondelez, Haribo, Reckitt Benckiser, Britvic, GSK, P&G and Mars

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Aldi UK sales up by 15% in December as shoppers switch from 'expensive' rivals Subscription

04 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

A surge in demand for its premium range helped the discounter to a record Christmas period

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Poundland shrugs off scandal to deliver successful Christmas Subscription

03 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Discounter reported a like-for-like sales increase of 5.6% for the 12 weeks to 24 December…


Poundland owner Pepkor Europe secures new £180m loan facility Subscription

03 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

The Grocer first revealed that trade credit insurer Atradius had reduced its cover for the discount retailer in mid-December in the wake of the Steinhoff accounting scandal

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Poundland attracts complaints over sexually suggestive posts

22 Dec 2017 | By Matt Strudwick

Twinings, whose tea featured in one image, said it was ‘not reflective of our brand values’…

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Asda has massively cut price gap with discounters says Bernstein Subscription

15 Dec 2017 | By Ian Quinn

‘On their (limited) range of Farm Stores products, similar to Tesco’s Farms, they are actually 5% cheaper than Lidl’


Poundland trade credit reduced in wake of Steinhoff scandal Subscription

15 Dec 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Action by Atradius could lead to empty shelves as suppliers halt deliveries

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Discounters see growth as shoppers trade down for Christmas Subscription

15 Dec 2017

UK shoppers have been tipped to have a “trading down Christmas” with discounter growth resurgent


Lidl decides smaller is better in the US Subscription

15 Dec 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

Six months after entering the US with plans to build 100 large-scale stores, the discounter has changed its mind


Poundland 'bound' to be sold in 2018 Subscription

14 Dec 2017 | By Edward Devlin

Discount chain Poundland is “bound to be put up for sale” in the new year as its South African owner Steinhoff battles to survive after being rocked by an accounting scandal, retail analysts suggested.


Chris Edwards to drive recovery of Poundstretcher as CEO Subscription

08 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Value retailer Poundstretcher is understood to have brought in former Poundworld boss Chris Edwards to lead its battle against falling sales

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B&M to introduce frozen lines following Heron takeover Subscription

22 Nov 2017 | By Emma Weinbren

B&M bought frozen discounter Heron for £152m in August

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Aldi fights waste with 50% cuts as shelf life end nears

17 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Aldi has begun marking down the price of its products as they approach the end of their shelf life

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Lidl seeks closer links with startups by partnering with German retail tech hub Video

13 Nov 2017 | By Julia Glotz

Retailtech Hub is based in Munich and supports startups through an accelerator programme


Iceland opens 900th UK store with Bristol Food Warehouse Subscription

09 Nov 2017 | By Emily Bright

The supermarket chain has expanded its UK estate by 100 stores in just over four years

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Iceland targets 400 Food Warehouse stores Subscription

03 Nov 2017 | By Ronan Hegarty

Iceland plans to open 400 of its The Food Warehouse outlets at a rate of 30 of the new format stores a year…

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Barry Williams, Poundland MD, on Toblerones and elves Subscription

11 Jan 2018 | By James Halliwell

Life at Poundland is never dull. In 2016 it was struggling, now sales are soaring

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Poundland has entered the new year in good elf Subscription

05 Jan 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

What a Christmas it has been for Poundland

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Edeka plays a quality game against Aldi

11 Dec 2017 | By Richard Harrow

Limited assortment discounters are challenging the orthodoxy of the good, better, best hierarchy in many categories

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Christmas is a big opportunity for the middle market

06 Nov 2017 | By Tim Mason

With footfall on the high street reported to have declined, retailers are under pressure


Go on, do it better than Lidl

05 Sep 2017 | By Jeremy Garlick

We all know that Lidl has been a consistent winner in UK grocery in recent years


Trouble in Poundland: wheeler-dealing with Barry Williams

28 Jun 2017 | By Megan Tatum

Jim McCarthy dodged a Brexit bullet when he stepped down from the helm of Poundland in March 2016

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Can a Heidi Klum fashion line really work at Lidl? Subscription

06 Jun 2017 | By Megan Tatum

In a bid to bring a touch of glamour to the miscellaneous aisle, the supermodel’s presence will be a coup for the discounter - but what about aspirational fashionistas?

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Matthew Barnes Big interview: 'Is Aldi plateauing? Nonsense' Subscription

12 May 2017 | By James Halliwell

Amid talk of turnarounds at the big four, there have been lots of questions asked about Aldi. In an exclusive interview with The Grocer, Matthew Barnes speaks out on like-for-likes, price gaps and his ambitious plans for store growth

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As Aldi flourishes in the UK, what can we learn from it? Video

11 May 2017 | By Jeremy Garlick

Aldi has flourished in the UK in recent years. Sales continue to grow, up 18% in the latest three months from Kantar

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The shopping experience is out of date Video

23 Feb 2017

The discounters displace and disrupt much of what we once assumed to be indispensable in the experience-centric market

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Aldi’s steady progress proves industry sharks wrong Subscription

07 Feb 2017 | By James Halliwell

Today’s news that Aldi has broken into the Top 5 validates the German discounter’s strategy plan, and confounds its critics


Discounters setting agenda whatever the big four's progress Subscription

16 Dec 2016 | By Adam Leyland

The Top Products Survey is a sobering reminder that the march of the discounters is far from over



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