Talks ongoing

Somerfield is hoping to fend off staff action over changes to terms and conditions, with company-wide research to understand staff concerns. Senior managers met with union Usdaw last week, but talks are ongoing.

Premier profits up

Premier Foods' first half pre-tax profits soared by 123% year-on-year to £28m, on sales up 18.4% to £430m. The company reported particularly strong growth in its meat-free business Quorn.

Skillsmart plan

Training council Skillsmart Retail has established a Sector Skills Agreement to enable retailers to have their say on future retail skills needs.

£30m account

Morrisons has awarded its £30m national advertising account to Delaney Lund Knox Warren from next month. DLKW is best known for its Halifax campaign with real-life bank manager Howard Brown.