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Dutch grocery giant Ahold has reported a 2.5% increase in third quarter sales to €6.9bn. Profits during the period rose 5.3% to €300m. It also performed particularly well in the US, where sales rose 8.5% to $5.8bn.
Price hikes meant third-quarter profits rose at the world’s largest brewer, despite a slight dip in beer volumes.
Sainsbury s has posted like-for-like sales growth of 1.9% for the past six months, excluding fuel. Total sales at the supermarket were up 7.6% to 12.8bn, or by 4.3% excluding fuel, in the 28 weeks to 1 October. Underlying pre-tax profits rose 6.6% to 354m.
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Overall food and drink exports from the UK were down 4.4% to £12.3bn
Chichester Crown Court heard that contractor Bradley Watts was lagging pipes in the loft space of the company’s Chichester site when he was electrocuted in June
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