After the excitement of Tesco’s results and the big Diageo nearly-bid for Moet & Chandon et al, a pre-weekend lull of grocery goings-on in the papers – until they read the big stories in tomorrow’s edition of The Grocer.
There’s plenty of attention for the rights issue by brewer Greene King, which has realised that now is a good time to be buying pubs seeing as everyone else is in the trade is running scared and looking to sell them at knockdown prices. Thegrocer.co.uk reported the news yesterday, but today The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and The Scotsman join in the fun.
Also making waves is WHSmith, which has been dancing on the grave of Woolworths by snapping up former Woolies stores and ramping up its own pick’n’mix counters. The Financial Times has the story.
Another week, another good news story for pizza king Domino’s, which apparently cleaned up during February when the snow kept hungry folks from eating out. The Daily Telegraph reports.
The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reports that booze kills 40,000 Britons every year – five times the official figure. The paper also says that two-thirds of the nation’s orchards have disappeared since the 1950s.
And that’s pretty much your lot.