B&M sales soar because of new stores and economical groceries

Sales on sale store B&M soared in the run-as much as Christmas as shoppers clicked up its cheap food and revenues were bolstered by its purchase of grocery chain Heron Foods.

Group sales rose 23pc to £970m within the three several weeks to Dec 23, up from 20.5pc development in exactly the same period this past year, with Heron adding £80m to the peak line.

Sales at United kingdom stores open several year were up 3.9pc, which B&M stated underlined “continued robust performance in our grocery and FMCG ranges”. Nevertheless it marked a slowdown in the 7.2pc like-for-like growth it recorded within the same period this past year.

Though it doesn’t sell fresh foods, B&M’s selection of cut-cost branded staples, for example biscuits, crisps and cereals, pose yet another threat towards the “big four” of Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda, that are already struggling with competition from fast-growing German grocers Aldi and Lidl.

Retail analyst Bryan Roberts stated: “Worth noting that B&M highlights grocery like a driver of like-for-like growth. Media obsessed over Aldi & Lidl while overlooking the discomfort B&M, Home Bargains etc are inflicting on [the] big four”.

B&M opened up 19 United kingdom stores at that time, taking its total to 569. It bought Heron, that has 263 stores and sells mostly frozen along with other non-fresh foods, for £152m in August.

Chief executive Simon Arora, who co-founded the organization together with his brother Bobby, stated it “continues to visit from strength to strength”.

“Despite the demanding comparatives in the quite strong Christmas in 2016, our buying, logistics and retail teams achieved another outstanding performance this season by doing what we should do best, that is delivering great value for purchasers week-in, week-out,” he stated.

B&M’s shares were up 3.6pc to 412p at the begining of trade. 

Sainsbury’s grocery sales held back by less strong Christmas at Argos

Sainsbury’s has published single.1pc lift in like-for-like sales within the festive period following a less strong performance at Argos required the shine off strong grocery sales.

The supermarket recorded a couple.3pc increase in food sales within the 15 days to The month of january 6, boosted with a 8.2pc begin online grocery sales along with a 7.3pc sales increase at its convenience shops.

However, despite a good investment in Argos’s speedy Steps For Success delivery service along with a roll-from Argos concessions to Sainsbury’s supermarkets, the audience recorded single.4pc stop by general merchandise sales throughout the third quarter.

The autumn generally merchandise sales is in stark contrast to 2016 when its acquisition of Argos helped turbo-charge Sainsbury’s festive period by adding a 3.7pc increase in sales.


Mike Coupe, leader, stated that “Argos stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets performed particularly well and Argos saw record sales over the Black Friday period”. The Sainsbury’s boss added that both general merchandise and clothing “grew share inside a challenging market”.

Sainsbury’s added that although it was “careful concerning the consumer atmosphere around ahead”, it expects to create as much as £20m more in cost savings from the Argos takeover than first thought. The supermarket stated it now likely to achieve between £80m and £85m of underlying earnings when compared with its previous guidance of £65m.

As a result underlying profit is going to be moderately in front of City forecasts.

The mixed fortunes of Sainsbury’s food and general merchandise division is fresh proof of the difficulties facing non-food retailers. The 2009 week industry figures says food like-for-like sales increased by 2.6pc during December, while non-food like-for-like sales came by 1.9pc.

Meanwhile, discount supermarket Lidl has announced record sales over Christmas, with turnover rising 16pc in December. The discounter, which opened up nine new stores recently taking its total to 693, presently has 5pc share from the UK’s grocery market. Lidl, like Aldi, doesn’t split out its like-for-like sales.

Short-sellers remove bets against recovering Tesco in front of Christmas pitch fight with German discounters

Short-sellers happen to be ramping up their bets from the UK’s greatest supermarket, Tesco, within the run-as much as its Christmas fight using the German discounters because they still tear chunks from the big four’s share of the market.

Hedge funds have been upping their short positions against London’s listed supermarkets prior to the crucial festive period but only have lately switched on Dave Lewis’s recovering Tesco.

Short-selling , essentially a bet the proportion cost will fall,  is used once they believe a company is overvalued or wish to hedge against a stock’s risk, for example throughout a merger. 

Margins in the big four supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda – happen to be squeezed by United kingdom inflation outstripping wage growth, while failing household incomes have driven customers in to the arms of discount rivals Aldi and Lidl.

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Among the standard grocery players, Tesco’s share of the market has organized best from the German discounters and also the firm has been winning customers from the peers. However, an enormous new short position removed against Tesco through the Bank of Quebec, plus AQR Capital Management and All downhill Associates Managem­ent ramping up their positions indicate that investors are increasing more and more anxious. 

A couple of Tesco’s greatest shareholders, Artisan and Schroders, who together own 9pc from the supermarket, have previously taken the bizarre step of openly opposing the Booker takeover.

Recently Schroders emphasised its position by quarrelling that Tesco was “paying excessive a price” and also the deal risked destroying value for shareholders. Tesco a week ago stated it anticipates shareholder votes being locked in Feb. Sainsbury’s and Morrisons have lengthy experienced the crosshairs of short-sellers, with 11.1pc and 12pc of the shares on loan correspondingly. 

Retailers fall behind bottle deposit plan

Support keeps growing from major retailers for any bottle deposit plan to combat plastic waste, despite opposition in the industry. 

Tesco, Lidl, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer have established that they’d most probably to presenting a first deposit return plan for plastic containers. Iceland and also the Co-operative have previously voiced their support, quarrelling the failure to recycle as much as 16m single use plastic containers each day is really a “ticking time explosive device for humanity”. 

Consumer goods giant Unilever, maker of Dove soapy Marmite, has additionally stated that it’s available to a first deposit return plan “if it complements, instead of adversely impacts, our existing kerbside recycling system”. Fruit Shoot and Tango maker Britvic has additionally stated that it’s available to the plan.

However, other retailers remain undecided. Morrisons has stated that it’s worried about the price of this type of system. There’s “differing evidence on whether it might be useful or if it could possess a negative effect on other kinds of recycling”, it stated.

Meanwhile Aldi and Sainsbury’s have stated that they’re aligned using the British Retail Consortium. The BRC argues it has “concerns concerning the effectiveness” from the plan and requires an all natural approach instead of one which could undermine kerbside recycling. Ben Marlow: Page B2

Retailers launch their 2017 Christmas adverts, with Asda’s and Argos’s the first one to air

Argos may be the initial store to produce its 2017 Christmas advert, also it features pointy-eared elves, the 2010 must-have children’s toys, and futuristic rocket-powered sleighs. 

The 60-second commercial will air the very first time tonight with prime TV spots during ITV’s Emmerdale and Funnel 4’s Gogglebox.

The advert shows an Argos distribution center in which a troupe of elves are helping Santa to provide thousands and thousands of toys, including this season’s most popular gadgets, for example the Hatchimals Egg Surprise and The Exorcist Robot BB-8.

The action shifts gear as you child’s lengthy-anticipated Christmas present, a Teksta voice-recognition automatic puppy, is located wandering the aisles by an elf. The quick-thinking elf scans the toy to reveal its intended recipient on-screen, whose family’s gifts are departing from gate nine.

A fast chase across the distribution center ensues, in that the elf pulls out all of the stops to guarantee the automatic puppy causes it to be to the sleigh to be delivered towards the child in time for Christmas.

The ad is supposed to illustrate Argos’s dedication to super fast delivery, with internet orders delivered within four hrs, it stated. On Christmas Eve, Steps For Success orders placed by 1pm is going to be delivered by 6pm (susceptible to availability).

Gary Kibble of Argos, stated: “Over the Christmas period our teams will provide 1.seven million products to customers’ homes and process 27 million in-store transactions, and also the go-getting elf within the story reflects our hard-working and dedicated colleagues who frequently go that step further to create Christmas happen for the customers.”

Next week, other major retailers including Aldi, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s are anticipated to produce their Christmas commercials.


Asda also released its festive advert today, that will air on television the very first time this Sunday throughout the ad break for The X Factor on ITV.

The 60-second commercial introduces us to Asda’s Christmas Willy Wonka-style workshop – the Imaginarium – where a youthful girl and her grandfather have sneaked into. 

Walking with the workshop the pair discover the secrets behind Asda’s festive ranges. There’s a giant pop-up Christmas cook book revealing two Asda chefs preparing a Christmas dinner of roast poultry and Wagyu beef dripping roast taters, as well as an adult-only, advanced gin room where truffles are now being infused with gin with a giant “gin laser”.

Eilidh Macaskill of Asda, stated: “By Mixing CGI animation and a few spectacular real existence venues, the Imaginarium is portrayed like a maze of rooms that contains magical machines and enchanting experiments. The ad is really a love letter to the customers and merchandise.Inches

This information will be updated when each advert is launched, so make certain you return here to determine the ads before everybody else.

Supermarket sales lifted by rising prices and early Christmas shopping

Grocery sales have risen again with greater prices and early Christmas shopping enhancing the sector chalk up its 17th consecutive quarter of growth.

Food sales rose 3.1pc within the 12 days to October 8, boosted partly by ongoing inflation. Grocery prices were 3.2pc greater during quarter, with United kingdom inflation likely to hit 3pc in figures released later today.

All the ‘big four’ grocers – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Asda – recorded sales growth throughout the period, ongoing a powerful run that began in April, according data from Kantar Worldpanel. 

But all endured a little loss of share of the market, as quickly-growing discount retailers Aldi and Lidl ongoing to create up ground.

Aldi and Lidl together added yet another £390m in sales throughout the quarter, comprising 1 / 2 of the whole market’s overall development in the 12 days, Kantar stated.

From the big chains, just the Co-op recorded a sales fall, with turnover sliding 2.5pc throughout the period, partly since it offered 300 stores to McColl’s.

Kantar also reported that shoppers were stocking up for Christmas early. Within the last four week, sales of chocolate boxes hit £69m, mince pies tallied up £4m in sales, absolutely free themes spent £1.1m on Christmas puddings.

August Bank Holiday Monday supermarket opening occasions: Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Lidl and Aldi

Summer is a superb time for you to get inspired to cook. If you have been on vacation and wish to check out a very beautiful recipe, or would like to bring some sunshine in to the kitchen, what better time for you to get cooking than the usual Bank Holiday weekend?

Don’t be concerned if you have forgotten the harrissa paste mid-way using your Monday cooking sesh though, because supermarkets is going to be open, though larger stores could be operating reduced working hrs. 

And if you wish to know when’s better to pop to your local this coming Bank Holiday weekend, then you need come right place. 

Instantly United kingdom Bank Holidays in 2017


All Tesco stores are open as always around the Saturday or sunday, and will also be open Bank Holiday Monday. Opening occasions can differ so Tesco recommends customers check their local opening hrs on its store locator website. 

However, like a general guide, Tesco Express stores will be open normally, and bigger stores are open between 9am and 6pm, with a few opening at 8am and lots of extending their hrs to 8pm. 

All Tesco’s Northern Ireland stores is going to be open as always. 


Most stores will open normally on Saturday or sunday, but on Monday, while all stores is going to be open, a few of the bigger stores may have different opening hrs. 

Check the local occasions around the Sainsbury’s store locator. 

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Morrisons may have normal opening hrs around the Saturday or sunday, and many is going to be open between 8am to 7pm around the Monday, though there’s a handful that will open for 3 additional hrs, until 10pm.

All gas stations will open half an hour before store open and shut half an hour after store close, and all sorts of Scottish stores may have normal hrs.

It’s still smart to take a look around the retailer’s store finder for local opening occasions. 


All Waitrose stores will operate normal weekend hrs on Saturday or sunday and stores may also open on Bank Holiday Monday – but when again there’s variation across different stores. 

Most of Waitrose shops is going to be open from between 9am and 6pm, with other people opening from 8am until 8pm along with a couple of 10am until 4pm. 

Most Little Waitrose convenience shops will trade normal hrs around the August Bank Holiday Monday, and all sorts of Covering and Welcome Break stores will trade as always.

Look at your local occasions here, hitting the “periodic opening occasions” button once you have selected your store.

Waitrose stores are open at different occasions within the Bank Holiday weekend Credit: Neil Hall


Stores is going to be open at normal hrs on Saturday or sunday, and stores in Britain may have reduced opening occasions around the Monday. These can vary one store to another, so Asda recommends customers check their local store locator page, where specific hrs is going to be offered by August 22.

Stores in Scotland are operating normally on Monday, and Northern Ireland stores are open 8am-8pm expect for Belfast Living that is open 9am-6pm.


Aldi has stated the majority of its shops is going to be open between 8am and 8pm around the Bank Holiday Monday, and you will see normal opening hrs on the Saturday or sunday. Scottish stores is going to be open between 8am and 10pm.

Check out the nearest shopping center hrs here. 


Most Lidl stores is going to be open as always through the Bank Holiday weekend, but checking the local store’s opening times is advised. 

It’s rarely far too late to organize a fast getaway this bank holiday weekend.

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