Tesco rolls out nationwide same-day delivery

Tesco is the first retailer to offer same-day grocery delivery across the UK.

Nationwide roll-out covering 99% of UK households

Tesco has announced a nationwide roll-out of its same-day delivery service, which launched three years ago across London and the South East. It will soon become available across the UK, from the Shetland Islands to Cornwall, covering 99% of UK households. The roll-out is expected to be completed next month.

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Retail jobs decline in second quarter

The British Retail Consortium research found that there were reductions in hours worked on both full-time and part-time contracts.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “The second quarter of 2017 saw employment in retail fall as the tide of change continues to sweep through the industry. Technology, which is both transforming the way we shop and providing increasing opportunities for automation in retail, combined with a difficult market environment and policies that have increased the cost of employing people, such as the National Living Wage and the Apprenticeship Levy, are driving the industry towards fewer but more productive jobs.”

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Sports Direct increases French Connection stake to 27%

Mike Ashley’s Sports Direct has increased its stake in French Connection to 27%, taking it close to a level at which it must launch a takeover bid.

Sports Direct has bought out activist investors, including Gatemore Capital Management – a London-based hedge fund that had an 8% stake – and OTK, an investment firm that owned about 7%, to add to an existing 11% stake.

Under takeover rules, a shareholder owning shares worth 30% or more of a company’s stock must launch a formal takeover bid.

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Adidas outlook soars following H1 results

German sportswear behemoth Adidas has reported strong first half results, leading it to boost its outlook for the rest of 2017.

Year-on-year revenues jumped 20 per cent to £4.48 billion in the six months to June.

Operating profits also shot up 18 per cent to £452 million against tough comparables, having cashed in on a £63 million payout for Chelsea FC’s shirt sponsor in 2016.

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Asda lays bare disastrous 2016 with pre-tax profits crashing 19%

Asda suffered a slump in both sales and profits in 2016, as the details of its full year results filed at Companies House reveal it was the weakest of the Big 4 in the UK’s supermarket wars.

The grocery giant recorded a sales drop 3.2 per cent to £21.7 billion in its full-year period ending December 31, while pre-tax profits slumped by almost 19 per cent to £791.7 million.

Like-for-like sales also took a battering at the Walmart-owned retailer, dropping by 5.7 per cent.

“The grocery market has continued to experience low growth throughout the year and competition in the sector has remained intense,” Asda said.

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Woman awarded $151,000 after slipping on grape at Woolworths loses on appeal

A Sydney woman awarded $151,000 after slipping on a grape in a Woolworths supermarket has lost her case on appeal.

Colleen McQuillan had successfully sued the supermarket giant after falling over in the fruit and vegetable section of the Leichhardt store in November 2012.

But the NSW court of appeal on Monday upheld Woolworths’ appeal and dismissed McQuillan’s claim, finding the company had not been negligent over the grape, which the three judges said had been of an unknown colour.

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Amazon announced 1000 new jobs at Bristol fulfilment centre

Amazon has announced plans to build a new fulfilment centre in Bristol creating more than 1000 new jobs.

Currently it boasts 13 fulfilment centres across the country, with plans to build four more in Dunstable, Doncaster, Tilbury and Warrington by the end of the year.

The new centre in Bristol, expected to be completed in 2018, will mark Amazon’s 18th in the UK and will pile 1000 more jobs onto the 24,000 already employed in the UK.

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