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JUL
13

Changes to the Tesco Clubcard

Big changes to the Tesco Clubcard including contactless and new partners

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JUN
29

Tesco and Booker request fast-track competition probe into their £3.7bn merger.

Tesco and Booker have asked the competition watchdog to ‚Äúfast-track‚ÄĚ its investigation into their ¬£3.7 billion merger, confirming that the deal is expected to face an in-depth probe.

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JUN
27

Footfall surges at Retail Parks and casual trading rises…

The latest figures from Springboard shows that annual footfall has increased 4.5% at retail parks, with uplifts in every region and nationally, led by the East which increased by 12.2%.

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JUN
19

Tesco reports strongest UK sales growth for seven years

Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco has reported its strongest quarterly sales for its home market in seven years.

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MAY
18

Booker profits rise as Tesco merger progresses

The UK’s biggest food wholesaler Booker has announced a 15% jump in full-year profits as it prepares for merger from Tesco.

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APR
28

Wickes sees growth in first quarter

Despite the timing of Easter, Wickes hailed good growth in its showrooms and is pushing ahead with further new store openings.

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APR
25

12 new stores for The Co-op in Wales

12 new stores and over 250 new jobs are the first step for The Co-op's expansion in Wales

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FEB
21

New shopper data shows value of the Co-op Brand

New research reveals brand renaissance for the Co-op

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NOV
16

Mulled wine on the menu for Tesco’s new household range

To celebrate the Christmas season, Tesco have released limited edition mulled wine-scented home products to give your bathrooms that festive feeling.

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NOV
9

Wickes strikes sponsorship deal with Channel 4's biggest strand, Homes on 4

Home improvement retailer Wickes has announced that it is the new sponsor of Channel 4's largest programme strand, Homes on 4, beginning next year.

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NOV
4

Tesco launches 'toy catalogue' just in time for Christmas

Tesco have made the festive period a whole lot easier for parents in need of Christmas inspiration with the launch of a 123-page toy catalogue across 900 of its stores over the festive period.

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OCT
26

The Co-operative Group crowned convenience retailer of the year

The Co-op won four major prizes at the Retail Industry Awards, including Convenience Retailer of the Year.

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OCT
21

Tesco grows market share for first time since 2011

Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco grew its market share for the first time in five years after three-month sales rose 1.3% in the 12 weeks to October 9, according to Kantar data.

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OCT
19

£165m Victoria Gate luxury shopping destination

Leeds is set to welcome a new shopping experience to the city as Victoria Gate prepares to open its doors tomorrow (20th October 2016).

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OCT
12

Extra 5% boost for students shopping at the Co-op

The Co-op is offering an further incentive for National Union of Students (NUS) extra cardholders to sign up for Co-op membership.

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OCT
5

Tesco reports growth in half-year sales

Britain’s largest supermarket group Tesco is on track to hit its full-year profit target after revealing an increase in UK sales.

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SEP
30

Argos recruits 10,000 for Christmas season

Argos is on the hunt for 10,000 new staff to help the high street retailer in the upcoming Christmas rush.

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SEP
23

Tesco records best sales performance in two years

Britain's largest supermarket chain, Tesco, has achieved its best 12-week sales performance for over two years, according to Kantar Worldpanel.

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SEP
21

Co-op sponsors Love British Food Fortnight

The Co-op is the official sponsor of Love British Food and will be running a roadshow across England, Scotland and Wales; giving customers the opportunity to meet producers, taste food samples and learn more about British food across its 3,000 stores.

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SEP
16

Tesco launches crowdfunding platform

Tesco has launched a new crowdfunding platform designed to support small businesses in the food and drink industry.

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SEP
15

Shopping centres remain a top destination for consumers

Shopping centres have maintained popularity among consumers in the era of online retailing, according to research by Savills and shopping centre operator Intu.

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SEP
9

Poundland shareholders accept Steinhoff offer

The shareholders of discount retailer giant Poundland have accepted Steinhoff’s takeover offer which values the business at more than £610m.

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SEP
2

Argos brand enters TV sponsorship deal with ITV

Argos has signed a partnership with ITV for its Heart of House brand to become an official sponsor of the network's daytime current affairs and debate show, Loose Women.

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AUG
31

Tesco's 29p Veg

Tesco offer cheap veg in response to bumper crop

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AUG
26

Poundland on the rise

The amount spent by UK shoppers at value retailers reached a new high; with Poundland raking in £5bn per year as 2.2 million new households turn to the store.

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AUG
23

Vacancy rates fall across Town Centres, Shopping Centres and Retail Parks

Vacancy rates have fallen for the fourth consecutive quarter according to research from the BCSC

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AUG
12

Poundland agrees higher takeover offer

Poundland agrees to increased takeover bid by Steinhoff

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AUG
10

Heatwave ‚Äėcould deliver ¬£290m sales boost‚Äô for UK food retailers.

A late summer heatwave could bring a £290m sales boost per week for food retailers across the country.

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AUG
5

Tesco embraces experiential marketing

Supermarket giant Tesco has opened a pop-up wine bar in London's Soho for 12 days to showcase its Finest range of wines.

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AUG
3

Wickes reports increased like-for-like growth

Wickes owner Travis Perkins has posted a rise in like-for-likes for its first half, with current trading recovering following the EU referendum.

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JUL
29

Tesco to hand out free fruit

Following a successful trial last year, Tesco is to hand out free fruit to parents' children during their shop. After all, Every Little Helps

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JUL
27

Tesco joins forces with Holland & Barrett in pilot health & wellbeing partnership

Tesco confirms an exciting new partnership with Holland & Barrett to introduce a health and wellbeing ‚Äėstore in store‚Äô format in a number of Tesco stores across the UK.

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JUL
22

Sainsbury’s £1.4bn Takeover of Argos Gets Green Light

The £1.4bn takeover of the owner of Argos by supermarket group Sainsbury's has been cleared to go ahead.

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JUL
20

Argos celebrates 20 years in Ireland

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Argos in the Republic of Ireland.

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JUL
18

Access Point wins exclusive commercialisation contract with Derwent Estates

Access Point are excited to announce that we have signed Derwent Estates as an exclusive commercialisation partner across their estate of retail destinations.

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JUL
15

Argos confirmed as lead partner for National Fitness Day 2016

The biggest annual celebration of fitness and physical activity across the UK will see Argos become the headline partner.

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JUL
13

Poundland set for £597m Takeover

Poundland, Europe’s largest single-price retailer has agreed to a takeover worth £597m by Steinhoff International.

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JUL
1

Argos reveals the top 10 biggest toys for Christmas 2016

Top 10 toys predicted to be on 2016’s Christmas lists by Argos

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JUN
17

Tesco completes sale of Dobbies Garden Centres for £217m

Tesco has announced the sale of its Dobbies Garden Centres business to an investor group led by Midlothian Capital Partners and Hattington Capital for £271m.

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JUN
15

Steinhoff considers Poundland purchase

Steinhoff considers Poundland purchase

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JUN
8

Kantar Worldpanel posts good news for Tesco and the Co-op

Kantar Worldpanel posts good news for Tesco and the Co-op

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JUN
3

Hammerson bucks Shopping Centre trends with April growth

April was a tough month for Shopping Centres with the BRC reporting like-for-like sales down 0.9% for the month. However the Hammerson portfolio has bucked the trend with big boosts from Tech and Travel leading the way.

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JUN
1

#100Hours - Our Volunteering Pledge

As part of our Business In The Community commitment, we are pledging 100 hours of time and energy into making Southport beautiful!

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MAY
25

So long The Co-operative. Hello again The Co-op!

The Co-op has begun its major rebrand with some food stores already displaying the new logo outside stores. It’s a step back to step forward as they return to their much loved logo, the so called clover leaf last seen in the 1960’s.

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MAY
18

Britain’s Town Centres and Shopping Centres at lowest vacancy rate since 2009

Since the recession in 2008 there have been major changes to the British High Street. However the recovery has long been underway and the Local Data Company have announced that shop vacancy rates in town centres and shopping centrs are now at their lowest levels since 2009!

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MAY
13

Green supermarkets of the future

The retail environment has changed a lot over the last few years, but one trend that will continue is firms driving to be greener and more energy efficient. As part of this, Tesco have spent the last few years investing in Carbon Neutral stores to test what methods will work bes

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MAY
11

'Poundland & More' Poundland launches new multi-price trial stores.

Discount retailer Poundland has unveiled the new concept as 'Poundland & More' with the first store now open in Slough, Berkshire.

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MAY
9

A New Candidate For Our 'Wall of Fame'

Congratulations to our graphic designer Richard who was inducted into our Hall of Fame last week for achieving an incredible 10 years with the company.

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MAY
6

Two New Starters Join The AP Team

We are delighted to welcome Sky Lennox Kerr as HR manager and Christine Howorth to the venue sales team.

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APR
27

The Pound Shops Have Won Us Over

The number of shoppers using pound shops has increased by an astonishing 20%, with more than 50% of all shoppers say they head to pound shops every week.

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APR
25

Second Access Point Sales Academy Commences

Following on from the success of the inaugural sales academy earlier this year, today eight new recruits begin their training on professional selling with integrity.

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APR
22

Wickes first-quarter sales rise as investment in range drives momentum

Wickes owner Travis Perkins has posted a jump in first-quarter retail sales as improvements in range drove ‚Äúencouraging‚ÄĚ trading momentum in its consumer division

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APR
5

Co-op comes out on top

The Co-operative saw sales increase by 3.9% ‚Äď its fastest growth since the Somerfield acquisition in 2011

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APR
1

Takeover of Argos nearly complete

Sainsbury’s is nearing completion in its acquisition of Argos as the Home Retail Group board of directors voted unanimously to recommend a £1.4bn bid to shareholders.

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MAR
21

Sainsbury’s confirm Argos Home Retail bid

It’s been the big story for retail all year as the will they won’t they saga between Sainsbury’s and Home Retail owned Argos has played out.

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MAR
17

When is a single price retailer not a single price retailer?

Jim McCarthy the outgoing Chief Executive of Poundland has announced a major shake up to the normal Poundland formula: the introduction of a trial of multi-price stores.

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MAR
10

Co-op eyes up major south-west and Wales expansion bid

New £8 million investment in stores in Cornwall and Somerset areas and £11m investment in new stores and refurbs in Wales

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MAR
3

Wickes market share rise

Wickes has bucked the DIY sector trend with rising profits and market share in the financial year

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FEB
23

Access Point announces new collaboration with Hammerson Plc.

Marketing and advertising company Access Point has announced Hammerson as their first partner in providing commercialisation opportunities in UK shopping centres

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FEB
22

Poundland Announce Exclusive New Till Receipt Partnership

Discount store giants Poundland are looking to further improve their customer shopping experience by including a local message with every purchase.

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FEB
19

Co-op Group buys 15 Budgens stores in continued expansion

The Co-operative Group has bought 15 Budgens convenience stores as part of expansion plans for Co-operative Food.

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FEB
18

Brent Cross kicks off 40th anniversary by signing trio of new brands

Brent Cross shopping centre owners, Hammerson, have signed up Urban Decay, Tesla Motors and Smiggle to join the line-up of retailers at the centre.

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FEB
15

Access Point Sales Academy ISMM Approved

Access Point have today launched an ISMM approved in-house sales training academy at The Old Courthouse.

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FEB
9

The Co-op was the fastest growing non-discounter for the first time since 2011

The Co-Op was the most frequently visited major supermarket during the quarter.

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FEB
3

Home Retail agree £1.3m sale with Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s and Home Retail have reached an agreement on the financial terms of a takeover deal.

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JAN
22

Hammerson Acquire Birmingham's Grand Central

Hammersons have accquired Birmingham's Grand Central in a deal worth £335 million

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JAN
21

Co-op to issue pronunciation guide on food

The Co-operative Food is issuing guidance to staff and customers on the pronunciation of foods from Rioja to Ceviche

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JAN
18

Home Retail Group agrees deal for Homebase

Home Retail Group has now agreed to sell Homebase, just days after a bid was made.

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JAN
14

Home Retail mulls over £340m bid for Homebase

Home Retail Group are in advanced talks with Australia’s Wesfarmers to sell the Homebase chain for £340m in cash, enabling it to give Argos all the attention.

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JAN
5

Sainsbury's £1bn bid for Home Retail Group rejected

Supermarket considers next step after Argos and Homebase owner blocks approach.

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DEC
16

Cardiff City Council partners with Argos to 'say No to Domestic Violence'

The City of Cardiff Councill has partnered with major retailer Argos to help end Domestic Violence

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DEC
4

Tesco offer free fruit to customers

Local Tesco stores are offering free fruit to children in nationwide stores to help them get more of their 5-a-day.

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NOV
30

Co-op Group opens over 100 stores in a year

The Co-operative Group has opened it’s 110th new convenience store in 12 months.

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NOV
27

Access Point Sales Training Academy

Access Point will be launching an in-house training academy and offering funded sales training courses to those seeking a new career as a sales account manager.

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NOV
20

New stores for The Co-Op in Wales

As part of the Co-Operative Groups turnaround, it is investing £1.5m to open three stores over three weeks across North Wales

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NOV
5

Tesco in Lincolnshire help parents shop and kids eat healthily

Tesco in Brigg Lincolnshire praised for encouraging healthy eating and making parents shopping experience that bit easier

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NOV
3

Predicting the future of the High Street In Britain

Argos asked the nation how the UK high street might look in 50 years’ time.

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OCT
30

Retail park footfall hits new peak as high streets stem rate of decline

Retail parks recorded their biggest increase in footfall for almost two years in September

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OCT
19

Every Little Helps

Tesco’s new advertising campaign

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OCT
16

eBay & Argos extend partnership

eBay and Argos have agreed a multi-year expansion of their partnership

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OCT
9

Access Point Shortlisted For Another Award

Access Point are delighted to confirm we have been shortlisted for the 'Strive' award by Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce.

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OCT
2

Mercedes-Benz Brings Luxury Brand Experience To Manchester

Mercedes-Benz are showcasing their brand in an ultra modern experiential pop-up shop at the Trafford Centre

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SEP
30

99p Stores Poundland deal completed

After months of waiting Poundland has successfully completed its acquisition of 99p Stores

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SEP
18

99p Stores Poundland deal nearing completion

The merger of 99p Stores and Poundland is expected to be completed by the end of this month

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SEP
17

The end of the countdown ‚Äď Access Point is off to Vietnam!

After months of preparation we wish the team goodbye as they head to Vietnam

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SEP
14

Co-Op Food to donate over a million meals

The Co-Operative Food has announced its plans to roll out donations of food to the charity FareShare across the country in a move which could see it donating over 500 tonnes in 2016

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SEP
4

Co-Op Group reports Half-Year profits

The Co-Operative Group has reported half-year profits in what chief executive Richard Pennycook calls "a good start on the three-year journey to rebuild"

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AUG
28

Lego takes to the road

Experiential roadshow launches at Centre:mk

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AUG
27

Sainsbury's to pay all store staff more than the Chancellor's living wage

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has pledged to pay its 137,000 store staff more than the Chancellor’s compulsory national living wage.

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AUG
25

Poundland acquisition of rival 99p Stores provisionally approved by CMA

Poundland’s acquisition of rival retailer 99p Stores has been provisionally approved by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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AUG
24

Wickes stays connected with in-store headsets

Wickes has reported better in-store communication between staff after deploying wireless headset systems across its portfolio.

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AUG
21

Summer events wake up Westfield

Westfield hosts experiential campaigns for Pink Lady, Wall’s, Coca Cola and Lego

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AUG
20

WH Smith highlights confidence of full year results ahead of the new school year

The book and stationary retailer WH Smith has announced that it is confident that its sales will beat expectations for the full year to the end of August.

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AUG
17

Retail parks enjoy best footfall growth for a year

Retail parks enjoyed their biggest increase in footfall for more than a year in July

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AUG
4

Wickes profits rise as online sales and range reviews gain traction

Travis Perkins’ consumer arm, which is dominated by Wickes, has reported a 13.9% jump in adjusted operating profit to £41m for the first half of 2015.

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JUL
30

Sainsbury's becomes UK's second-biggest supermarket

Sizeable convenience store estate and stronger growth in its southern heartland helps retailer overtake Asda in terms of market share

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JUL
30

Co-op buoyed by growth in supermarket sales figures

The Co-operative supermarket grew sales for the first time in a year, marking a highlight in a troubled two years for the group.

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JUL
28

Welcoming two new starters to Team AP

Access Point are pleased to have welcomed two new starters to The Old Courthouse today.

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JUL
27

Argos pioneers over the counter trade-ins for mobiles and tablets

New recycling scheme offers instant quote in stores and payment in vouchers, and may be extended to cameras, satnavs and laptops.

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JUL
24

Co-Operative Group upgraded by S&P

After a rough few years, the Co-Operative Group has returned to profit, is hiring more staff, and has been upgraded by S&P

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JUL
23

Argos becomes first UK multichannel retailer to hit £1bn in m-commerce sales

Argos has laid claim to being the first multichannel retailer in the UK to generate £1bn of m-commerce revenue in a year.

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JUL
21

Co-op recruiting an extra 1,000 staff

The recruitment drive is in addition to thousands of jobs being created in another 200 Co-operative Food stores due to open over the next two years

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JUL
20

Sainsbury‚Äôs boss promises store ‚Äėreinvention‚Äô to fight discounters

The chief executive of J Sainsbury, Mike Coupe, has pledged to ‚Äúreinvent‚ÄĚ the supermarket and ‚Äúpush the boundaries‚ÄĚ of shopping in an attempt to fight back against falling sales.

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JUL
20

Ikea adopts the living wage for UK staff in 'massive breakthrough'

Swedish furniture chain provides major boost for Living Wage Foundation saying rise in pay makes good business sense

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JUL
15

Co-Op amongst first to sign up for Apple Pay

The Co-Operative Group is amongst the first retailers in the UK to sign up for Apple Pay

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JUL
7

Catering the key to mall growth

A third of people will visit a shopping centre solely to eat and drink according to CBRE’s food and beverage in shopping centres report.

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JUL
2

The modern shopping trip now lasts more than four hours

UK retail property specialist Hammerson has launched a report to reveal the evolving shopping habits of the UK’s consumer.

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JUN
30

Access Point Appoint First Non-Executive Director

As part of our ongoing expansion, Access Point has appointed its first non-executive director, Mike Cutt.

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JUN
29

British consumer confidence at 15 year high

Following six years of uncertainty, British consumer confidence reached its highest in over 15 years this month as the nation said it was ready to spend.

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JUN
25

CMA writes shopping list over Poundland/99p deal

The Competition and Markets Authority has issued a shopping list of issues it is investigating around the planned merger of Poundland and fellow budget retailer 99p stores.

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JUN
18

Co-op commits £125m to slash prices of fruit and veg

Co-operative Group makes pledge as it battles rival supermarkets and discounters to grab larger slice of retail sector

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JUN
15

Poundland to hit £1bn sales mark as bargain fever continues

It is also in talks with competition regulators to take over rival 99p Stores, which could add another 250 outlets.

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JUN
4

Anti domestic abuse message given to shoppers in Hertfordshire

Domestic abuse awareness messages will appear on the receipts at all branches of Homebase, Argos and 99p Stores in the county throughout May and will offer advice on where people can receive help.

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JUN
3

Tesco to cut food waste by offering it to charity

Tesco has launched a new scheme to redistribute excess food from its stores.

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JUN
1

Tesco Ramp Up In-Store Promotional Events With Access Point Partnership

Supermarket giants Tesco are looking to further improve their customer shopping experience by ramping up their in-store event offering. Their latest partnership with supermarket retail specialists Access Point will see exhibition space being made available to businesses across the larger stores in its estate.

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MAY
28

Argos opens first digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos is to open its first digital stores within Sainsbury's supermarkets today as part of plans to open ten of the shops across the supermarket chain this summer.

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MAY
26

UK high streets enjoy a welcome lift over the Bank Holiday

The UK’s high streets enjoyed a welcome lift over the Bank Holiday weekend as the warm weather and the start of Whitsun half term encouraged shoppers into stores.

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MAY
15

Access Point Celebrates Living Wage Commitment

The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that Access Point has been accredited as a Living Wage employer.

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MAY
14

Liverpool Echo Regional Business Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced

Access Point are delighted to announce we have been shortlisted as 'Business of the Year' at the annual Echo Regional Business Awards.

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MAY
13

Price Match Schemes Pushing Coupon Use As Shoppers Pursue Discount

A new report claims that shoppers redeemed 688m coupons in 2014, up from 604m in 2013.

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MAY
11

Cost-cutting drive sees profits jump at Argos and Homebase

A cost-cutting drive overseen by the Home Retail Group, parent company of Argos and Homebase, has delivered dividends with a substantial 32 per cent jump in pre-tax profits

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MAY
8

Poundland Takes Next Step To Purchase 99p Stores

In an attempt to hold off competition, budget retailer Poundland is continuing its plans to buy the 99p Stores.

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MAY
1

Argos owner braced for tech battle

Argos owner Home Retail Group has warned of a "challenging" few months ahead as the retailer battles to transform itself for the digital age.

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MAY
1

Sainsbury's powers store with own food waste

A 1.5km cable has been installed connecting its Cannock superstore in Staffordshire with the nearby Biffa anaerobic digestion facility.

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APR
28

Access Point welcomes four new starters to Team AP

Access Point are pleased to have welcomed four new starters in the last month, boosting team numbers throughout the company.

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APR
27

Sainsbury's to axe hundreds of UK store jobs

Cuts to department and managerial positions follow head office job losses in January

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APR
24

Strong growth in Wickes’ online sales driven by one-hour click and collect

Wickes’ online sales grew strongly in the opening months of the year, thanks to the introduction of one-hour click and collect, its owner Travis Perkins said today.

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APR
14

How middle classes are flocking to pound stores

More than half of people who frequent discounters such as 99p Stores found to be among the country’s highest earners.

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APR
14

Early Easter boosts retail sales

British retail spending rose at its fastest annual rate in almost a year last month, helped by Easter falling a month earlier than in 2014.

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APR
13

Poundland boss 'disappointed and surprised' by 99p Stores ruling

The £55m deal between Poundland and 99p Stores is under threat after Competition and Markets Authority raised concerns about 92 stores

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APR
10

Poundland may have to sell 80 shops for takeover of 99p Stores to go ahead

Retailer faces in-depth probe by market watchdog, which says planned merger of low-price chains would reduce competition in areas where stores overlap

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MAR
31

Record Year For Our Promotions Team

2014-15 year was fantastic for Access Point, with substantial year-on-year growth.

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MAR
31

Retail footfall to spike over Easter

As the most anticipated weekend for retail after Christmas ‚Äď Easter Weekend ‚Äď arrives, retail intelligence specialist Springboard today forecast footfall across UK high streets, shopping centres and retail parks is set to increase by 4.7% year on year over the long weekend

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MAR
30

Sainsbury's boss Coupe eyes 1,500-strong convenience store estate

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe says the grocer could double its convenience estate to more than 1,500 stores and predicted that the big four may not exist in 10 years’ time.

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MAR
20

Travis Perkins to create 4,000 jobs

Government welcomes move by Britain’s largest distributor of building materials and owner of Wickes, Toolstation and Benchmarx chains

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MAR
16

Net loss of UK stores triples - while set-price stores open extra locations

The net loss of stores almost tripled in 2014 as the high street continued to respond to competition from online and changing consumer demand.

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MAR
13

Positive full-year sales figures for Argos despite decline in post-Christmas sales

This trading performance was in part due to annualising a 5% like-for-like sales growth in the same period last year.

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MAR
6

Well Connected TV - Featuring Access Point

We feature in the latest edition of Liverpool & Sefton Chamber 'Well Connected TV'

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MAR
3

Sainsbury's joins click-and-collect shopping revolution

Sainsbury’s will offer online shoppers the option of picking up orders in store, years after the service was introduced by rivals.

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FEB
24

We're off to Vietnam!!

Following on from the success of last years Management team building adventure to the Arctic, this year Access Point will be sending an intrepid team of 9 volunteers all the way to Vietnam.

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FEB
13

High Street suffers as more people favour out-of-town locations

Fewer shoppers visit high street and shopping centres as customers are tempted by free parking at out-of-town retail parks, figures reveal

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FEB
12

Argos Toy Exchange donates £660k worth of children's toys to Barnardo's

The initiative has now raised over £1.9m for disadvantaged children across the UK.

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FEB
6

Poundland To Spend £55m On 99p Stores Buyout

The proposed takeover is set to result in 99p Store customers having to pay an extra 1p for goods as they are rebranded.

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FEB
2

Sainsbury’s teams up with Tesla to offer electric car chargers

Tesla has opened three new Supercharger stations at Sainsbury’s supermarkets in the south of England.

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JAN
29

Argos to open digital stores in Sainsbury’s supermarkets

Argos, the UK’s leading general merchandise retailer and Sainsbury’s, the UK’s second largest grocer, have teamed up to open 10 new Argos digital stores within existing Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

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JAN
27

Access Point happy to have been involved in important NHS roadshow.

'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign highlights links between heartburn and cancer

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JAN
20

eBay announces 1m Click & Collect purchases at Argos

In the Autumn, online marketplace eBay committed to offering items from 65,000 sellers for collection from Argos by Christmas

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JAN
19

Access to food and funds

Christmas often brings out the best in people, but one local business recently went just that little bit further for us.

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JAN
16

Christmas period like-for-like sales up at Homebase and Argos

Like-for-like sales at Homebase were up 0.6% in the 18 weeks to January 3 2015.

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JAN
15

Sainsbury's leapfrogs Asda to become UK's second-largest supermakert

sainsbury's now has 16.9 per cent of the market, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

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JAN
6

‚ÄėOperation Christmas Dinner‚Äô is a huge success for Access Point

In December, Access Point decided to spread their considerable Christmas cheer out in to the community with their team challenge ‚ÄėOperation Christmas Dinner‚Äô.

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JAN
2

Welcome To The Old Courthouse

It's our first day in our new home!

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DEC
24

Farewell To AP Towers

It's our very last day at 377 Lord Street.

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DEC
5

The Co-operative commits £1.5bn to sourcing UK products

The Co-operative Food has committed £1.5bn to UK farmers as part of plans to source more British products for its own-brand ranges.

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DEC
4

Report records fall in Scottish shop vacancy rates

The number of empty shops on Scotland's high streets has fallen in the past year, according to a new report.

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DEC
1

DfE launches campaign with Argos to promote free childcare

The Department for Education (DfE) has joined up with Argos to launch a till receipt campaign that will alert parents to free childcare they may be able to claim.

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NOV
25

Access Point launch 'Operation Christmas Dinner'

In the run up to Christmas Team Access Point will be collecting donations for 'Operation Christmas Dinner' On Behalf of the Southport Foodbank

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NOV
24

Argos launches first Tube station store as it focuses on convenience

Argos has launched its first store in an Underground station to give customers convenient access to products as they travel around London.

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NOV
12

Homebase introduces next generation of gardeners

Over 1,300 young people applied but just 19 have been picked for a new place on the Homebase Garden Academy training programme.

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NOV
6

Netto opens its first UK store in Leeds today.

Netto has claimed it will ‚Äúset new standards for discount retailing in the UK‚ÄĚ as it opens its first UK store in Leeds today.

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NOV
5

Profits up at 99p Stores

The fixed price high street retailer has introduced bagged fresh produce into its range over the last few weeks as it looks to compete with convenience stores.

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NOV
4

Sainsbury’s is celebrating 20 years supporting The Royal British Legion

Sainsbury’s is celebrating 20 years supporting The Royal British Legion by doing more than ever to raise funds during this year’s Poppy Appeal.

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OCT
27

Argos targets commuters with digital OOH interactive game as part of 'Get Set Go Argos' push

Argos has furthered its ‚ÄėGet set go Argos‚Äô campaign with the launch of a digital out of home game in which commuters at London Waterloo and Euston stations can compete to win Argos prizes.

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OCT
24

Argos to have 50 digital stores trading by Christmas

Argos has revealed in his half-year results that it plans to have 50 digital stores open in time for the Christmas period.

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OCT
23

Homebase turns to Argos to transform itself into digital leader amid store closures

Homebase is to forge stronger links with sister retailer Argos as the DIY business transforms itself into a digital leader and prepares to close around a quarter of its stores.

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OCT
16

Makro contributes to Booker sales hike

Wellingborough-based cash-and-carry wholesaler Booker Group has increased half-year sales by almost 2 per cent to £2.3bn as Makro started to make a "real contribution.

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OCT
13

Argos to launch multimillion advertising campaign as part of digital drive

Retailer launches campaign to prove its no longer about laminated catalogues and miniature pens

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OCT
10

Sainsbury’s and Asda to support mobile payments

A number of retailers including Sainsbury’s and Asda have teamed up with Zapp to launch mobile payments for their customers from 2015.

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OCT
8

Meols Cop Sainsbury's set for green light

Controversial plans to build a new Sainsbury's supermarket on Meols Cop Retail Park in Southport look set to get the go-ahead

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OCT
6

Scotmid unveils new energy-saving store

Scotmid Co-operative has unveiled its new energy-saving store in Moredun in Edinburgh, in what it says is ‚Äúone of the first and most innovative major sustainability retrofits in the UK‚ÄĚ.

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SEP
30

More Argos stores get a digital makeover

Argos has given two more of its London stores a 'digital makeover', designed to embrace the benefits of online shopping while retaining the convenience of a physical store.

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SEP
29

99p store will expand number of stores by 40%

Value retailer 99p Stores is set to offer more of its affordable product range across the UK.

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SEP
19

99p Stores targets convenience supermarkets with retail overhaul

The budget retailer 99p Stores is undergoing an overhaul and raising its ambitions, chief operating officer Tony Brown tells Retail Week.

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SEP
18

Owners of Southport's former law courts find buyer for unwanted wooden legal benches

Edge Hill University has snapped up the furniture in a bid to build their own court room for legal students

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AUG
27

Southport's former law courts switch to offices a step closer

Detailed plans for the redesign of Southport's former law courts as offices for an advertising business have now been drawn up.

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AUG
26

Argos and Homebase look to stay on trend with new appointments

Home Retail Group, the parent company of both Argos and Homebase, have created the position of ‚ÄėHead of Trends‚Äô....

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AUG
18

Co-op to give £5m to UK farmers

The Co-operative is giving £5 million to British farmers who supply its own-brand fresh meat, poultry and milk.

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AUG
15

99p Coffee

How much would you typically be looking to spend on a coffee?

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AUG
13

99p Stores thinks big in Northampton

99p Stores’ Abington Street branch is the first of a brand new concept for the chain: it has an in-store bakery; a ramped up fresh food offering; takeaway coffee; and a more spacious design.

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AUG
7

Co-op to open pop-up kiosks

The Co-operative is to open pop-up kiosks that will serve shoppers during store refurbishments.

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JUL
28

Retail sales rise 1.6% in second quarter

British retail sales have risen by the largest amount in over ten years in a calendar quarter as British consumers hit the shops.

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JUL
21

Argos to start same-day delivery

Retailer will trial service from its online operation as it attempts to fight back against Amazon

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JUL
17

Netto And Sainsbury's Pinpoint Where They Want 15 Trial Stores

Netto has pinpointed where it wants to open it's 15 trial stores when it makes its return to the UK this autumn.

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JUL
7

Netto to bring Scandinavian flair to UK discount sector

In a joint venture with Sainsbury's, Danish international discount grocery retailer Netto is returning to Britain in an attractive new trial format to bring a fresh Scandinavian flavour to the UK discount sector.

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JUL
3

Argos and eBay extend click and collect partnership

Argos and eBay have extended their click and collect partnership to 650 Argos UK stores as the retailers take the fight to Amazon.

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JUL
2

Morrisons and Tesco lose grip on market share and sales...rivals Asda and Sainsbury’s increased their market share.

Morrisons and Tesco have both suffered another heavy fall in sales and market share in the last 12 weeks despite efforts to slash prices and win customers back into their stores.

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JUN
27

99p Stores opens new Plus format in modernisation push

99p Stores has kicked off a transformation programme including the launch of a new format as it seeks to professionalise in the competitive discount market.

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JUN
12

Argos and Homebase like-for-likes rise in first quarter

Argos’s like-for-likes rose 4.9% in its first quarter....

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MAY
23

Sainsbury's to anchor Talbot Green

Sainsbury’s gets green light, construction to commence on new £200 million town centre in South Wales

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MAY
15

Southport-based Access Point Ltd are now the proud proprietors of the disused justice building

New owners of town's former courts say they have big plans for the building.

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MAY
13

April retail sales rise 4.2%

Retail sales have bounced back 4.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis from April 2013 as retailers benefited from the rebounding housing market.

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MAY
9

Profit rises 16.3% at Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s has delivered a strong set of results for the 52 weeks to 15 March 2014 as it shunned price cutting made by its big four rivals.

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MAY
2

Argos invests in big data to personalise customer experience and plans to open more digital concept stores

Argos has seen a 45 percent increase in the number of registered customers in its database after launching a ‚ÄėMy account‚Äô function across its online channels.

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MAY
1

Home Retail Group sales rise as Argos turnaround plan continues

Argos and Homebase operator Home Retail Group has posted a 3 per cent sales rise to £5.6bn for the 52 weeks to 1 March.

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APR
25

Co-op Food spending £100m lowering prices of essential products

Co-op Food will spend £100m lowering the prices of hundreds of staple products in response to growing pressure from discount stores.

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APR
4

Argos' First Digital Store in the North Opens in Manchester

Argos has opened its first new digital store in the North of England in Manchester, transforming the shopping experience for local customers....

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APR
1

Exclusive New Contract Confirmed - Homebase Contract Parking

Access Point are pleased to announce our newest venture, exclusive contract parking facilities for Homebase stores.....

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MAR
31

New Career For Six New Access Point Starters

We are pleased to announce that due to our continued expansion, an incredible six new people joined the Access Point team this week....

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MAR
1

Shop vacancy rate falls 0.5% in February as convenience stores and pop-up shops help fill empty premises

The shop vacancy rate has decreased to 13.6 per cent from 14.1 per cent a year ago, according to the Local Data Company.

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FEB
1

Ireland poised to rebound

For the first time since 2007, all indicators are now pointing to a stabilisation in retail conditions across Ireland.

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JAN
1

Argos and Homebase see sales rise

Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos and Homebase, has said its profits will be at the top end of forecasts after reporting higher Christmas sales.

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DEC
1

Barclays backing 99p Stores store rollout with £25m investment

Barclays has extended its banking facilities with 99p Stores to £25m which will help accelerate new store openings from 2014.

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NOV
1

Sainsbury's grows market share to highest in a decade

Sainsbury’s has grown its profit before tax by 9.1 per cent to £433m in its first half results, as it increased market share to the highest point for a decade.

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NOV
1

Homebase achieves its best performance since 2002

Like-for-like sales at Homebase for the first half of this year were up 5.9%, its best performance since acquisition in 2002.

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NOV
1

Sainsbury's now the second-largest UK supermarket

Sainsbury's overtakes Asda to become second-largest UK supermarket as profits soar 9%.

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OCT
1

Transformation plan drives Argos growth

The owner of Homebase and Argos says the group has had ‚Äėa good first half‚Äô with sales up across both businesses.

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