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04 April 2011
While the fortunes of some US food and grocery retailers improved, 2011 was a challenging year as the pace of economic recovery remained slow.  In 2011, consumers were treading carefully, under pressure from high unemployment, a weak housing market and the removal of US stimulus programmes. In response, many retailers were forced to re-think their strategies, given that price and prom...
25 January 2011
As thoughts shift from 2010’s achievements to 2011’s goals and aspirations, our expert analyst team has identified ten key trends that will shape the commercial agenda in the year ahead. 2011 looks set to be another action-packed year. We are anticipating more emphasis on online retailing, overseas markets and sustainability, among other key areas. These predictions draw on extensive I...
11 January 2011
Household budgets look set to be stretched further by tax increases and inflation in 2011. Grocery retailers will therefore continue to focus on developing the relationship they have with shoppers in a bid to win sales from their competitors. Here, we explore some of the ways in which this is being achieved and how these trends may evolve during 2011. Focus on value Price contin...
14 October 2010
Growth in the convenience sector is, in part, the result of the changes in consumers' lifestyles and, as a result, capturing this growth  requires an innovative and responsive approach from operators. Here, we explore some of the ways in which retailers are capitalising on developments in technology and services in order to adapt to the evolving needs of their customers and deliver a m...
01 September 2010
When people think of Switzerland, their minds probably turn to chocolate, watches or neutrality. But this landlocked country is also home to a flourishing and dynamic consumer goods industry. The Swiss grocery retail market is estimated to be worth EUR44.9bn in 2012, rising to EUR45.2bn in 2013.  The top two retailers are domestic operators Migros and Coop Schweiz, but discounter...
10 June 2010
Despite the recession, 2009 proved to be a challenging year for discounters in many European markets. So does this signal a pause or a full stop in the discounters’ growth story? Here, we look at the reasons behind this subdued performance and explore the growth prospects for the channel. Mixed success for discounters across Europe Last year seemed like the perfect storm for disc...

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