introduced Amazon Student program that offers special discounts and promotions on school and residence essentials

  • Designed especially for university and college students, Amazon Student members can take advantage of six months of Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of eligible items
  • New program offers special discounts and promotions on school and residence essentials including electronics, household products, school supplies and more

SEATTLE, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, introduced Amazon Student. Amazon Student is a program created for university and college students, where anyone currently enrolled can get Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of eligible items with Amazon Prime. Amazon Student members receive the first six months free, and after that their annual cost of Prime is $39 a year—half the price of a regular Prime membership. Additionally, Amazon Student members have access to offers and promotions designed especially for students.

“We want students to feel empowered by offering a program that makes going off to university and preparing for the upcoming semester easy and affordable — where students can get fast, free shipping and have everything they need delivered directly to their doorstep,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for “Amazon Student saves time and money and makes it convenient for university students to find deals on room essentials and campus must-haves like electronics, small kitchen appliances and more. Plus, students can find a wide variety of textbooks – all at”

Amazon Student members can take advantage of benefits, including:

  • Six months of Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of eligible items with Amazon Prime. After that, Prime benefits are $39 a year for Amazon Student members—half the price of a regular Amazon Prime membership.
  • Access to Amazon Student exclusive offers on a wide selection of items including electronics from brands like Acer, video games and consoles from brands like Sony and Ouya; school supplies and organizers from 3M; software from Rosetta Stone; dry grocery items including breakfast bars, snack food, coffees and teas; beauty supplies and health and personal care products; home products from Hoover and Dirt Devil; and more.
  • With Unlimited FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible items, students don’t have to worry about finding a ride off campus to get their school supplies. Students can order everything from the comfort of home and have items shipped directly to their doorstep.

In addition to the new Amazon Student program, university students can save up to 90% on used textbooks and 35% on new textbooks in the Textbooks store (

To learn more about the new program, visit

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15 tonnes of high quality English grown apricots will be made available in 200 Tesco stores across UK

Cheshunt, England, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — It’s taken several years of careful preparation but 2014 will go down in agricultural history as the year that the UK got its own apricot industry.

While very small amounts of English grown apricots have appeared on supermarket shelves over the last few years this is the first time that any substantial volume has been available.

For the next six weeks fruit lovers will be able to buy 15 tonnes of high quality apricots grown near Staplehurst, Kent in the heart of the garden of England in 200 Tesco stores across the UK.

But even better news is that, weather permitting, by next year production could be up to 100 tonnes.

The arrival of the English variety should be heralded as good news by British shoppers who in the last year bought 18 per cent more apricots than the previous year, according to latest data from retail analysts Kantar.

Besides the more intense flavour of the English grown variety there is another good reason to cheer the arrival of homegrown apricots as the British growing season will allow production to be taken into September – a time when no other country in the world produces apricots.

Tesco lead fruit development manager Natalie Slack said: “Not only do British shoppers enjoy arguably the best strawberries, cherries, apples and pears in the world grown here in the UK but soon we could also have an apricot industry to rival that of France.

“Until a few years ago it was near impossible to grow apricots in the UK because of the climate but with the selection of the right varieties and pruning of the trees to suit our weather as well as Nigel’s tenacity as a grower this existing project has been made possible.

“And ironically the cooler British night time temperature is set to produce very high quality apricots as the fruit grows more slowly resulting in a more intense taste and stronger, richer colour.”

Tesco started working on the project with one of the UK’s biggest stone fruit growers, Nigel Bardsley, five years ago with view to launching major scale English apricot production.

Nigel, a Tesco supplier for 25 years, enlisted a team of experts comprising breeders, agronomists and growers to create a production plan which culminated in the planting of eight hectares of orange fleshed, French type apricots.

After visiting French growers a few years ago Nigel planted 5000 apricot trees across eight hectares of land and the first fruit from his orchards will start arriving in Tesco stores this week (w/c July 14).Nigel Bardsley (pictured below) said: “There is a growing demand for apricots here in Britain and if all goes well by next year I should see a return of 100 tonnes in the next two to three years an annual crop return of about 400 tonnes.“When I heard about the new apricot cultivars that were available I jumped at the chance of getting these. The fruit we had before flowered too early, in March, when it was still too cold. It was far too risky which is why no one ever tried to grow them on a commercial basis.

“Generally, the British weather pattern has changed over the last few years and we now tend to be getting milder winters and later springs which suits apricot production.“And because production will go into September then for the first time ever we may soon have France, Spain, Portugal and other countries around the world buying apricots from Britain.”

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Kesko Group reports €792.1 million in sales excluding VAT for June 2014

Kesko Group’s sales, excluding VAT, in June 2014 totalled €792.1 million, down 0.9%.

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In Kesko’s food trade, sales in June were €369.7 million, matching the level of the previous year. The number of delivery days in June was one more than in the previous year.

In the home and speciality goods trade, sales in June were €94.7 million, a decrease of 7.5%. The sales performance was especially impacted by the decline in the sales of the department store trade. Sales growth was recorded by the online stores and Asko and Sotka. The number of retail selling days in June was one less than in the previous year.

In the building and home improvement trade, sales in June were €248.5 million, up 2.6%. In terms of local currencies, sales increased by 6.6%. Sales in Finland increased by 9.8%. Sales abroad decreased by 2.0% in euros, but increased by 4.5% in local currencies.

In the car and machinery trade, sales in June were €92.3 million, a decrease of 5.8%. VV-Auto’s sales in June were €63.9 million, up 1.7%. Konekesko’s sales in June were €28.4 million, a decrease of 19.0% from the previous year.

Kesko Group sales in euros, excluding VAT, in June 2014:

June 2014 1.1. – 30.06.2014
€ million Change, % € million Change, %
Food trade, total 369.7 0.0 2,131.4 -1.3
Home and speciality goods trade, total 94.7 -7.5 604.8 -10.0
Building and home improvement trade, Finland 104.7 9.8 641.2 1.9
Building and home improvement trade, other countries 143.8 -2.0 707.0 1.1
Building and home improvement trade, total 248.5 2.6 1,348.3 1.5
Car and machinery trade, total 92.3 -5.8 569.1 1.3
Common operations and eliminations -13.1 -85.5
Grand total 792.1 -0.9 4,568.0 -1.5
Finland, total 627.6 0.1 3,740.7 -2.6
Other countries, total 164.4 -4.3 827.3 3.6
Grand total 792.1 -0.9 4,568.0 -1.5

Change, % indicates the change over the corresponding period of the previous year.

In June 2014, the number of selling days in Kesko’s wholesale in Finland was 20, which was one more than in the previous year. The total number of selling days in January-June was one less than in the previous year. The number of retail selling days in June was 28, which was one less than in the previous year. The total number of retail selling days in January-June was the same as in the previous year.

Kesko releases advance information on the K-Group’s retail sales quarterly, in connection with interim reports.

Further information is available from Vice President, Group Controller Eva Kaukinen, tel. +358 105 322 338.

Kesko Corporation

Merja Haverinen
Vice President, Group Communications

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IKEA submits plans to Clark County, Nevada for a Las Vegas-area store

CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today announced it is submitting plans to Clark County, Nevada for a Las Vegas-area store that would increase the Swedish retailer’s presence in the western United States.

The application marks the beginning of the governmental approval process that could lead to the store’s opening as early as Summer 2016. Until then, customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores in: Covina, CA; Tempe, AZ, or Draper, UT; or online at

Located in the Spring Valley area of Clark County, approximately 13 miles southwest of downtown Las Vegas, the 351,000-square-foot proposed IKEA store and its nearly 1,300 parking spaces would be built on 26 acres along the northern side of Interstate-215 at Durango Drive, near the intersection with Sunset Road. Store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. IKEA also will evaluate potential on-site power generation possibilities to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“We look forward to continue growing our western U.S. presence with IKEA Las Vegas,” said IKEA U.S. CFO Rob Olson. “This accessible location would provide the already 101,000 Las Vegas-area customers a store of their own and introduce the unique IKEA shopping experience to other consumers throughout Clark County and Southern Nevada.”

IKEA Las Vegas would feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 450-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected to be created during the construction phase, approximately 300 coworkers would join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Las Vegas also would provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

IKEA, drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect of nature, believes it can be a good business while doing good business and aims to minimize impacts on the environment. IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycled construction materials, warehouse skylights, and water-conserving restrooms; and operationally, eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and by 2016 selling only LED bulbs. IKEA U.S. has solar arrays atop 90% of its locations, has announced plans to purchase 49 wind turbines in Illinois, and has rolled-out EV charging stations at 13 stores.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 350 IKEA stores in 44 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100.” IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @DesignByIKEA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Contact: Joseph Roth, U.S. Expansion
(610) 834-0180, x 6500

H&M Group reports 12 percent increase in total sales for June 2014 compared to the same month last year

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — In June 2014, the H&M Group total sales including VAT increased by 12 percent in local currencies compared to the same month last year. Sales in June were negatively affected by calendar effects of approximately 3 – 4 percentage points.

The total number of stores amounted to 3,301 on 30 June 2014 versus 2,926 on 30 June 2013.

Percentage sales development for the month of July will be published on 15 August 2014.

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

Contact person:  The press department     +46-8-796 5300

The information in this press release is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under Sweden’s Securities Market Act. It was released for publication at 08.00 (CET) on 15 July 2014.
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the Group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday, Cheap Monday, & Other Stories as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has more than 3,300 stores in 54 markets. In 2013, sales including VAT were approximately SEK 150 billion. The number of employees amounts to more than 116,000.
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Please note the contact details above are only for media representatives. For other enquiries contact H&M’s switchboard on +46 8 796 55 00.


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,667,510 Ahold common shares in the period from July 7, 2014 up to and including July 11, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.5665 per share for a total consideration of € 36.19 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 123,064,305 common shares for a total consideration of € 1,600.00 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.

BRC-KPMG ONLINE RETAIL SALES MONITOR JUNE 2014: UK sales of non-food products grew 10.6% vs last year’s June

LONDON, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 10.6% in June versus a year earlier. In June 2013, they had increased by 12.5% over the previous year. This is the lowest online growth recorded since July 2013.

In June, online sales represented 17.2% of total Non-Food sales of our Monitor, against 15.9% in June 2013. June’s penetration was greater than its 3-month average, at 16.7%.

Excluding Health & Beauty, Footwear was the only category to report growth above the total 3-month and 12-month averages. Indeed, there was a strong contribution of online to UK Footwear sales last month. Toys & Baby Equipment – reported for the first time in this release – performed ahead of Clothing and the home categories.

Online sales contributed 1.4 percentage points to the growth of Non-Food total sales. When compared to the UK total sales growth of 0.6% last month, this can be viewed as a strong online performance.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “Despite online growth of non-food items having increased at its lowest rate since July 2013, the proportion of online sales keeps increasing. This is due to the enhanced online shopping experience which retailers have worked hard to provide for their customers. Retailer’s sophisticated multichannel propositions are especially convenient for shoppers who do not want to brave busy stores during the summer sale season. This means that people can browse leisurely for goods online, through their mobiles, desktops or tablets, in the comfort of their own home or on the move. Online sales also include shoppers buying online and collecting in-store which often incorporates the best of both worlds as customers can collect at their convenience instead of waiting at home for the delivery and will often take the opportunity of a top up purchase.

“Scale is becoming a key differentiating factor for the online market. Large retailers with a more advanced online services proposition and able to utilise efficient distribution and logistics can now offer on their website brands from other retailers who don’t have sufficient scale online.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “The blazing summer sun proved too much of a distraction for shoppers in June and online sales growth slowed to the lowest level seen in a year. However, the summer months are traditionally a weaker time for online sales and this slowdown will not give retailers too much cause for concern. The onus is on retailers to better connect with consumers online and deliver innovative, personalised campaigns which will capture the average shopper’s imagination and encourage them to spend online and in store. With a summer of sport, festivals and local events taking place across the country, there are numerous opportunities for retailers to link online campaigns with the great outdoors and regain the attention of shoppers.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900.



BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR JUNE 2014: UK retail sales down 0.8% vs June 2013

LONDON, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retail sales were down 0.8% on a like-for-like basis from June 2013, when they had increased 1.4% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 0.6%, against a 2.9% rise in June 2013.

Excluding Easter distortions, this is the lowest total growth recorded since May 2011. However, the three-month average is in line with the twelve-month average of 2.5%

Over the last three months, Food showed almost no total growth, at 0.1%, in contrast with the growth of 1.1% experienced over the last twelve months. Non-Food reported growth in line with the twelve-month average of 3.7% over the last four months – which irons out Easter distortions.

Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 10.6% in June versus a year earlier. The Non-Food online penetration rate was 17.2% in June, 0.9 percentage point higher than in June 2013.

Helen Dickinson, Director General, British Retail Consortium, said: “Consumers continue to benefit from competitive pricing, which may be the cause of softer like-for-like sales in June. For retailers, it’s a bit of a mixed picture, with food sales down and non-food sales up but at a slower rate than in June. Are consumers pausing for a breath after the recent rush for revamping their homes? Could it be that they are feeling a touch more confident and have bought into fashion at full price, which in turn has encouraged some retailers to delay their summer sales? In this case, retailers may find that their margins are less affected than figures would suggest.

“On the other hand, the total value of overall food sales is still in decline but the lower pricing policies we have witnessed are good news for consumers who are set to continue to benefit from keen bargains in their shopping baskets.

“The recovery is still on track, however, we are detecting differences in attitudes from customers, perhaps led by the competitive environment for food prices. Consumers are delighted to be saving on their food bills, but are prepared to spend a little bit more on discretionary items.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG, said: “Concern over a potential rise in interest rates is having a dampening effect on retail sales. June saw the brakes applied to spending as shoppers put purchases of big ticket items on hold whilst they waited to see if the Bank of England would take action on interest rates. Even sales of home accessories and furniture flat-lined, which is surprising given the UK is reportedly in the midst of a housing boom.

“Sales in the food sector also struggled, with England’s early exit from the World Cup exacerbating the grocers’ problems. The price war continues to take a heavy toll on the profitability of the sector, which saw sales decline in value again this month.

“Clothing retailers fared better, with glorious sunshine driving demand for summer clothes and shoes. These steady sales mean that most fashion retailers have not resorted to the deep discounting we have seen in previous years, and this will help them to hold on to their margins.

“Looking forward, retailers have two months of tough comparables coming up after Murray mania, a heat-wave and the arrival of the royal baby boosted sales last year. This past performance will make like for likes look challenging over the next quarter.”

British Retail Consortium, 21 Dartmouth Street, Westminster, London, SW1H 9BP. 020 7854 8900.


Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced Old Navy’s donation drive to support young people in communities across the US

Retailer to Match Customer Donations, for a Potential Total Donation of $1 Million

ATLANTA, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) today announced Old Navy’s donation drive to support young people in communities across the US. The drive will take place in Old Navy stores nationwide from July 17th through July 30th, during the brand’s uniform sale. Old Navy will match customer donations made in stores, up to $500K, bringing the potential total donation to $1 million.

Donations support Camp Old Navy, an initiative that invests in summer programs for underserved kids, helping them get ready for the next school year and giving them their first job experience in Old Navy stores. Old Navy has supported BGCA and local Clubs through Camp Old Navy for 15 years, and over 80,000 young people have participated in the program. Camp Old Navy’s 2014 program incorporates ‘Play’ – an opportunity to change lives through community involvement by providing kids with access to organized, experiential learning and play, helping drive them towards great futures.

“We are grateful for Old Navy’s partnership on Camp Old Navy and their continued commitment to supporting great futures for kids,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO of BGCA. “The donation drive will help us ensure our members reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

Old Navy stores across North America will amplify the impact of the donation drive through volunteering with local Boys & Girls Club locations. Employees volunteer to give kids in their community experiential learning opportunities that make summer education fun and valuable. The stores also invite teens and young adults to participate in “job shadow” days, offering them a behind-the-scenes look at the retail operation and the chance to build skills that help them prepare for their first jobs. These programs open the door to new experiences for Boys & Girls Clubs’ young people and build connections with adult mentors that make lasting impressions.

“Our ongoing partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs underscores our strong belief that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed, whatever their circumstance may be,” said Ivan Wicksteed, CMO of Old Navy. “We are very proud of the work that we have done together over the years, and we are excited to show the generosity of our community of customers through our donation drive.”

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,100 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at and

About Old Navy
Old Navy is a global apparel and accessories brand that makes current American fashion essentials accessible to every family. Originated in 1994, the brand has now grown to one of the largest apparel retailers in North America. A division of San Francisco-based Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), Old Navy brings a fun, energizing shopping environment to its customers in more than 1,000 stores in the U.S., Canada, China, Japan and the Philippines. For more information, please visit

ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by 0.1% for the week ending July 12, fifth consecutive weekly gain

Fifth Consecutive Weekly Gain

NEW YORK, 2014-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index rose by 0.1% for the week ending July 12 – relative to its prior week – marking its fifth consecutive sequential weekly gain. On a year-over-year basis, sales momentum accelerated to a strong +4.5% compared to the same week of the prior year.

“Business for the past week was up sharply for most segments,” noted Michael Niemira, ICSC research consultant. “Dollar stores, wholesale clubs, and electronics retailers in particular saw stellar strength over the week, but very impressive strength was also seen for drug, department, apparel, discounters, and furniture stores relative to the same week of the prior year. Looking ahead, July sales should see growth of around 3-4%,” he added.

Fiscal month sales will be reported on August 7.

Week Ending         Index 1977=100        Year/Year Change          Weekly Change
12-Jul-14                    584.4                            4.5%                           0.1%
05-Jul-14                    583.8                            3.3%                           1.7%
28-June-14                 574.1                            4.6%                           1.0%
21-June-14                 568.2                            4.1%                           2.0%
14-June-14                 557.0                            3.1%                           0.4%

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 67,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials. For more information, visit

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