John Lewis saw sales of £108.8m this week breaking the £100m barrier for the first time this year

This week’s big story

LONDON, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week saw sales of £108.8m, breaking the £100m barrier for the first time this year and matching our 2013 record for the earliest week to have reached this milestone. Lighting had its best ever sales week and was +10.4 % year on year.

Weekly trading update

This week saw sales of £108.8m, breaking the £100m barrier for the first time this year and matching our 2013 record for the earliest week to have reached this milestone. Sales were +7.2% on last year and +13.7% week on week. Online sales were +15% year on year.

Top of mind for customers this week was giving their homes a pre-Christmas makeover to be ‘guest-ready’ for the festive season, with sales of furniture and home entertaining a driving force.

Home showed the strongest signs of this trend with sales +9.0% year on year.  Lighting had its best ever sales week and was +10.4% year on year.  Within Home, guest beds and bedlinen were particularly strong performers +50% and +11% year on year respectively.

Being ready to welcome guests for the festive season was a theme also borne out in our EHT assortment which posted growth at +4.7% for the year.  Large screen televisions over 50″ led this charge +65% year on year indicating that families will be gathering at home to watch Christmas specials. Pre-Christmas kitchen improvements have also commenced with Smeg Range Cookers +179% year on year. This was joined by impressive week on week performances from the Bosch American Style Fridge Freezer +44% and John Lewis Built In Oven +10%.

Our fashion and beauty assortments have also shown strong results at +8.5% year on year with premium beauty demonstrating particularly impressive year on year growth +17.3%.

In our shops, our Countdown to Christmas event drove footfall to branches, with stand-out performances from our at home shops including Newbury +21.4%, Chichester +20.3%, Poole 19.6%, and Tunbridge Wells +13.5%, along with two of our more recent store openings Exeter +19.0% and Stratford +12.5.%.

There was also high praise for our omnichannel offering as our shops and supply chain both received accolades this week. We were named Retail and Etail Fulfilment Operation of the Year at the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards alongside John Lewis York being named Best Department Store of the Year at the Retail Week Interiors Awards.

Simon Russell, director, Retail Operations Development at John Lewis, said: ‘We’re delighted to have broken the £100m sales barrier this week matching our previous record for the earliest week to achieve this level of sales.  Alongside this our lighting department achieved its best ever sales week +10.4% year on year, with designer brands performing particularly well. This is particularly pleasing reinforcing John Lewis as the destination for both design-led and practical home interiors. Planning for additional guests over the festive period appears well under way this week with customers giving their homes pre-Christmas makeovers with impressive results from guest beds and kitchen appliances.

‘Sales were also helped by customers coming into shops for our Countdown to Christmas weekend. Our Never Knowingly Undersold promise also came into force as we matched a competitor’s promotion.’

All figures quoted are total sales including VAT

  • +7.2% year on year increase
  • +13.7% week on week increase
  • £108.8m sterling total
  • 15.0% year on year increase johnlewis.com

Week on week increases are percentage increase in sales value.

What Britain’s buying

(year on year % increase)

  • +179% Smeg range cookers
  • +65% Large screen TVs (over 50″)
  • +50% Guest beds
  • +11% Bedlinen
  • +10.4% Lighting.

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership where all 30,000 staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014.

Enquiries

For further information please contact:

Email: johnlewis@brands2life.com
Telephone: 0207 592 1200

Toys“R”Us® announces its Thanksgiving Weekend plans to serve up hundreds of hot deals and doorbusters

Rewards“R”Us® Members Receive Exclusive Opportunity to Beat the Crowds and Shop 100-Plus Items at Black Friday Prices at Toys“R”Us Stores and Toysrus.com Beginning Sunday, November 23

WAYNE, NJ, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Toys“R”Us® today announced its Thanksgiving Weekend plans to serve up hundreds of hot deals and doorbusters on the season’s most sought-after playthings, totaling more than $8,000 in potential toy savings for holiday shoppers. As Toys“R”Us stores nationwide open at 5pm on Thursday, November 27*, deal-seeking customers can snap up great gifts from top brands, including Disney Frozen, Barbie®, Skylanders,Crayola®, Minecraft and more. As an added bonus for the company’s nearly 19 million loyalty members, Toys“R”Us will provide exclusive, early access to Black Friday deals on more than 100 items beginning Sunday, November 23. Whether customers are looking to save before the Thanksgiving table sets, browse and buy online, or stand in line for all the plaything on their kids’ must-have lists, Toys“R”Us is the one stop toy shoppers can’t afford to miss this Black Friday.

“We’ve been working all year long to bring incredible Black Friday deals on hundreds of toys to our customers,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “By rewarding our most loyal shoppers with the opportunity to beat the crowds with early access to deals, and introducing ‘Black Friday Made Easy’ initiatives heading into Thanksgiving Weekend, we’re committed to helping gift-givers find the perfect present for the children in their lives.”

Rewards“R”Us Loyalty Members: ’Tis the Season for Extra Savings and More Incentives

This holiday, Toys“R”Us is spreading cheer by offering exclusive benefits, including early access to Black Friday deals, to its most loyal customers. Rewards“R”Us members will receive a special offer, granting them access to Toys“R”Us Black Friday deals on 100-plus items, both in-store and online, beginning Sunday, November 23.

Rewards“R”Us members have the added benefit of accumulating points on their purchases, thus extending their holiday savings, with the ability to apply those points to last-minute Christmas gifts or wait to use the points for Toys“R”Us shopping into the new year.

Throughout November and December, “R”Us Credit Cardholders are eligible to receive 10% off their Toys“R”Us and/or Babies“R”Us purchases when they use their “R”Us Credit Card in-store on Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. Through December 20, existing Cardholders can also save 10% every Saturday when they use their “R”Us Credit Card in-store**. Shoppers who elect to open an account in-store on Saturdays can stack this offer along with our everyday 15%*** off purchases or 6 months special financing offer****, granting shoppers maximum ways to save this holiday season. Those who wish to apply for an “R”Us Credit Card can simply visit any “R”Us store nationwide or Toysrus.com/Rewardsrus.

Night Owls Can Feast on Thanksgiving Weekend Savings Online, Starting Wednesday

Consumers who prefer to make their toy purchases from the comfort of home can shop the majority of the Toys“R”Us Thanksgiving Weekend deals starting at 10pm EST on Wednesday, November 26 at Toysrus.com/BlackFriday.

#BlackFridayMadeEasy at Toys“R”Us

Toys“R”Us stores are dedicated to making Black Friday shopping as easy as possible for consumers. From all-new Toys“R”Us G.P.S. (Guru for Play Stuff) associates ready to provide expert shopping advice on the busiest days of the season, a new Express Lane for gift-givers who have a purchase of two items or less and digital store-specific maps to help shoppers quickly navigate the toy aisles, Toys“R”Us is pulling out all the stops to remove the guesswork and ensure customers will find that perfect gift for the child on their holiday shopping list.

Customers can also join the conversation using the hashtag #BlackFridayMadeEasy and follow Toys“R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and on Instagram at Instagram.com/Toysrus, for regular updates.

For high-resolution photos related to Black Friday, click here.

For company news and updates throughout the season, visit the Toys“R”Us Holiday Press Room.

Following are highlights of the 4-hour doorbusters available at Toys“R”Us stores nationwide beginning Thursday, November 27 from 5pm to 9pm, while supplies last (no rain checks).

Following are examples of additional savings that will be available beginning Thursday, November 27 at 5pm through Saturday, November 29 at midnight, while supplies last (no rain checks). Those who want to shop online as early as 10pm on Wednesday, November 26, will be delighted to find the majority of the following deals available at Toysrus.com.

  • ONLY $10 SPECIALLY MARKED Babies“R”Us® Brand Diapers, Wipes and Laundry Detergent
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FOR $1 on Select DVD and Blu-Ray Movies
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FOR 40% ALL Video Game Software
  • OVER 60% OFF for Crayola® Exclusive Super Art Color Kit and Craft Kit or Fabulous Art Kit – Was $14.99; Now $5.99
  • OVER 60% OFF ALL Disney Treasury Books! – Was $14.99; Now $5.99
  • ONLY $15 for Leapfrog® Explorer™and LeapPad™ Software – Was $24.99 (available early to Rewards“R”Us members)
  • 50% OFF Fisher-Price® Medical Kits – Was $14.99; Now $7.49 (available early to Rewards“R”Us members)
  • 50% OFF ALL KRE-O® Items (available early to Rewards“R”Us members)
  • SELECT GAMES ONLY $3, $5 and $7

Following are selected deals available on Friday, November 28 from 7am through Saturday, as well as online at Toysrus.com, while supplies last (no rain checks):

  • BUY 1 GET 1 FOR 40% OFF ALL Disney Infinity Video Games, Figures, Playsets and Accessories (available early to Rewards“R”Us members)
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FOR 40% OFF ALL Skylanders Trap Team™ Figures and Traps (available early to Rewards“R”Us members)
  • ONLY $49.99 for Skylanders Trap Team™ Starter Packs – Was $64.99-$74.99; Now $49.99 (available early to Rewards“R”Us members)
  • SAVE $20 on Exclusive Disney Frozen Anna’s Frozen Adventure Play Set or Singing and Talking Elsa and Anna 2-pack– Was $49.99; Now $29.99
  • 50% OFF Kurio 7S Android Family Tablet – Was $99.99; Now $49.99
  • SAVE $10 on Camelio II 7-inch Android Family Tablet + BONUS Free Accessory Kit with Purchase ($19.99 value)
  • SAVE $40 on Polaroid 9-inch Dual Core Tablet – Was $99.99; Now $59.99
  • 50% OFF Exclusive Power Rangers Super MegaForce™ Deluxe Morpher and 20 Ranger Keys – Was $69.99; Now $34.99
  • SAVE $50 on any 5th Gen Apple® 16GB iPod Touch® – Was $199.99; Now $149.99
  • ONLY $1 for PlayDoh® 4-Pack; over 70% off – Was $3.99; Now $1

*Toys“R”Us stores nationwide will open at 5pm on Thursday, November 27 and remain open until 11pm on Friday, November 28, except for stores in Paramus, NJ, which will open on Thanksgiving from 5 – 11pm and will reopen on Friday, November 28 at 7am. Select stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico will also have varying store open times. All store hours can be found online at www.Toysrus.com/BlackFridayStoreHours.

**Some exclusions/conditions apply. See store for details. Must request 10% off discount at time of purchase on Thursdays and Saturdays through December 20.

***Some exclusions apply. See the “R”Us Rewards program terms or an associate for details.

****Minimum monthly payments required. See an associate or special financing disclosures in store for details.Rewards“R”Us Card offered by Toys“R”Us, Inc. “R”Us Credit Card and “R”Us MasterCard are issued by Synchrony Bank pursuant to a license from MasterCard International, Inc. MasterCard is a registered trade mark of MasterCard International Incorporated.

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About Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 876 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, and in more than 725 international stores and over 200 licensed stores in 36 countries and jurisdictions. In addition, it exclusively operates the legendary FAO Schwarz brand and sells extraordinary toys in the brand’s flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites includingToysrus.com, Babiesrus.com, eToys.com and FAO.com, it provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Headquartered in Wayne, NJ, Toys“R”Us, Inc. employs approximately 70,000 associates annually worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Additional information about Toys“R”Us, Inc. can be found on Toysrusinc.com. Follow Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus, Facebook.com/Babiesrus and Facebook.com/FAO and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrusand Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

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Media Contacts:
Toys“R”Us, Inc.
Samantha Xenis
973-617-5306/646-366-8826
Samantha.Xenis@toysrus.com

Bjorn Trowery
973-617-4380/646-366-8825            
Bjorn.Trowery@toysrus.com

CVS Health signed lease for the creation of new Digital Innovation Lab at 116 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA

BOSTON, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (November 17, 2014) CVS Health announced it has signed a lease for the creation of a new Digital Innovation Lab at 116 Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA. The new 15,130 square feet Boston-based center will serve as a vital hub for the rapidly growing CVS Health Digital team, which will remain headquartered in Woonsocket, R.I. CVS Health also recently completed the opening of a new Digital Experience Center at the company’s headquarters in Woonsocket, and is actively recruiting new talent for both locations.

Boston was chosen because of the wealth of tech sector businesses establishing brick and mortar sites and the fact that it is one of the world’s renowned healthcare cities serving as the home to many leading medical institutions. CVS Health is a leader in the convergence of healthcare, retail and technology, and this new location will be instrumental in furthering the company’s mission of leveraging digital technology to put people on the path to better health.

“Boston is on the cutting edge of healthcare, and we have a thriving tech environment fueling innovation,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Boston is the ideal location for CVS Health to invest in the Digital Innovation Lab, which will be a source of new ideas that will drive this company into the future.”

“As a company that touches consumers not just through our retail stores, but through all the critical pharmacy and healthcare services we offer, CVS Health has a unique opportunity to impact our customers’ lives in meaningful ways that no one else can,” said Brian Tilzer, Senior Vice President, Chief Digital Officer for CVS Health. “As we expand our Digital team and invest in this part of our business, we are truly passionate about using technology to create tools that do not exist anywhere else, so we can empower our customers with a highly personalized pharmacy and retail experience across all channels.”

Tilzer continued, “Our new Boston office is a perfect complement to the growth happening on our team in Woonsocket and will help keep us at the forefront of digital innovation. The explosion of the city’s tech sector, as well as an increased opportunity to attract top talent in both healthcare and technology in the Greater Boston area, makes this the right move for us.”

The new CVS Health Digital Innovation Lab can house approximately 100 employees, with 90 percent of them anticipated as new hires. Plans for the new office include the creation of an open concept workspace that encourages idea-sharing and innovation to produce the next level of digital technology that will help enhance the customer experience through convenient, easy-to-use digital tools.

CVS Health continues to be ahead of the curve with creating cutting-edge digital services andpersonalized capabilities that deliver customers the most accessible and integrated personal pharmacy and health experience. CVS.com, the CVS/pharmacy Mobile smartphone app, and the CVS/pharmacy iPad app all seamlessly extend access to pharmacy services found in-store to shoppers at home, making it more convenient than ever before to manage, refill and pick up medication while also tapping into a wide variety of health and shopping resources when, where and how they want. Additionally, CVS Health is making it easier than ever for patients and customers of its MinuteClinic, specialty pharmacy, and pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and mail service pharmacy divisions to manage their prescriptions and other health needs through seamless, integrated digital experiences.

For information about job openings and career opportunities at CVS Health, within the Digital team and beyond, please visit http://www.cvshealth.com/careers.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health.  Through our 7,800 retail pharmacies, more than 900 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 65 million plan members, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, we enable people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways.  This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs.  Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at www.cvshealth.com.

Press Contact:        

Erin Pensa

CVS/pharmacy

T: 401.770.4786

E: Erin.Pensa@CVSCaremark.com

The IKEA Group purchased its 2nd wind farm in the U.S. from Apex Clean Energy: 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas

165 MW Cameron Wind Farm in Texas is Single Largest IKEA Renewable Energy Investment Globally

Conshohocken, PA, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Group announced today that it has purchased its second wind farm in the United States from Apex Clean Energy: a 165-megawatt wind farm in Cameron County, Texas. This represents the single largest renewable energy investment made by the IKEA Group globally to date. The wind farm will contribute significantly to the IKEA Group 2020 goal of producing as much renewable energy as the total energy the company consumes globally. The Cameron Wind farm is expected to be fully operational in late 2015.

Earlier this year IKEA Group announced its first U.S. wind farm purchase located in Hoopeston, Illinois. The Cameron Wind farm will be more than one-and-a-half times the size of the Hoopeston project. Together, the IKEA Hoopeston and Cameron wind farms are expected to generate nearly 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of around 90,000 American households. 1

“IKEA believes that the climate challenge requires bold commitment and action,” says Rob Olson, IKEA US Acting President and CFO. “We invest in renewable energy to become more sustainable as a business and also because it makes good business sense. And as a home furnishings retailer with sustainability in our roots, we are committed to providing products and solutions that help our customers be more sustainable in their everyday lives.”

IKEA Group has now committed to own and operate 279 wind turbines in nine countries, and will invest a total of $1.9 billion2 in wind and solar power up to the end of 2015. IKEA has also taken steps to further the development of a low-carbon economy by supporting key initiatives including the People’s Climate March, UN Climate Summit, RE100, and the Climate Declaration.

Mark Kenber, CEO of the non-profit organization The Climate Group, said: “IKEA was one of the first major companies to recognize that tackling climate change makes good business sense. IKEA has set commendable renewable energy targets for its own company, and its actions are positively influencing business practices and the energy market. It has played an instrumental role in setting up ‘RE100’, The Climate Group’s global initiative to support businesses in switching to 100% renewable power.”

IKEA renewable energy investments in the U.S. to date now include: 104 wind turbines located on wind farms in Hoopeston and Cameron; 165,000 solar panels installed on 90% of IKEA buildings across the U.S., providing an additional 38 megawatts installed capacity; and geothermal integrated into the heating and cooling systems of two U.S. store locations, in Centennial, Colorado, and Merriam, Kansas.

Cameron Wind is located in a particularly favorable wind area in the south of Texas, which is the leading state in the U.S. for wind energy production. The wind farm will be fully owned by the IKEA Group and will be constructed and managed by renewable energy company Apex Clean Energy. The project will use 55 Acciona 3-megawatt turbines.

“Apex is excited to partner with IKEA once again to bring clean, renewable energy from wind to market in the U.S.,” added Apex President, Mark Goodwin. “Both companies understand that this abundant resource is great for the planet, great for our business and great for our shared future.”

1Calculated using the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s ‘Average Residential Monthly Bill by Census Division and State’: http://www.eia.gov/electricity/sales_revenue_price/html/table5_a.html
2Calculated at 11/17/14 exchange rate (€1=$1.25). IKEA Group made the €1.5 billion commitment in 2009.

About IKEA
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. The IKEA Group currently has 315 stores in 27 countries. There are 40 IKEA stores in the United States. In FY14, the IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, visit IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Apex Clean Energy
Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company based in Charlottesville, VA. Since its founding in 2009, Apex has become one of the fastest-growing companies in the industry. In 2012, Apex completed the 300 MW Canadian Hills wind energy project. The company currently has 265 MW of new renewable energy facilities under construction and an additional 750 MW contracted and scheduled for completion in 2015. Apex also has a diversified portfolio of wind energy facilities in development around the country and owns several operating solar PV assets. The company’s management team comprises experts from throughout the industry whose collective prior experience includes the development, financing, construction and operation of over $10 billion in wind and solar energy facilities now operating in the United States.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss ~ IKEA US Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com ~ 610.834.0180, ext. 5852

Starbucks Corporation to host its 2014 Biennial Investor Day on December 4, 2014

SEATTLE, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) will host its 2014 Biennial Investor Day on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

Due to limited capacity, attendance is by invitation only, however the event will be webcast and can be accessed on the company’s website: http://investor.starbucks.com. Presentations are scheduled to begin at 8:00 a.m. PT and will continue until approximately 12:00 p.m. PT. Following an afternoon break for onsite tours with senior leadership, the webcast will resume with closing remarks and Q&A at approximately 4:30 p.m. PT and will conclude at approximately 5:30 p.m. PT.

A replay of the webcast will remain accessible through January 2, 2015, on the company’s website: http://investor.starbucks.com.

About Starbucks
Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe, the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our stores or online at Starbucks.com.

Contacts:

Starbucks Contact, Investor Relations:

JoAnn DeGrande

206-318-7118

investorrelations@starbucks.com

Starbucks Contact, Media:

Alisha Damodaran

206-318-7100

press@starbucks.com

For more information on this news release, contact us.

Tesco scooped 30 awards at the Quality Food and Drink Awards 2014; Retains the Quality Food Awards Retailer of the Year for the 2nd year

Cheshunt, England, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has scooped 28 gongs at the Quality Food and Drink Awards 2014 and has retained the prestigious Quality Food Awards Retailer of the Year for the second year running.

With 30 awards, including the Overall Gold Q for Tesco finest* Sao Tome 71% Dark Chocolate, and over 40 highly commended or commended for Tesco’s own label products, these accolades showcase the breadth and depth of the quality products that are available to customers.

Jason Tarry, UK Commercial Director said:

“We work hard every day to offer our customers the very best food and drink products. I’m incredibly proud of our teams’ success. These awards look at all aspects of the products,  including the taste, value and quality of ingredients and is great recognition for all the hard work we have done, together with our suppliers, for our customers.”

This year, Tesco has won more than double the Quality Food and Drink Awards than any other retailer.

 

AWARDS

  • Quality Food Awards Retailer of the Year
  • Overall Gold Q- Tesco finest* Sao Tomè 71% Dark Chocolate

 

Quality Food Awards 2014 Winners

  • finest*  All Butter Mature Cheese Oat Nibbles
  • finest*  All Butter Earl Grey Biscuits for Tea
  • Euphorium Bakery Muesli Loaf
  • finest*  Sao Tomè 71% Dark Chocolate
  • finest*  Ethiopian Sidamo Roast and Ground Coffee
  • My Fit Lifestyle Carrot, Tomato & Beetroot Juice
  • Free From 2 Crispy Breaded Pollock Fillets
  • Free From 2 Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with a Melting Middle
  • Free From 12 Mini Sweet Party Selection
  • Flat Peaches
  • finest*  12 Thai Chicken Curry Pastries
  • finest*  4 Alphonso Mango & Passion Fruit Lollies
  • finest*  3 Fruit Marmalade – Histon Sweet Spreads
  • finest*  Sicilian Mandarin Sorbetto
  • Thai Green Curry Made with Soya
  • finest*  Asparagus, Pea & Mint Ravioli
  • 4 Mini New York Deli Pork Pies
  • Edamame Beans
  • Halloween 5 Slime Cookies
  • finest* Red Thai Chicken Soup
  • Everyday Value Strawberry Trifle
  • Everyday Value Cheese and Tomato Tortelloni
  • Everyday Value 2 Raspberry Sponge Puddings
  • Simply Riesling
  • finest* Albarino
  • finest* Premier Cru Champagne NV
  • finest* Grand Cru 2007 Vintage Champagne
  • finest* Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009

 

Highly Commended Products

  • finest*  Normandy Butter Croissant
  • finest*  Pink Velvet Cake
  • Ford Farm Cave Aged Goats Cheese
  • finest*  Freshly Squeezed Still Lemonade
  • finest*  West Country Butter
  • finest*  Italian Porchetta
  • Counters – Peruvian Alfonso Olives
  • 2 finest*  Coquille St Jacques
  • Finest*  Salmon and Egg
  • Gluten Free 2 Chunky Breaded Cod Fillets
  • Free From Belgian Chocolate Melt in the Middle
  • finest*  Aromatic Edamame & Pea Salad
  • Healthy Living Watercress
  • Free From Spring Onion & Mature Cheddar Crispbake
  • Ingredients Ponzu Sauce
  • Everyday Value Cottage Pie
  • My Fit Lifestyle Red Thai Chicken Curry With Rice
  • finest*  Tandoori Roti Rolls with Date & Tamarind Chutney and Coriander & Mint Chutney
  • finest*  Italian Hazelnut Gelato
  • finest*  Lombardy Mascarpone Gelato
  • Manchego and Roasted Beetroot Bake with Walnut and Beetroot Powder Sprinkle
  • Meat Free Spinach & Mushroom Pastry
  • Everyday Value Fish Gratin
  • finest*  Christmas Mushroom & Madeira Strudel
  • finest*  Smoked Salmon Canapes
  • finest*  Mini Coquille St Jacques
  • finest*  Monkfish with Semi Dried Tomatoes, Basil and Balsamic Dressing
  • Heathy Living sugar free butter mintoes

 

Commended Products

  • finest*  Alphonso Mango, Pineapple and Japanese Yuzu
  • Scotch Egg Pie
  • British Gastro Dry Cure Cracked Black Pepper Crusted Gammon Steaks with Orange Blossom Honey
  • finest*  Piccolo Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
  • Sweet and Smoky Shredded Beetroot
  • finest*  Salted Caramel Cream Profiteroles
  • Healthy Living High Protein Pasta
  • finest*  British Parsnips with Mexican Wildflower Honey
  • finest*  Deep Fill Luxury Mince Pies
  • Extra Thick Chocolate and Cherry Cream with Luxardo Chocolate Liqueur
  • 12 Beef, Green Chilli & Lime Meatballs
  • finest*  Laphroaig Malt Whisky Smoked Scottish Salmon
  • Tesco finest*  Outdoor Bred Honey Roast Cooked on the Bone Ham

 

Finalists

  • finest*  Dark Chocolate Orange Croissant
  • Hidden Sweeties Cake
  • Toffee Loaf Cake
  • Golden Syrup Wheats
  • Goodness 6 Smooth Whole Milk Yogurts – Mango and Carrot, Raspberry and Beetroot
  • finest*  Belgian Chocolate and Anglesey Sea Salt Fudge
  • Mediterranean Platter
  • Finest*  Pesto Houmous Stacker
  • Tesco finest*  2 Black Pudding Scotch Eggs
  • New Zealand Lamb Shoulder Joint with Honey Roasted Parsnip Stuffing
  • Tesco finest*  Conchiglioni
  • finest*  Hand Crimped Pork Pie with Red Onion Chutney 280g
  • finest*  Sausages
  • finest*  Roast Chicken Soup
  • finest*  Single Estate Makomboki
  • 6 x White Chocolate & Strawberry Cereal Bars
  • Everyday Value Apple Pie
  • finest*  Christmas Cranberry Wreath Topped Pork Pie 850g
  • finest*  Outdoor Bred Honey Roast Cooked on the Bone Ham

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors

We are delighted to have been recognised for the work we do for our customers:

The Grocer Gold Awards 2014 – Winner of Own Label Range of the Year for finest* and  Online Supermarket of the Year

The Grocer Own-Label Food & Drink Awards 2014 – Winner of 29 Gold and 21 Silver Awards

 

 

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645
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Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year

Three Canadian authors earn spots in the top 10 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year list; Five Canadian authors in the top 25

For the first time ever, Amazon.ca also selects Best Canadian Books of the Year and Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens

SEATTLE, 2014-11-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Amazon.ca introduced its annual Best Books of the Year. The curated list is determined by the books team and features their favourite books released in Canada in 2014. This year, Amazon.ca names Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett as the No. 1 Best Book of 2014.

For the first time, Amazon.ca also names the 10 Best Canadian Books of the Year and the 10 Best Books of the Year for Children and Teens. Topping the Best Canadian Books of the Year was Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood. The No. 1 Best Book of the Year for Children and Teens was Nancy Knows by Canadian author Cybele Young. Toview all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.

“Customers looking for the perfect holiday read for the book lovers in their lives will find a wide variety of recommendations on the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year lists – from travel-inspired literary journeys, to books that keep you laughing, as well as our favourite Canadian reads and thrilling page-turners you can’t put down,” said Alexandre Gagnon, country manager for Amazon.ca.

The top 10 editors’ picks for the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year are:

  1. Unruly Places by Alastair Bonnett: A tour of the world’s hidden geographies—from disappearing islands to forbidden deserts—and a stunning testament to how mysterious the world remains today.
  2. What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund: A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading—how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
  3. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay: A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.
  4. Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood*: In these nine dazzlingly inventive and rewarding stories, Margaret Atwood’s signature dark humour, playfulness, and deadly seriousness are in abundance.
  5. On Immunity by Eula Biss: Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man’s Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  6. Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte: Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together.
  7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel*: An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.
  8. Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder*: Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind.
  9. Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman: The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.
  10. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson: Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet.

* Books with asterisks (*) are by Canadian authors.

The 2014 Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year features five novels by Canadian authors in the top 25 rankings, includingStone Mattress by Margaret Atwood (#4), Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (#7), Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder (#8), Kitten Clone by Douglas Coupland (#14) and The Freedom in American Songs by Kathleen Winter (#24).

To learn more about all of the Amazon.ca Best Books of the Year, available in print and Kindle editions, visit www.amazon.ca/bestbooks.

About Amazon
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Russian food retailer X5 Retail Group N.V. announces the opening of its second distribution center in the Nizhny Novgorod Region

Dzerzhinsk, Russia, 2014-11-18— /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V., (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announced today the opening of the Company’s second distribution center (DC) in the Nizhny Novgorod Region. The new DC is located in Dzerzhinsk and will focus on providing goods to Perekrestok and Karusel stores in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kirov Regions and the Chuvash and Mari El Republics. Sladkaya Zhizn owns the 44,000 square meter facility and will act as operator.

According to X5’s logistics development strategy the DC will enable stores to offer a wide ranging assortment, including a higher share of products from local suppliers. Currently, the Dzerzhinsk DC can accommodate approximately 11,000 SKUs, including grocery, beverages, fresh, frozen, associated and non-food goods. In line with the three-year strategy’s objective to increase centralization levels the new facility plans to increase the number of SKU’s handled by the DC to over 15,000, including products from local suppliers.

Previously, X5 managed just one DC in the Nizhny Novgorod Region in the city of Kstovo. Since the opening of the new DC the Kstovo DC will provide dedicated services for Pyaterochka stores. Currently, there are nine Karusel hypermarkets, 25 Perekrestok supermarkets and 452 Pyaterochka stores operating in the Nizhny Novgorod and Kirov Regions and the Chuvash and Mari El Republics. The new DC facility provides additional logistics capacity, which will allow X5 to continue expanding in the aforementioned regions and republics while at the same time enabling the Company to increase the pool of local suppliers, reduce logistics costs and streamline business processes related to store replenishment. X5’s accent on fresh products in store assortments provides greater opportunities for collaboration with regional suppliers.

Dzerzhinsk DC is the second project under the Company’s new logistics strategy. On 12 September, X5 opened the Rostov DC, the second distribution center in the Rostov region, which provides dedicated services for Pyaterochka stores while the Don DC, the region’s first distribution center, remains focused on services for Perekrestok and Karusel stores located in the south of Russia. The Company is now preparing to open a new class ‘A’ distribution facility in the Voronezh Region.

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Moody’s – “B2”, S&P – “B+”) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of economy class stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand, Express convenience stores under various brands and the online retail channel under the E5.RU brand.

At 30 September 2014, X5 had 5,005 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 4,342 Pyaterochka economy-class stores, 389 Perekrestok supermarkets, 81 Karusel hypermarkets and 193 Express stores. The Company operates 31 DCs and 1,528 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2013, revenue totaled RUB 534,560 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 38,350 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 10,984 mln. In 9M 2014, revenue totaled RUB 452,285 mln, EBITDA reached RUB 32,365 mln, and net income amounted to RUB 9,869 mln.

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.03%, treasury shares – 0.04%, free float – 37.64%.

Contact:
Gregory Madick
Executive IR Director
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Gregory.Madick@x5.ru

GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited announces the Group’s unaudited results for the first three quarters of 2014

Backed by Omni-Channel Strategy GOME Records Profit Growth for Seven Consecutive Quarters

Four Major Platforms of Procurement, IT, Logistics and
Financial Services Accelerate Open Omni-Channel Development

  • Sales Revenue: RMB44.645 billion, up 7.2% year-on-year
  • Sales Growth of Comparable Stores: up 6.0%
  • E-Commerce Gross Merchandise Volume (including Gross Merchandise Volume of Marketplace): up 72.7% year-on-year; Unique Visitor: up 63.9% year-on-year
  • Consolidated Gross Profit Margin: 18.6%, up 0.6 percentage point year-on-year
  • Net Profit: RMB1.018 billion, up 74.9%
  • Net Profit Margin: 2.3%, up 0.9 percentage point year-on-year

Hong Kong, 2014-11-18— /EPR Retail News/ — GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited (HKSE: 493, “GOME” or “The Company”, together with its subsidiaries, “The Group”) today announced the Group’s unaudited results for the first three quarters of 2014 (“the reporting period”).

“Open Omni-Channel Retailer” Strategy Achieves Significant Results
In the second half of 2013, GOME announced its “Open Omni-Channel Retailer” strategy. Since then, the Group has been actively deploying and upgrading its platforms of procurement, logistics and information technology to build the most comprehensive home appliances retail supply chain in China. During the reporting period, with seamless execution of the “Open Omni-Channel Retailer” strategy, the Group continued to advance in its omni-channel development and made significant achievements in different aspects:

(1) Offline Channel:

Tier-One and Tier-Two Cities: Same-store sales grew by 4.7%. There were 68 stores upgraded to new smart comprehensive stores during the reporting period.

Tier-Three and Tier-Four Cities: Same-store sales grew by 12%. During the reporting period, the Group opened a total of 58 stores.

Jointly Operated Stores with Supermarkets and Department Stores: There were 154 new stores added in the first three quarters of the year. Sales revenue for the third quarter of the year stood at RMB185 million, up sharply by 36% quarter-on-quarter.

(2) E-Commerce (Mobile Applications Included):

E-Commerce Gross Merchandise Volume (GMV; including GMV of Marketplace): Up 72.7% year-on-year (of this, GMV for the third quarter rose 100.8% year-on-year)

Unique Visitor (UV) traffic: Up 63.9% year-on-year (of this, UV traffic for the third quarter rose 104.1% year-on-year)

Mobile Terminal GMV: Increased to 12.4% of the E-Commerce GMV (of this, the
proportion rose to 17.2% for the third quarter of the year)

(3) Low-Cost, Highly-Efficient Supply Chain:

Logistics Services: To achieve “Three Deliveries/Day, Precise Delivery, and Installation with Delivery”, the highest standard in the industry, in 200 cities nationwide by the end of 2014.

Differentiated Products: Sales proportion to total sales grew to 32%, which drove continuous improvement in consolidated gross profit margin and same-store sales.

Operating Expenses Ratio continued to be optimised, dropping further by 0.5
percentage point year-on-year; Inventory turnover days were maintained at a steady level of 69 days; balance of cash and cash equivalents trended higher to RMB11.826 billion, generating positive operating cash flow.

Financial Services Platform Upgrade
As a major provider of products and services to end-consumers and a key pillar of logistics services and cash flow generation, retailers have much in common with financial services providers. To better accommodate the needs of suppliers, consumers and corporate clients in omni-channel supply chain, GOME has taken the initiative to fully upgrade its financial services platform, by elevating its original model of relying on third-party providers to one encompassing “Self-Built Infrastructure + Equity Investment + Third-Party Collaboration”.

GOME’s investment in Huishang Bank on November 11, 2014 signified a crucial and strategic step forward for the Group to promote its financial services platform through a shareholding collaboration. Upon the investment in Huishang Bank, the two parties will leverage on their respective competitive advantages to connect the retail supply chain platform with the highly efficient financial services to a fuller extent, and consider further collaborative opportunities. These would include, but are not limited to, tapping into GOME’s existing powerful retail network plus channels to offer services such as consumer credit, factoring finance and business loan, to meet the different demands of up to almost130 million members, around 12,000 suppliers and almost10,000 corporate clients engaging in the retail value chain of the Group in a comprehensive manner.

Four Major Platforms Accelerate Omni-Channel Development
Looking ahead, the deployment of the four platforms of procurement, logistics, information technology and financial services will drive GOME’s omni-channel development covering both online and offline channels. Benefiting from the highly integrated and coordinated development of the procurement, logistics, information technology and financial services functions in the supply chain, the Group will be able to perform in-depth data mining and targeted marketing and further boost the links in the whole retail value chain, giving full play to the unique competitive advantage of the Group’s “Open Omni-channel Retailer” strategy.

Mr. Wang Junzhou, CEO of GOME, said, “GOME’s ‘Open Omni-Channel Retailer’ strategy has enabled us to record impressive results that have outpaced the industry average and our peers for seven consecutive quarters. Going forward, our four unified service platforms – procurement, logistics, information technology and financial services – will offer full support to the Group’s omni-channel development. This includes offline, online, mobile applications and other social channels to further drive business expansion, while providing quality one-stop services for consumers and business partners. We are committed to achieving our goal to ‘Build another GOME’ by 2017, and to creating greater value for our shareholders and society as a whole.”

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About GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited
GOME Electrical Appliances Holding Limited has been listed on The Hong Kong Stock Exchange since July 2004 (HKSE: 00493). The GOME Group was founded in China in 1987 and is engaged in the electrical appliances and consumer electronics retail business in China. It is the largest electrical appliances and consumer electronics retail chain and the largest overall retail chain enterprise in China.

Please visit our website for more information: www.gome.com.hk

For further enquiries, please contact:
Hong Kong
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Asia
Elisa Fong
Tel: (852) 2894 6224/ 9528 9627
Email: elisa.fong@hkstrategies.com

Sophia Cheng
Tel: (852) 2894 6267 / 6170 5217
Email: sophia.cheng@hkstrategies.com

Beijing
Helen Song
Tel: 86-10-59288815
Email: songjie6@gome.com.cn