H&M Group announces 19% increase in May 2014 total sales including VAT compared to the same month last year

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — In May 2014, the H&M Group total sales including VAT increased by 19 percent in local currencies compared to the same month last year. Sales in May were positively affected by calendar effects of approximately 3 – 4 percentage points. In June, this will be reversed, i.e. sales will be […]

Lowe’s advances retail innovation with the introduction of Lowe’s Innovation Labs and its first project the augmented reality concept Lowe’s Holoroom

Augmented reality project planning experience is first concept from newly-formed Lowe’s Innovation Labs MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, Lowe’s underscored its commitment to advancing retail innovation as it introduced Lowe’s Innovation Labs and the first concept to come out of the lab, the Lowe’s Holoroom. Lowe’s created Lowe’s Innovation Labs to build new technology to solve […]

Delhaize Group completes the divestment of its Bulgarian operations to AP Mart

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Group announces today that it has completed the divestment of its Bulgarian operations to AP Mart. Delhaize Group  Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in eight countries on three continents. At the end of the first quarter of 2014, Delhaize Group´s sales network consisted of 3 […]

Delhaize Belgium to implement transformation plan

BRUSSELS, Belgium, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Belgium issued a press release this morning announcing the intention to implement a transformation plan. Please find in attachment the original press release. The presentation shown during a press conference taking place later today will be available on the Delhaize Group website as from 11.00 CET. » Delhaize […]

BRC-KPMG ONLINE RETAIL SALES MONITOR MAY 2014: Online sales of Non-Food products in UK grew 17.0% in May versus a year earlier

LONDON, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Online sales of Non-Food products in the UK grew 17.0% in May versus a year earlier. In May 2013, they had increased by 9.9% over the previous year. This is the highest online growth recorded since our records started in December 2012, excluding Christmas and New Year. In May, online […]

BRC-KPMG RETAIL SALES MONITOR MAY 2014: UK retail sales up 0.5% on like-for-like basis from May 2013

LONDON, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — UK retail sales were up 0.5% on a like-for-like basis from May 2013, when they had increased 1.8% on the preceding year. On a total basis, sales were up 2.0%, against a 3.4% rise in May 2013. Clothing was the best performing category, reporting its highest growth since December 2011, […]

Co-op sets new standards for environmental, safety and security features with its new bulk fuel facilities

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Along with increasing the storage capacity and the efficiency of the distribution network, Co-op’s new corporate bulk plant (CBP) program is setting new standards for environmental, safety and security features. “They’re more efficient facilities, they’re more environmentally responsible and they’re more secure and safe for operation,” said Kris Bradshaw, petroleum operations […]

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to support amendment to stop micro-unions

Flawed NLRB Decision Balkanizes Workplaces And Undermines Flexibility And Advance Never For Workers. Arlington, VA, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged the Senate Committee on Appropriations to support an amendment to be offered by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) designed to stop efforts of the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) to […]

The Retail Industry Leaders Association comments on Ways & Means Joint Hearing On The Verification Of Income And Insurance Information Under The Affordable Care Act

Arlington, VA, 2014-6-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to the Ways & Means Joint Hearing on the Verification of Income and Insurance Information Under the Affordable Care Act. Final employer reporting requirements issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) require retailers to provide the IRS with […]

NACS: U.S. first self-serve gas station turns 50

​ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fifty years ago an innovation forever changed fueling — and even retail as a whole — when convenience store operator John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colorado, to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service gasoline pumps. On June 10, 1964, the store sold a […]

ICSC and Goldman Sachs Weekly Chain Store Sales Index: weekly sales results experienced decline of 2.8% for the week ending June 7, 2014

NEW YORK, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The week-over-week pace of chain store sales followed a rolling coaster pattern over the past two weeks with a strong surge in spending at the end of the May fiscal month that was followed by a reversal of the pace in the first week of the five-week fiscal month […]

Carrefour announced its intention to support the From North producers’ fishery as part of its strategy to have its sole line MSC-assessed

An opportunity for Carrefour to bolster its policy on protecting biodiversity and natural resources PARIS, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to a recent United Nations report on food and agriculture (FAO), world fish consumption has increased dramatically over the last 50 years, practically doubling between 1960 and 2012 – mainly thanks to aquaculture. Carrefour factors […]

Wegmans to deliver over 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food to Fredericksburg Area Food Bank on June 12

FREDERICKSBURG, VA, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, June 12, at 10:00 am, Wegmans will deliver over 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. The donation includes 18 pallets of presorted nonperishable food. “We are so very grateful for our partnership with Wegmans,” stated Oya Oliver, CEO of the FAFB. “This donation […]

Six Burlington-area students presented with $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets

BURLINGTON, MA, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six Burlington-area students were presented with $500 scholarship grants from Wegmans Food Markets at their high school awards ceremonies this year. The local recipients are graduating seniors from Burlington High School, Bedford High School, and Billerica High School. Wegmans partnered with each school to select two students who exemplify Wegmans’ […]

Dunkin’ Donuts plans to open 54 additional new restaurants in Southern California

Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants planned to open in Downey, Long Beach, Modesto, Santa Monica and Whittier before the end of 2014 CANTON, MA, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, today announced that the company has filed for permits to open its first traditional restaurants in California. The new […]

Penn State Hershey Health System to join Rite Aid Health Alliance initiative

Rite Aid Pharmacists, Penn State Physicians and Special Care Coaches to Provide Personalized, Community-Based Health Management to Chronic and Poly-Chronic Patients in Hershey and Greater Harrisburg CAMP HILL, Pa., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE:RAD) today announced Penn State Hershey Health System as the latest healthcare provider to join its Rite Aid Health Alliance […]

Price Chopper opens new supermarket in Storrs Connecticut

Flag Raising, National Anthem and Ribbon Cutting Mark Grand Opening Schenectady, N.Y., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Friday morning, the American Legion raised the American Flag to the National Anthem performed by Ryan Burns in celebration of the grand opening of the newest Price Chopper Supermarket located at 1220 Storrs Road in Storrs, Conn. Price […]

The Prince’s Trust and Tesco launch new programme to help 500 unemployed young people find jobs

Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — A new programme to help 500 unemployed young people find jobs has been launched by The Prince’s Trust and Tesco. A successful pilot programme in London has helped 12 young people to secure jobs at Tesco, and it will now be rolled out in other areas of the country with […]

Tesco Bank now offers full range of retail banking and insurance products with the launch of its first current account

 Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco Bank is today launching its first current account. The account has been designed after listening to more than 20,000 customers, and includes all the key features that matter most to them. Tesco Bank has been wholly owned by Tesco since December 2008 and now serves 6 million customers in […]

Sainsbury’s to start selling its popular Tu clothing online this August

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s, the UK’s seventh largest clothing retailer, will pilot selling its popular Tu clothing online. The pilot will begin in August with an invited group of customers in the Midlands. The company will offer its Tu womenswear, menswear and childrenswear clothing on a bespoke website, with customers able to choose […]

Sainsbury’s teamed up with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to raise funds and awareness for cervical cancer prevention

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and to mark the occasion Sainsbury’s has teamed up with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust – the UK’s only cervical cancer charity – to raise funds and awareness for cervical cancer prevention. From 8-14 June, 50p from the sale of every pair of women’s […]

Lowe’s Companies, Inc. promotes Paul D. Ramsay to chief information officer

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) announced today that Paul D. Ramsay has been promoted to chief information officer (CIO), effective immediately.  He has been serving as acting CIO since March.  Ramsay will report to Richard D. Maltsbarger, who has been appointed chief development officer.  Maltsbarger has responsibility for IT, Strategy, […]

AHOLD REPURCHASED 2,632,000 AHOLD COMMON SHARES FOR € 35.04 million BETWEEN June 2 AND 6, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,632,000 Ahold common shares in the period from June 2, 2014 up to and including June 6, 2014. The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 13.3141 per share for a total consideration of € 35.04 million. These repurchases were made as part of […]

Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alain Bouchard, president and CEO Alimentation Couche-Tard, has been named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year, sponsored by PepsiCo. The award was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4. Bouchard has led Couche-Tard’s growth as the leader in […]

U.S.-based convenience store chain Rutter’s won the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award

LONDON, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S.-based convenience store chain Rutter’s (York, Pennsylvania) has won the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Imperial Tobacco. The award was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4. Judges said Rutter’s delivered a world-class convenience store […]

Kate Walsh of Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy in Ireland won 2014 NACS Insight International Store Manager of the Year Award

LONDON, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kate Walsh, store manager of Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy in Ireland, has won the 2014 NACS Insight International Store Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by TCC. The awards was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4. Walsh has worked at the Herlihy Group […]

Gap Inc. and USAID to provide growth and economic opportunities for women in Burma

As first American retailer in Burma, Gap Inc. invests in women’s advancement program Rangoon, Burma, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today at a signing ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador to Burma, Derek J. Mitchell, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma Mission Director, Chris Milligan, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that the company is partnering with […]

Meijer opened 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Bowling Green, Kentucky

190,000-square-foot store features fresh produce delivered daily, a free prescription program and pharmacy services promoting family health GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a supercenter today in Bowling Green, Ky., marking its southernmost location, Co-Chairman Hank Meijer announced. The 190,000 square-foot store at 1676 Westpark Dr. has created more than 270 new jobs […]

SM Supermalls wins the Platinum Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award for the Shopping Mall category in the Philippines for 2014

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Supermalls clinched, for the second year, the Platinum Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award for the Shopping Mall category in the Philippines for 2014. As the ultimate seal of consumer approval, the Trusted Brand Award reflects SM Supermalls’ commitment to trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer […]

Willie Nelson to perform songs from his latest album on QVC during the “Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live” broadcast on June 12

The Multimedia Retailer to Offer Country Music Legend’s Latest Album WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate the release of his upcoming album Band of Brothers,Willie Nelson is scheduled to make a special appearance on QVC during the “Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live” broadcast on Thursday, June 12 at 8 PM (ET). During the hour-long show, Nelson will treat fans to […]