SWEDEN: ICA December stores sales increased by 4.3%

Solna, Sweden, 2018-Jan-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in ICA stores increased by 4.3% in December 2017 compared with the corresponding month the year before. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 3.6%.

December 2017 January – December 2017
Store sales
excl. VAT
Mkr Change all stores Change like-for-like Mkr Change all stores Change like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 3,619 5.1% 4.2% 34,897 3.2% 3.0%
ICA Kvantum 2,745 5.5% 3.7% 27,866 4.1% 2.1%
ICA Supermarket 3,117 3.0% 2.6% 34,520 2.5% 2.1%
ICA Nära 1,473 3.3% 3.7% 17,051 2.1% 2.3%
Total 10,953 4.3% 3.6% 114,334 3.1% 2.4%

In December 2017, sales in ICA stores totalled SEK 10,953 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 4.3% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-December 2017 amounted to SEK 114,334 million, an increase of 3.1% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for December to be -0.4%

At 31 December 2017, the number of ICA stores was 1,287. Store sales for January will be published on 8 February 2018 at 07:00 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2018, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors/calendar.

For more information:
ICA Gruppen press service
Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

Source: ICA Gruppen

PetSmart hosts special events in stores this December including a special photo event with Santa Claus

PHOENIX, 2016-Dec-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walk into any PetSmart store these days and it is clear the nation’s largest specialty pet retailer is celebrating the holidays in a big way. From the holiday music playing throughout the store, to the classic red and green toys, festive pet treats, Hanukkah gifts and holiday-themed beds and bowls, PetSmart is encouraging families to include their pets in the season’s festivities. PetSmart is also hosting special events at its stores every weekend in December, including a special photo event with Santa Claus.

WHAT: Whether pet parents are looking for the perfect toy or treat for their pets for the season of gift giving, or aiming to expand their family by adopting a pet, PetSmart is the ideal holiday destination. All month long the retailer is hosting free events delivering fun for the whole family – adults, kids and pets.

WHERE: PetSmart stores nationwide.

WHEN: Stuff-a-Stocking
Dec. 3 and 4, 12-4 p.m. local time
Don’t forget your pets this holiday season! Bulk-bin treat tables will be available for pet parents to fill a free stocking stuffer treat bag with a variety of crunchy, chewy and jerky treats – it is PetSmart’s gift to our favorite pets!

Pet Photos with Santa
Dec. 10 and 11, 12-4 p.m. local time
Santa Claus is coming to PetSmart! Pet parents are encouraged to bring their entire families, and most importantly their pets, to the store for a free photo with jolly old St. Nick.

For pets wanting to look their best for their moment with Santa, the PetSmart Grooming Salon offers an array of holiday-themed grooming packages where dogs and cats can receive hands-on care from academy-trained, safety-certified stylists dedicated to making pets look and feel their best.*

Creatures are Stirring
December 17 & 18, 12-4 p.m. local time
Bring the kids to meet the pets! Specialty pets like hamsters, fish and guinea pigs can provide a unique learning experience for children and are ideal first pets, helping younger children learn the responsibilities of pet care. During this event, children can meet the small pets of PetSmart, feed the fish and even name one of our pets at the store! Children can also decorate a holiday ornament and take home a free coloring book.

*Services are subject to availability. Pet age, health, and vaccination requirements apply. See store for details.For more information, visit petsmart.com.

About PetSmart®
PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 53,000 associates, operate 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and 203 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp day care services and pet adoption services in-store. Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents – including PetSmart.com, PetFoodDirect.com, Pet360.com and petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. Through our in-store pet adoption partnership with independent nonprofit organizations, PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart helps to save the lives of more than 500,000 homeless pets each year.

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See PetSmart on YouTube: www.YouTube.com/PetSmart


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Danielle Bickelmann

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Source: PetSmart Inc.

NRF expects 3.6% sales increase in November and December

NRF expects 3.6% sales increase in November and December
NRF expects 3.6% sales increase in November and December


WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Retail Federation announced today it expects sales in November and December, excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales, to increase a solid 3.6 percent to $655.8 billion — significantly higher than the 10-year average of 2.5 percent and above the seven-year average of 3.4 percent since recovery began in 2009. Additionally, NRF is forecasting non-store sales to increase between 7 and 10 percent to as much as $117 billion.

“All of the fundamentals are in a good place, giving strength to consumers and leading us to believe that this will be a very positive holiday season,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “This year hasn’t been perfect, starting with a long summer and unseasonably warm fall, but our forecast reflects the very realistic steady momentum of the economy and industry expectations.”

“We remain optimistic that the pace of economic activity will pick up in the near term,” continued Shay.

Holiday sales in 2015 increased 3.2 percent over the previous year.

“Consumers have seen steady job and income gains throughout the year, resulting in continued confidence and the greater use of credit, which bodes well for more spending throughout the holiday season,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “Increased geopolitical uncertainty, the presidential election outcome and unseasonably warm weather are the main issues at play with the greatest potential to shake consumer confidence and impact shopping patterns.”

“However, the economic spending power of the consumer is resilient and it should never be underestimated.” continued Kleinhenz.

NRF’s holiday sales forecast is based on an economic model using several indicators including, consumer credit, disposable personal income and previous monthly retail sales releases. The overall forecast includes the non-store category (direct-to-consumer, kiosks and online sales.) For historical sales information visit NRF’s Holiday Headquarters and the Retail Insight Center.

NRF Forecasts Seasonal Employment to Grow Between 640,000 and 690,000

According to NRF, retailers are expected to hire between 640,000 and 690,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, in line with last year’s 675,300 new holiday positions.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com


Treacy Reynolds
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF