H&M group’s sales increased by 7 percent during March 2017 vs. same period last year

Stockholm, SWEDEN, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — As previously communicated in conjunction with the three-month report 2017, the H&M group’s sales including VAT during 1 March – 28 March 2017 increased by 7 percent in local currencies compared to the same period last year. For the whole month of March, sales increased by 6 percent compared to the same month last year.

Sales in March, April and May should be viewed together, partly because the Easter holiday falls in different months in different years and partly because the weather during this period can vary greatly from year to year.

The total number of stores in the group amounted to 4,426 on 31 March 2017 compared to 3,997 stores on 31 March 2016.

Percentage sales development for the month of April will be published in a press release at 08.00 (CET) on 8 May 2017.


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BRC-SPRINGBOARD MARCH 2017: Footfall up 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014

London, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ —

Covering the five weeks 26 February – 1 April 2017

  • Footfall in March grew 1.3% on the previous year, the fastest growth since March 2014. This is well above the three-month average of -0.2%. Note there is an impact on this number due to a calendar distortion – March 2016 included Easter Sunday, when shops were shut, whereas this year did not, adding one more shopping day, and therefore one more day’s footfall, to the period.
  • There was footfall growth in all three retail destinations in March. High street: 1.7%, Retail Parks: 1.4%, Shopping Centres: 0.2%. This month saw the fastest high street growth since March 2014.
  • 7 out of the 10 nations/regions we report on saw a rise in footfall in March
  • The steepest footfall decline occurred in Northern Ireland, where footfall fell by 3.7%. This was followed by the South West, where footfall fell by 2.3%


“Shopper visits increased to all retail destinations in March, resulting in the fastest annual growth in footfall for three years. This is partly owed to the exclusion of Easter Sunday from the period, which therefore benefits from an additional shopping day. But even looking beyond the distortion, the positive growth across most of the country is a reassuring sign for retailers.

“The high street continues to outperform shopping centres and retail parks, for the second consecutive month. Disappointingly though, this didn’t translate into retail sales, which were down in March on the previous year. Now that the Easter holidays have arrived, the challenge for retailers will be to attract this greater number of high street visitors into their stores.”


“March definitely provided a break in the clouds, with the +1.3% rise in footfall breaking a six-month consecutive decline and the +0.2% increase in footfall in shopping centres being the first since January 2016. Whilst some of the +1.3% may have been a consequence of the loss of a trading day last year due to an early Easter, the impact of this shift should not be overstated as it will have been mitigated by increased trade on the other days over the Easter trading period.

“Indeed, if anything it is more evidence of the continuing structural shift in the use of retail destinations for leisure and hospitality trips. Virtually all of the increase in footfall in March was derived from the post 5pm period while footfall during the trading hours of 9 am to 5 pm dropped –by just -0.5% in high streets, but much more significantly, by -7.1%, in shopping centres. Indeed, the worsening of consumer confidence and inflation from last year is likely to be constraining shoppers’ willingness to spend on retail goods. This all lends further evidence to the fact that retail is no longer the sole driver of footfall, with a strong leisure/hospitality offer being a critical element to secure retail success.”

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Evolution Fresh announces five new juice blends to launch in March 2017

Evolution Fresh announces five new juice blends to launch in March 2017
Evolution Fresh announces five new juice blends to launch in March 2017


SEATTLE, 2016-Sep-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Evolution Fresh, a market leader in cold-pressed, High-Pressure Processed (HPP) juice, announced five new juice blends will hit grocery shelves in March 2017: four nourishing Evolution Fresh™ Organic Superfoods Juices and a hydrating Evolution Fresh™ Watermelon Juice. Attendees of the September 2016 Natural Products Expo East tradeshow in Baltimore had a chance to preview the newest additions that will drive the next chapter of growth for the Evolution Fresh portfolio.

Cold-pressed, HPP juice trailblazer, Evolution Fresh, has leveraged the scale of their 264,000 square foot state-of-the-art juicery to distribute cold-pressed HPP juice in natural channel, grocery, mass and club locations nationwide as well as U.S. and Canada Starbucks® stores nationwide. Led by founder Jimmy Rosenberg, the juicery’s in-house innovation team developed these new nourishing juices that support a range of consumers in their wellness goals. According to Evolution Fresh research, these 2017 innovations aim to deliver against the top two drivers for super premium juice purchases – healthy snacks and refreshment.*

New Organic Superfoods Juices Inspired by the Morning Ritual of Evolution Fresh founder, Jimmy Rosenberg
Immense growth has not swayed Evolution Fresh from their mission to bring high quality, cold-pressed HPP juices to the masses and inspire a healthy lifestyle. In fact, Evolution Fresh still looks to their founder for vision and inspiration. The idea for the new line of Organic Superfoods Juices was inspired by Rosenberg and the juices he blends in his own kitchen. He starts his day with a simple choice: a homemade superfood juice blend that is packed with nourishing, flavorful fresh seasonal produce, nut milk and a boost of his favorite ingredients such as kale, baobab, chia, turmeric, ginger, cocoa, acerola cherry and spirulina algae.

“For years I have craved this perfect blend of nutrients every morning. That tells me, if I’m craving it, it’s because it’s feeding my body in a very meaningful way,” said Rosenberg. “These organic superfood juices remind me of the reason I started selling juice 30 years ago. I discovered the nutritional choices that make me feel good and uncovered a deep passion to share this with others.”

Evolution Fresh thoughtfully picked more than 10 different types of unique ingredients to include across the four flavors of new Evolution Fresh Organic Superfoods Juices. For the first time, Evolution Fresh is featuring coconut milk in a new line of cold-pressed juices to satisfy a common request from consumers for nourishing cold-pressed juice blends that can be enjoyed as a snack. The Evolution Fresh™ Organic Superfoods Juice line-up includes:

Greens, Turmeric & Cocoa: A new twist on green juice, this Organic Superfoods Juice combines dark leafy greens, algae and cucumbers balanced with mellow coconut milk sweetened with apples and mangos, and finished with a dash of cinnamon, black pepper and salt for a complex sophisticated taste.

Cocoa, Turmeric & Ginger: Rich cocoa blended with ginger, turmeric, vanilla, cinnamon and a touch of cayenne for a warm finish.

Pineapple, Mint & Ginger: This sweet and tart blend of pineapples, mangos and oranges is balanced with cucumbers and spinach with hints of mint and ginger.

Turmeric Golden Milk: Turmeric is blended with coconut milk, orange, mango and pineapple and finished with vanilla, ginger and cinnamon. This juice provides 50 percent of the daily value of vitamin A per 11-ounce bottle.

New Evolution Fresh Watermelon Juice Naturally Hydrates and Replenishes Electrolytes

Evolution Fresh knows consumers look for refreshment and simple ingredients when purchasing cold-pressed juice, and with this thirst-quenching option, Evolution Fresh is now cold-pressing fresh watermelons and lemons into a naturally hydrating juice.

“Developing a signature, cold-pressed source of hydration and refreshment has been at the top of our list,” said Anne Williams, vice president, Evolution Fresh Marketing. “Watermelon juice replenishes without added sugars, artificial colors or flavors. Replacing one of your daily water servings with the freshness of watermelon makes hydrating more of a treat, a treat that delivers 330mg of potassium per eight-ounce serving.”

All new Evolution Fresh products mentioned here will be available in March 2017.

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