Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Fair Oaks, CA, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s announced the promotion of two key leaders within the organization; Kevin Konkel’s promotion to a newly created role as Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising.

“This is an exciting time for Raley’s – we have built a strong leadership team that will support the advancement of our vision and purpose,” said Mark Foley, Chief People Officer.

Kevin Konkel previously held the title Senior Vice President, Operations and in his new role will lead operations in all Raley’s banners and pharmacy operations. He will also lead store design and construction, operations administration, distribution and asset protection. Konkel is a proven industry leader with nearly 40 years of service to the Raley’s organization.

Paul Gianetto will serve as Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising. Gianetto is an industry leader with more than 35 years in the grocery business and a graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program. He joined Raley’s in 2008 and has held many roles in merchandising. In 2017, Gianetto was promoted to Vice President of Center Store. In his new role, he will manage strategic pricing, private label, sales & merchandising for both center store and perishable departments.

“We are fortunate to have such experienced and proven leaders in Kevin and Paul. Both epitomize servant leadership and Raley’s family values,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President. “I am confident, Kevin and Paul will continue to help guide the organization toward our vision of infusing life with health and happiness.”

Konkel and Gianetto will continue to report to Keith Knopf, President who, along with Michael Teel, Chairman & CEO, will continue to lead the strategic direction for Raley’s.

Learn more about Raley’s Leadership team.

Contact:
For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s

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Lenta reports of total sales grew 16.3% in 2Q 2017 to Rub 85.6bn

Lenta sales and operating highlights for the second quarter ended 30 une 2016

St-Petersburg, Russia, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta Ltd, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA / “Lenta” or the “Company”) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the Company’s consolidated sales and operating results for the second quarter ended 30 June 2017.

2Q 2017 Operating Highlights:

  • Total sales grew 16.3% in 2Q 2017 to Rub 85.6bn (2Q 2016: Rub 73.6bn);
  • Like-for-like (“LFL”)1 sales growth of (2.0%) vs. 2Q 2016;
  • LFL traffic growth of (2.9%) combined with a 0.9% increase in LFL ticket;
  • Seven supermarkets opened during the second quarter of 2017;
  • Total store count reached 254 stores as at 30 June 2017, comprising 195 hypermarkets and 59 supermarkets;
  • Total selling space increased to 1,173,416 sq.m as at 30 June 2017 (+27.1% vs. 30 June 2016); and
  • Number of active loyalty cardholders2 increased to 11.5m (+23% y-o-y) with approximately 94% of transactions in the second quarter made using the loyalty card.

1H 2017 Operating Highlights:

  • Total sales grew 16.7% in 1H 2017 to Rub 163.5bn (1H 2016: Rub 140.1bn);
  • LFL sales growth of (1.8%) vs. 1H 2016;
  • LFL traffic growth of (2.4%) combined with a 0.6% increase in LFL ticket;
  • Lenta started expansion of its supermarket format in Novosibirsk with three stores opened in 1H 2017; and
  • Four new hypermarkets and 11 supermarkets were opened during 1H 2017 while one supermarket was closed.

Material events in 2Q 2017 and after the reported period:

  • Lenta completed placement of Rub 5.0bn 3-years bonds with semi-annual coupon and an interest rate of 8.7%;
  • Lenta issued 98,217 new ordinary shares (491,085 GDRs) under Management Incentive Program (MIP) and Long-Term Incentive Program (LTIP)3. As a result share capital increased to 97,416,963 shares (487,084,815 GDRs);

Lenta’s Chief Executive Officer, Jan Dunning commented:
“Lenta continues to deliver rapid growth, with sales up by 16.3% in the second quarter of 2017 despite the challenging macro environment. Although growth in the reported quarter was slightly below the first quarter of this year we are encouraged by recent trends – after disappointing trading in April which was impacted by abnormally cold weather, growth in May was in line with the quarterly average while June results were very strong with a return positive LFL sales growth which has continued into July.

While Lenta continued gaining new customers ahead of sales, rapid expansion in the cities with existing presence resulted in higher cannibalization effects. These effects were especially visible in St. Petersburg due to the acquisition of Kesko’s food retail business in late 2016. We are very happy with the performance of our new ex-Kesko stores – ramp-up is accelerating, reaching over 30% same-store sales growth in June4, a clear demonstration of the attractiveness of Lenta’s customer proposition. Of course, this growth also put additional pressure on our other stores in the region.

During the quarter the team launched several new initiatives to stimulate sales, including improvements in marketing and communications, category management and our loyalty program. We are pleased with the impact of these efforts, which helped deliver LFL sales growth in June back into positive territory and we hope to continue this momentum in the second half of the year.”

Lenta Store Developments

In the second quarter of 2017, Lenta opened seven supermarkets: three leased supermarkets in Moscow, three leased stores in Saint-Petersburg and one owned supermarket store in Novosibirsk. Total number of stores reached 254 (195 hypermarkets and 59 supermarkets).

In the reported quarter Lenta added 5,815 sq.m of net selling space. Total selling space as at 30 June 2017 increased to 1,173,416 sq.m, up 27.1% year-on-year.

1 Lenta’s stores are included in the LFL store base starting 12 months after the end of the month in which they are opened
2 Cardholders who made at least 2 purchases at Lenta during the 12 months to 30 June 2017 are considered active
3 31,744 shares (158,720 GDRs) under LTIP are held as treasury shares
4 The stores acquired from Kesko are not included in Lenta’s LFL panel. Calculation of same-store sales is made based on the period when the stores were owned by Kesko.

Contact:

T: +7 (812) 380-61-31
F: +7 (812) 380-61-50

Source:: Lenta

Swedish ICA stores announces 3.4% sales increase in June 2017 vs. same period last year

Solna, Sweden, 2017-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 3.4% in June 2017 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.6%.

June 2017 January –June 2017
Store sales
excl. VAT
Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like Mkr Change  all stores Change like-for-like
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 3,110 3.7% 3.7% 16,988 2.4% 2.4%
ICA Kvantum 2,444 5.3% 3.0% 13,697 3.8% 1.9%
ICA Supermarket 3,026 2.3% 1.7% 16,977 2.3% 1.8%
ICA Nära 1,507 1.7% 1.6% 8,286 1.9% 2.0%
Total 10,087 3.4% 2.6% 55,948 2.6% 2.0%

In June 2017, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totaled SEK 10,087 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 3.4% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-June 2017 amounted to SEK 55,948 million, an increase of 2.6% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for June to be +1.4%.

At 30 June 2017, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,291. Store sales for July will be published on 8 August 2017 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2017, 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

Kesko Group’s sales increased by 11.0% in April 2017

Helsinki, 2017-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Group’s sales totalled €900.0 million in April 2017, a growth of 11.0%. In comparable terms, excluding the impact of business arrangements, sales in local currencies decreased by 5.5%. Due to the timing of Easter there were three less delivery days than in the previous year.

Kesko’s sales grew in April. Sales also grew in comparable terms in the grocery trade thanks to successful Easter sales. In the building and technical trade the acquisition of Onninen helped boost sales,” states Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

Sales in the grocery trade totalled €431.0 million in April, an increase of 2.9%. Sales in the grocery trade without the impact of the acquisition of Suomen Lähikauppa amounted to €375.1 million, and the comparable development in sales was +2.3%.

Sales in the building and technical trade totalled €399.0 million in April, an increase of 26.5%. Sales in the building and technical trade without Onninen were €277.9 million, down 13.2% in local currencies. There were three delivery days less than in the previous year. In Finland, sales decreased by 17.7%, excluding Onninen. Outside Finland sales were down by 7.2% in local currencies excluding Onninen. Sales in the building and home improvement trade decreased by 12.2% in local currencies. Sales in the leisure trade decreased by 24.8%, agricultural and machinery trade sales declined by 12.6%, and furniture trade sales decreased by 6.9%.

Car trade sales in April were €70.1 million, a decrease of 8.0% compared to the previous year. Car sales without AutoCarrera amounted to €67.3 million and the comparable development was -11.6%.

Change, % indicates the change in the corresponding period of the previous year. Comparable change, % indicates the change compared to the corresponding period of the previous year in local currencies and excludes the impact of acquisitions and disposals.

In April 2017, the number of Kesko’s wholesale selling days in Finland was 18, which was three less than in the previous year. In January-April 2017, the number of Kesko’s wholesale selling days in Finland was equal to the previous year.

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

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

Source: Kesko Corporation

Kesko Group’s sales were up 30.5% in March 2017

Helsinki, 2017-Apr-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Group’s sales in March 2017 totalled €1,003.8 million, and were up 30.5%. In comparable terms, excluding the impact of business arrangements, sales in local currencies increased by 4.9%. There were two more delivery days than in the previous year.

“Kesko’s sales in March increased in all divisions. Growth was significantly strengthened by the acquisitions of Suomen Lähikauppa, Onninen and AutoCarrera. In March, comparable sales performance as well was good in both the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade,” says Kesko’s President and CEO Mikko Helander.

The sales of the grocery trade in March were €467.8 million, representing an increase of 13.1%. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of Suomen Lähikauppa, the sales of the grocery trade were €408.6 million, and the comparable change in sales was +1.1%.

The sales of the building and technical trade in March were €453.5 million, up 61.3%. Onninen excluded, the sales of the building and technical trade were €315.5 million, up 10.2% in local currencies. In Finland, sales were up by 8.8% excluding Onninen. Outside Finland, sales in local currencies increased by 12.3% excluding Onninen. The sales of the building and home improvement trade in local currencies were up by 13.3%. The sales of the leisure goods trade in Finland decreased by 5.0%, the sales of the agricultural and machinery trade increased by 9.3% and the sales of the furniture trade were up by 9.9%.

The sales of the car trade in March were €82.8 million, up 10.7% from the previous year. AutoCarrera excluded, the sales of the car trade were €78.5 million, representing a comparable change of +4.9%.

Change, %, indicates the change compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. Comparable change, %, indicates the change compared to the corresponding period of the previous year in local currencies and excluding the impact of acquisitions and disposals.

In March 2017, the number of selling days in Kesko’s wholesale in Finland was 23, which was two more than in the previous year. In January-March 2017, the number of selling days in Kesko’s wholesale in Finland was three more than in the previous year.

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

Contact:
Vice President
Group Controller
Eva Kaukinen
tel. +358 105 322 338

Source: Kesko Corporation

NACS survery: Convenience retailer optimism picked up sharply as sales remained strong for the first nine months of the year

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2016-Oct-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience retailer optimism picked up sharply as sales of both in-store items and motor fuels remained strong for the first nine months of the year, according to a survey of retailers released today (10/4/2016) by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than two in three convenience retailers (69%) say that in-store sales in the first nine months of 2016 were higher than the same period last year. And three in five (60%) say that motor fuels sales were higher compared to the nine months of 2015. Only 9% of retailers say that in-store sales were lower and only 14% say fuel sales were lower over the first nine months of 2016 compared to a year ago.

Strong convenience store sales also pushed retailer optimism higher. Nearly three in four (73%) convenience retailers say they are optimistic about their own business prospects in the fourth quarter, up from 68% who said they were optimistic last quarter.

New foodservice offers and the continued growth of craft beer—and growler—sales at convenience stores were cited as factors driving retailer optimism. Linda Herrera at Grand View General Store (Tetonia, ID) said the store’s fresh food offering is expected to drive sales, and Labrine Voutsinas at Bayshore Breeze Market & Grill (Dunedin, FL) said beer sales are expected to grow. And retailers are embracing technology to enhance the experience. Mark Nelson at Dyno’s Convenience Store (Spencer, IA) said they are expecting to increase consumer traffic with a new rewards program.

Retailers said that the holidays in the fourth quarter should help grow sales, as will the good weather and continued low oil prices—if they both happen.

Retailers were nearly as optimistic about the overall convenience store industry’s prospects. More than two in three (71%) say they are optimistic about the convenience retailing industry over the fourth quarter, up 8 points from the previous quarter. And a majority of retailers (53%) say they are optimistic about the overall U.S. economy, a 6-point jump from last quarter.

To no one’s surprise, the factor most cited as affecting sales in the fourth quarter was the upcoming election.

“Traditionally, consumer sentiment—and spending—decreases in the weeks before an election before rebounding,” said NACS Vice President of Strategic Industry Initiatives Jeff Lenard. “But retailers also expressed concerns about how the election will shape legislation and regulations related to their businesses.”

A number of retailers are finding ways to engage customers during the election season. 7-Eleven is once again conducting its 7-Election, encouraging consumers to pick the coffee cup that reflects their vote. The promotion has accurately predicted the past four presidential elections and current results reflect a dead heat for the 2016 election.

“We’re also using the election as a promotional opportunity,” said Dennis McCartney with Landhope Farms Corp. (Kennett Square, PA). “In this business, you have to capitalize on everything that surrounds you and your customers!”

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their businesses, the industry and the economy as a whole. A total of 115 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,728 stores, participated in the September 2016 survey.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Contact:

(703) 684-3600 (phone)
(703) 836-4564 (fax)

Source: NACS

Barnes & Noble reports sales and earnings for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended July 30, 2016

New York, NY, 2016-Sep-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) today (September 8, 2016) reported sales and earnings for its fiscal 2017 first quarter ended July 30, 2016.

Total sales for the first quarter were $913.9 million, declining 6.6% as compared to the prior year. Retail sales, which include Barnes & Noble stores and BN.com, declined 6.1% to $881.7 million for the quarter.  Comparable store sales declined 6.0% for the quarter, softer than the Company’s expectations, due in large part to lower traffic and the challenging retail environment.  NOOK sales, which include digital content, devices and accessories, declined 24.5% to $41.0 million for the quarter.

Retail incurred an operating loss of $7.4 million during the quarter, which includes severance charges and consulting fees of $7.9 million resulting from Retail’s cost reduction initiatives.  NOOK incurred an operating loss of $14.0 million, which includes severance and transitional costs of $7.2 million related to the previously announced outsourcing of certain NOOK services and the closure of its California and Taiwan offices.

The consolidated first quarter net loss from continuing operations was $14.4 million, or $0.20 per share, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $7.8 million, or $0.27 per share, in the prior year.  Excluding the charges noted above, the consolidated first quarter net loss from continuing operations would have been $5.0 million, or $0.07 per share.

Retail generated EBITDA of $17.6 million, inclusive of the Retail charges noted above.  Excluding the charges, Retail EBITDA would have been $25.5 million, a decline of $19.8 million versus the prior year, primarily as a result of the sales decrease.

NOOK EBITDA losses were $7.9 million, which includes the NOOK charges noted above.  Excluding the charges, NOOK EBITDA losses would have been $0.7 million, improving $16.6 million as compared to a year ago, due primarily to the Company’s cost rationalization efforts.

On a consolidated basis, the Company generated first quarter EBITDA of $9.6 million.  Excluding the charges noted above, consolidated EBITDA would have been $24.7 million, or $3.2 million lower than the prior year.

Return of Capital
During the quarter, the Company returned $20.8 million in cash to its shareholders, including $11.1 million in dividends and $9.7 million through share repurchases.  The Company acquired approximately 830,000 shares at an average price of $11.73 during the quarter under its share repurchase program.

Outlook
The Company remains focused on executing its previously announced strategic initiatives to increase sales and reduce expenses.  Given the softer than expected sales results to date, and the expected continuation of the challenging retail environment, the Company now expects fiscal 2017 comparable store sales to decline in the low single digits.

Although the Company is reducing its comparable store sales expectations, through its expense reduction initiatives, it continues to expect full year consolidated EBITDA to be in a range of $200 million to $250 million.  Retail EBITDA is expected to be in a range of $240 million to $280 million, excluding the impact of any charges related to its cost reduction initiatives and costs associated with the recent CEO departure.  NOOK EBITDA losses are expected to decline to a range of $30 million to $40 million, including previously announced transitional costs.

Conference Call
A conference call with Barnes & Noble, Inc.’s senior management will be webcast beginning at 10:00 A.M. ET on Thursday, September 8, 2016, and is accessible at www.barnesandnobleinc.com/webcasts.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. will report fiscal 2017 second quarter results on or about December 1, 2016.

Financial Tables
Download financial tables related to the sales and earnings for the fiscal 2017 first quarter ended July 30, 2016:

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 638 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com). The NOOK Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK (www.nook.com) tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US plus periodicals, comics, apps, movies and TV shows, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) and information relating to Barnes & Noble that are based on the beliefs of the management of Barnes & Noble as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the management of Barnes & Noble. When used in this communication, the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “will,” “forecasts,” “projections,” and similar expressions, as they relate to Barnes & Noble or the management of Barnes & Noble, identify forward-looking statements.

Such statements reflect the current views of Barnes & Noble with respect to future events, the outcome of which is subject to certain risks, including, among others, the general economic environment and consumer spending patterns, decreased consumer demand for Barnes & Noble’s products, low growth or declining sales and net income due to various factors, including store closings, higher-than-anticipated or increasing costs, including with respect to store closings, relocation, occupancy (including in connection with lease renewals) and labor costs, the effects of competition, the risk of insufficient access to financing to implement future business initiatives, risks associated with data privacy and information security, risks associated with Barnes & Noble’s supply chain, including possible delays and disruptions and increases in shipping rates, various risks associated with the digital business, including the possible loss of customers, declines in digital content sales, risks and costs associated with ongoing efforts to rationalize the digital business and the digital business not being able to perform its obligations under the Samsung commercial agreement and the consequences thereof, the risk that financial and operational forecasts and projections are not achieved, the performance of Barnes & Noble’s initiatives including but not limited to its new store concept and e-commerce initiatives, unanticipated adverse litigation results or effects, potential infringement of Barnes & Noble’s intellectual property by third parties or by Barnes & Noble of the intellectual property of third parties, and other factors, including those factors discussed in detail in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” in Barnes & Noble’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2016, and in Barnes & Noble’s other filings made hereafter from time to time with the SEC.

Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results or outcomes may vary materially from those described as anticipated, believed, estimated, expected, intended or planned. Subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Barnes & Noble or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements in this paragraph. Barnes & Noble undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this communication.

Media Contact:
Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Investor Contact:
Andy Milevoj
Vice President,
Investor Relations
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3489
amilevoj@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

CarMax to release sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2016 on September 21, 2016

RICHMOND, Va., 2016-Sep-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX) today (Sep. 7, 2016) announced details of its investor conference call to be conducted in conjunction with the release of sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2016.

September 21, 2016 – Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Earnings Conference Call

On September 21, CarMax will release sales and earnings for the second quarter ended August 31, 2016, and will host a conference call for investors at 9:00 a.m. ET. Investors may access the call as follows:

  • Dial 1-888-298-3261 (international callers dial 1-706-679-7457). The conference ID is 24693784.
  • A live webcast also will be available at investors.carmax.com.
  • A webcast replay of the call will be available at investors.carmax.com through December 19, 2016. A telephone replay also will be available through September 28, 2016, and may be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 (international callers dial 1-404-537-3406). The conference ID is 24693784.

About CarMax
CarMax is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars and operates more than 160 stores in 37 states nationwide. CarMax revolutionized the auto industry by delivering the honest, transparent and high-integrity car buying experience customers want and deserve. For more than 20 years, CarMax has made car buying more ethical, fair and stress-free by offering a no-haggle, no-hassle experience and an incredible selection of vehicles. CarMax makes selling your car easy too, by offering no-obligation appraisals good for seven days. At CarMax, we’ll buy your car even if you don’t buy ours®. CarMax has more than 22,000 associates nationwide and for 12 consecutive years has been named as one of the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. During the 12 months ending February 29, 2016, the company retailed 619,936 used cars and sold 394,437 wholesale vehicles at its in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at www.carmax.com.

Investors Contact:
Katharine Kenny
Vice President
Investor Relations
(804) 935-4591

Celeste Gunter
Manager
Investor Relations
(804) 935-4597

Media Contact:
pr@carmax.com
(855) 887-2915

Source: CarMax, Inc.

BRC – KPMG: sales in August 2016 declined 0.3% against a 0.1% increase in August 2015

London, 2016-Sep-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium. “A month of extraordinary achievement for Team GB certainly produced a feel-good effect and consumer confidence was up on July, but that generally didn’t translate into extra sales. Consumers were enticed towards leisure and outdoor activities rather than shopping, although Food did post its strongest performance in more than two years; fuelled by demand for picnic, barbeque supplies and celebratory drinks.

“Care should be taken in reading too much into August’s lacklustre performance. As we’ve seen in the last couple of months, data portending the health of the economy paint a volatile picture. The fact is that so far little has directly changed for the UK’s consumers as a result of the referendum, so it’s the pre-existing market dynamics that are still driving sales. The slowdown in real wage growth in the first half of 2016 and strong competition will continue to weigh on trend growth in total sales; whilst holiday timings, promotional and seasonal activity will contribute to fluctuations month on month.”

David McCorquodale, Head of Retail, KPMG
“In contrast to July, August’s retail figures illustrate somewhat of a U-turn of retail fortunes. Like-for-like sales were down 0.9 per cent on this time last year – painting a disappointing picture given previous signs of encouragement.

“Sales of women’s fashions performed particularly poorly, despite widespread promotions. The warmer weather made it almost too hot to shop and dissuaded shoppers from looking at the newly arrived autumn products. Despite this, jewellery sales continued to benefit from international shoppers taking advantage of the weaker pound. Whilst for those at home, some of whom may have opted for a staycation given the exchange rate, the warmer weather put wine and barbeques firmly on the menu – much to the delight of food and drinks sellers.

“With the Bank holiday weekend and ‘back to school’ sales largely falling in next month’s figures, it’s unsurprising that children’s fashion and footwear haven’t yet experienced an uplift. Given the volatility of retail sales in the past few months, no doubt retailers will be hoping for a smoother ride in the lead up to Christmas.”

Food & Drink sector performance, Joanne Denney-Finch, Chief Executive, IGD. “A strong August for sales under mainly blue skies completed a good summer for grocery retailers, with the best underlying three-month growth for more than two years. “Although 51 per cent of shoppers feel that the next 12 months is a time for them to play it safe in financial terms, this does not seem to be curtailing overall spending on everyday items like food and groceries.”

For Media Enquiries:
Zoe Maddison
British Retail Consortium
Tel:  0207 854 8924
Email:  Zoe.Maddison@brc.org.uk

Source: British Retail Consortium

GameStop Corp. announces sales and earnings for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016

GRAPEVINE, TX , 2016-Aug-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a global family of specialty retail brands that makes the most popular technologies affordable and simple, today ( 08/25/16) reported sales and earnings for the second quarter ended July 30, 2016.

The following table summarizes the second quarter results for fiscal 2016 and 2015 ($ in millions, except per share amounts):

Quarter Ended
July 30, 2016 Aug. 1, 2015 Change
Net Sales $1,631.8 $1,761.9 -7.4%
Same store sales* -10.6% 8.1%
GAAP Net Income $27.9 $25.3 10.3%
GAAP Diluted EPS $0.27 $0.24 12.5%
Non-GAAP Net Income $27.9 $33.1 -15.7%
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS $0.27 $0.31 -12.9%
Technology Brands Operating Earnings $13.9 $0.4 3,375.0%
*excludes Technology Brands stores

Paul Raines, chief executive officer, stated, “As expected, the continued growth and increased profit contribution of our non-physical gaming businesses drove our second quarter results. Tech Brands sales grew more than 50%, omni-channel sales increased 16%, Collectibles sales more than doubled and year-to-date, more than half of GameStop’s operating earnings have come from non-physical gaming categories. These new businesses offset a tough quarter for video gaming and prove that our diversification strategy is succeeding.”

Second Quarter Results

Total global sales decreased 7.4% to $1.63 billion, while consolidated comparable store sales declined 10.6% (-12.5% in the U.S. and -5.9% internationally). Video game sales were impacted by a lack of new titles to offset strong Q2 2015 title launches, such as Batman: Arkhman Knight and Elder Scrolls Online, and a decline in hardware sales caused primarily by new information being released about upcoming new consoles. Pre-owned sales significantly outperformed the new side of the video game business, declining only 3.2% compared to the second quarter of 2015.

In July, GameStop, via its GameTrust division and partnership with Insomniac Games, launched its first Indie game, Song of the Deep. GameTrust has several new titles in development, including De-formers, set to launch this holiday.

Non-GAAP digital receipts rose 3.3%, to $205.6 million, driven by sales of DLC and console digital currency. GAAP digital sales decreased 12.7%.

Sales in the Mobile and Consumer Electronics category increased 43.0% to $203.3 million, as Technology Brands revenues increased 54.6% to $175.9 million. Technology Brands operating earnings were $13.9 million compared to $400,000 in the prior year quarter. Overall, this segment contributed 23.8% of the company’s second quarter operating earnings. Technology Brands is on track to deliver between $85 million and $100 million of operating earnings in fiscal 2016.

Collectibles sales rose 119.5% to $90.0 million, driven by sales of ThinkGeek.com, various Pokémon products, assorted Five Nights at Freddy’s skus and character pop vinyls from recently released movies like Suicide Squad. The company added ten Collectibles stores during the quarter, bringing the total global portfolio to 47 stores.

GameStop’s net earnings for the second quarter were $27.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.24 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP earnings for the quarter were $27.9 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared to Non-GAAP earnings of $33.1 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. Last year’s reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income is included with this release (Schedule III).

Capital Allocation Update

On August 22, 2016, GameStop’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.37 per common share payable on September 22, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on September 9, 2016. As previously announced, GME acquired 507 new AT&T Mobility stores through the acquisition of three national AT&T authorized retailers for approximately $441 million.

Earnings Guidance

For the third quarter of fiscal 2016, GameStop expects comparable store sales to range from -2.0% to 1.0%. Diluted earnings per share are expected to range from $0.53 to $0.58. For fiscal 2016, the company is reiterating its full year diluted earnings per share guidance of $3.90 to $4.05 and comparable store sales are now expected to range of -4.5% to -1.5%.

Note: The guidance is based on weighted average shares outstanding of 104,500,000.

Conference Call Information

A conference call with GameStop Corp.’s management is scheduled for August 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. CT to discuss the company’s financial results. The phone number for the call is 888-500-6948 and the pass code is 5743731. This call, along with supplemental information, can also be accessed at GameStop Corp.’s investor relations home page at http://investor.GameStop.com/. The conference call will be archived for two months on GameStop’s corporate website.

About GameStop

GameStop Corp. (NYSE: GME), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Grapevine, Texas, is a global, multichannel video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. GameStop operates more than 7,500 stores across 14 countries. The company’s consumer product network also includes www.gamestop.com; www.Kongregate.com, a leading browser-based game site; Game Informer® magazine, the world’s leading print and digital video game publication; and ThinkGeek, www.thinkgeek.com, the premier retailer for the global geek community featuring exclusive and unique video game and pop culture products. In addition, our Technology Brands segment includes Simply Mac and Spring Mobile stores. Simply Mac, www.simplymac.com, operates 72 stores, selling the full line of Apple products, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones and offering Apple certified warranty and repair services. Spring Mobile, www.springmobile.com, sells all of AT&T’s products and services, including DIRECTV through its 1,424 AT&T branded stores and offers pre-paid wireless services, devices and related accessories through its 70 Cricket branded stores in select markets in the U.S.

General information about GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company’s corporate website. Follow @GameStop on Twitter and find GameStop on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GameStop.

Non-GAAP Measures

As a supplement to our financial results presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), GameStop may use certain non-GAAP measures, such as digital receipts and constant currency, to provide a clearer perspective of the current operating performance of the company. GameStop defines digital receipts as the full amount paid by the customer for digital content at the time of sale and/or the value attributed to digital content when physical and digital products are sold combined. Results reported as constant currency exclude the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates by converting our local currency financial results using the prior period exchange rates and comparing these adjusted amounts to our current period reported results. Our definition and calculation of constant currency information may differ from that of other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the company’s reported GAAP financial results.

Safe Harbor

This presentation contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, the outlook for the third quarter and fiscal 2016, future financial and operating results and projections, projected store openings, timing and terms of potential acquisitions, the company’s plans, objectives, expectations and intentions, and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of GameStop’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. GameStop undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements: the inability to obtain sufficient quantities of product to meet consumer demand, including console hardware and accessories; the timing of release and consumer demand for new and pre-owned video game titles; our ability to continue to expand, and successfully open and operate new stores for, our collectibles and tech brands businesses; risks associated with achievement of anticipated financial and operating results from acquisitions; our ability to sustain and grow our console digital video game sales; the risks associated with international operations, wireless industry partnerships and operations and the completion and integration of acquisitions; increased competition and changing technology in the video game industry, including browser and mobile games and digital distribution of console games, and the impact of that competition and those changes on physical video game sales; and economic, regulatory and other events, including litigation, that could reduce or impact consumer demand or affect the company’s business. Additional factors that could cause GameStop’s results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in GameStop’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended Jan. 30, 2016 filed with the SEC and available at the SEC’s Internet site at http://www.sec.gov or http://investor.GameStop.com.

Contact:
Matt Hodges
Vice President
Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
GameStop Corp.
(817) 424-2130

Source: GameStop Corporation

September is all about sales and promotions at Commissary

FORT LEE, Va., 2016-Aug-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Commissary shoppers will see various sales events throughout their store in September with Labor Day promotions, football fever events, Oktoberfest celebrations, case lot sales, and lots of coupons to help save even more money.

“September is a busy month for commissaries, and there are plenty of promotions available for our patrons to help them save money and maximize their benefit,” said Tracie Russ, the Defense Commissary Agency director of sales.

Commissary shoppers can easily find out about the sales and promotions by going online, where they can also enter contests and win trips. The best places to check are the Sales & Events and Exclusive Savings sections, while the case lot sale schedule is at the Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale page.

These discounts result from DeCA’s industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – who collaborate with commissaries to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sales are continuing through September for stateside commissaries. Each store hosts individual two- or three-day case lot sales on one weekend between mid-August and the end of September. Commissaries in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are also participating. This year’s sales recognize DeCA’s 25th birthday celebration. The agency was officially formed Oct. 1, 1991, consolidating the commissary systems of each of the military services. These sales provide commissary shoppers up to 50 percent savings on bulk buys of cereals, breakfast bars, chips, beverages, paper goods and other items. During these “parking lot” sales, commissaries also offer seasonal fresh produce on sale and provide high-value coupons for products inside the store. Look on the Case Lot Sales page for the schedule of local case lot events.
  • “It’s Football Tailgating Time!” Starting Sept. 3, commissaries will offer game-day recipes, high-value coupon booklets for discounts on football favorites and will make it easy to shop with recipe items adjacent to the fresh meats featured in the recipes. Participating brands are Kraft, Heinz, Frito Lay, Entenmann’s, Kellogg, Ball Park Franks, Johnsonville, Nabisco, DiGiorno and Tombstone. Mymilitarysavings.com will also feature promotional details to include Hot Deals, blogs, social media, e-newsletter blasts and more.
  • For Better Breakfast Month, the Kellogg Company is offering $2 off coupons worldwide (Save $2 off coffee, milk, or fruit with the purchase of any two Special K products) from Sept. 1 to 11. These coupons will also be distributed in stores by industry representatives who will demonstrate healthy recipes.
  • How’s Your Team Spirit? Starting Sept. 3 through Jan. 3, 2017, patrons who purchase four Campbell’s Chunky Soup or Chili canned items in one transaction, and present their Commissary Rewards Cards at checkout will be automatically entered to win a $100 NFL gift card. Four gift cards will be awarded each week (three in the U.S. and one overseas) for 17 weeks. Official rules will be available at Rewards Card coupon selection page starting Sept. 3.
  • Free Groceries for a Year is a Kraft Heinz promotion that will give away six prizes of $7,500 each in Commissary Gift Cards to winning commissary patrons. The online giveaway runs now through Sept. 11. Participating brands include Kraft Natural Cheese, Kraft Singles, Velveeta, Kraft Grated Parmesan, Cracker Barrel, Jell-O, Breakstone’s, Knudsen, Kraft Dinners, Kraft Salad Dressings, Kraft BBQ Sauce, Oscar Mayer, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Planters, Cool Whip and Kraft Mayo. No purchase is necessary. Participation is limited to stateside customers including those in Alaska and Hawaii commissaries. For details, go to the Mymilitarysavings.com website.
  • From Sept. 12-25, commissary shoppers who cannot attend Oktoberfest in Germany can find value savings on products for their own celebrations. Commissaries have a full line of German products from chocolates, cookies, sauerkraut, mustard and red cabbage, to rich German coffee and more.
  • “Celebrate Family Values Sweepstakes.” Commissary Rewards Card users worldwide have a chance to win one of 30 $250 Commissary Gift Cards in the “Celebrate Family Values Sweepstakes.” Those who buy two Kimberly Clark products in one transaction from Sept. 15 to Oct. 23 and present their Commissary Rewards Cards at checkout, will be automatically entered to win. Details will be available Sept. 15 on the Rewards Card coupon selection page.
  • Unilever is offering its annual “Italian & American Festival of Savings”from Sept. 26 to Oct. 9. This year’s promotion features Unilever brands such as Hellman’s, Lipton, Knorr and Breyers, as well as personal care brands such as Dove, St. Ives, Vaseline, Q-Tips and Tresemme. More than 150,000 high-value in-store coupon flyers will be distributed worldwide. Unilever will donate up to $20,000 to the Fisher House based on sales from this event.
  • “Extra savings” signs will highlight discounts near mass displays throughout the commissaries: Sept. 1-25; General Mills will offer “Big G” cereal savings worldwide with coupons located adjacent to their displays; and beginning Sept. 19, the J.M. Smucker Company will offer the “Crisco Cares” deeply discounted savings from Pillsbury, Folgers, JIF and Martha White.”

“Don’t miss these hot fall savings,” Russ said. “It’s always worth the trip to your local commissary.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. By shopping regularly in the commissary, patrons save thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Commissary

Al Meera’s sales in 1H2016 grew 10.6%, from QR 1.22 billion to QR 1.35 billion vs the same period in 2015

QATAR, 2016-Aug-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (QSC) recently disclosed its semi-annual financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2016, with net profit attributable to the owners of the company amounting to QR 102.4 million.

Commenting on the company’s achievement, Al Meera stated that for the first half of the year, the company recorded gross profit of QR 215.4 million, representing an 8.0% increase, despite a drop in gross profit percentage from 16.3% (last period) to 16.0% (this period). Meanwhile, gross shops rental income increased by 50.1% from QR 23.3 million last year, to QR 34.9 million this year. Al Meera’s operating income also increased by 10.6% compared to the same period in 2015.

Al Meera’s sales for the first half of this year grew 10.6%, from QR 1.22 billion to QR 1.35 billion, compared to the same period in 2015.

These financial results come as a result of Al Meera’s expansion plans to serve the diverse communities in the state of Qatar and meet the needs of all citizens and residents wherever they are, with competitive prices that take into account all segments of society.

As of June 30, 2016, total equity stood at QR 1.33 billion on a capital base of QR 200 million, and earnings per share for the period was QR 5.12, a 1.5% increase from H1 2015.

Since its inception in 2005, Al Meera has reflected the natural evolution of cooperative enterprises, which were established during the last thirty years to meet the different needs of the Qatari community. Throughout the company’s decade-long history, Al Meera has remained committed to providing high quality products and services to its customers at competitive prices in a distinctive and ethical way.

Al Meera has proudly made progress in all areas, including developing an expansion strategy that matches with the Qatar National Vision 2030’s urban development plans. And today, Al Meera is pleased to announce that it is in the process of finishing the final stages for opening 5 stores out of the 14 announced last year, which are due to be open in the near future in Bu Sidra, North Sailiya (Al Miarad), Al Wakra (West), Leaibab 2, and Um Salal Ali.

Al Meera’s new community malls are constructed in a modern and contemporary design. Each mall includes a supermarket, along with shops, restaurants and other stores. The malls are also constructed in accordance with international standards and equipped with the latest interior designs and lighting systems that ensure a distinctive shopping experience.

To view the Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s review report for the six month period ended June 30, 2016 (Statement), click here

Contact:
Tel: 40119111 – 40119112
Fax: +974 40119186
Email: admin@almeera.com.qa

Source: Al Meera

Carphone Warehouse: Sales of Powerbank units up 60% since launch of Pokémon Go

London, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carphone Warehouse accessory sales of portable Powerbanks saw a 60% increase over the weekend, indicating herds of Pokémon trainers headed to stores to avoid running out of phone battery at critical moments on their quest to catch Pokémon.

Stores in Devon and Cornwall saw the biggest increase in sales, suggesting many Pokémon trainers were hitting the coast at the weekend to enjoy the weather whilst continuing to try and ‘catch ‘em all’. Carphone Warehouse is offering the Kit Powerbank 2,000mAh for just £9.99 or the more powerful PNY 4,400mAh Powerbank for just £12.99 which will provide another full charge.

For customers looking for a plan to include more data to continue their quests, Carphone Warehouse is offering two data heavy SIM Only deals online, from iD and O2:

  • iD – 30-day plan £15/mth for 6GB, 2000 minutes, 5000 texts
  • O2 – 12mth plan £18/mth for 10GB, on O2 Unlimited min, Unlimited text

Steve Bell, Commercial Marketing Director at Carphone Warehouse commented: “Pokémon Go fever has gripped the nation and it’s easy to see why. You can have all the tips, cheats and shortcuts in the world but you’ll never catch ‘em all if your battery runs out.

“Pokémon Go inevitably drains battery life as it uses the camera, GPS and data connection at the same time. Turning on the phone’s power-saver mode will definitely help but having a charger or a power pack in your back pocket to revive your phone battery is a must-have for all true fans.”

For further information on Carphone Warehouse’s accessories range please head to https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/accessories.html

About Dixons Carphone:
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and Services Company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World in the UK and Ireland, Elkjøp, El Giganten, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of European airports and Phone House in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and various other European markets.

Business-to-business services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For more information about Dixons Carphone plc, please visit www.dixonscarphonegroup.com

Follow us on Twitter: @DixonsCarphone

Please contact Carphone Warehouse Press Office at M&C Saatchi PR for further information:
Gabriella Smith Gabriella.Smith@mcsaatchi.com
Imogen Turner Imogen.Turner@mcsaatchi.com
Press Office carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com

For further information:

Dixons Carphone Brunswick
Hannah Collyer, Head of Media Relations Rachael Layfield/Helen Smith
07834 256775 020 7404 5959

Source: Dixons Carphone

The H&M group’s sales increased by 8 percent in June 2016 compared to same month the previous year

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Jul-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M group’s sales including VAT increased by 8 percent in local currencies in June 2016 compared to the same month the previous year.

The total number of stores amounted to 4,095 on 30 June 2016 compared to 3,642 on 30 June 2015.

Percentage sales development for the month of July will be published on 15 August 2016 at 08.00 (CET).

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO

The information in this press release is that which H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) is required to disclose under the EU Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014 /EU). The information was submitted for publication by the above mentioned person at 08.00 CET on 15 July 2016. This press release, along with additional information about H&M, is available at www.hm.com.

Contact:
Nils Vinge
Head of IR
+46 8 796 5250

Source: H&M Group

Macy’s, Inc. to report its second quarter 2016 sales and earnings on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

CINCINNATI, 2016-Jul-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M) is scheduled to report its second quarter 2016 sales and earnings before the opening of financial markets on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016.

The company will webcast a call with financial analysts and investors that day at 10 a.m. ET. Macys, Inc.’s webcast is accessible to the media and general public via the company’s website at www.macysinc.com. Analysts and investors may call in on 1-888-211-9951, passcode 1044180. A replay of the conference call can be accessed on the website or by calling 1-888-203-1112 (same passcode) about two hours after the conclusion of the call.

Note that the second and third quarter announcement dates and conference call times are slightly different than in the past. Third quarter 2016 sales and earnings are now expected to be announced before the opening of financial markets on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Macy’s, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation’s premier retailers, with fiscal 2015 sales of $27.079 billion. The company operates about 870 stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guamand Puerto Rico under the names of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Outlet, Macy’s Backstage and Bluemercury, as well as the macys.com, bloomingdales.com and bluemercury.com websites. Bloomingdale’s inDubai is operated by Al Tayer Group LLC under a license agreement.

All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Macy’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements contained in this release because of a variety of factors, including conditions to, or changes in the timing of, proposed transactions, prevailing interest rates and non-recurring charges, competitive pressures from specialty stores, general merchandise stores, off-price and discount stores, manufacturers’ outlets, the Internet, mail-order catalogs and television shopping and general consumer spending levels, including the impact of the availability and level of consumer debt, the effect of weather and other factors identified in documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:

Media
Jim Sluzewski
513-579-7764

Investors
Matt Stautberg
513-579-7780

Source: Macy’s, Inc.

Dollar General announces sales and exclusive offers throughout the month of July

Goodlettsville, Tennessee , 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar General is matching July’s hot, summer temperatures with sizzling sales and specials throughout the store this month!  From summer entertaining items and back-to-school needs to everyday essentials, Dollar General stores and Dollar General online is offering exceptional value on all summer needs.

“Our focus is to help Dollar General shoppers stretch their summer budgets, so we are very excited to offer numerous sales this month,” said Jim Thorpe, Dollar General’s executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. “With great offers, incredible savings, digital coupons and our exclusive Fast Way to Save™ campaign, there’s never been a better time to visit a local Dollar General store.”

Highlights of upcoming specials this month are below.  For additional savings, visit Dollar General’s website or the Dollar General mobile app to view each week’s circular.

Fast Way to Save™ Digital Coupon Savings: July 17 through August 13
Available through Dollar General Digital Coupons, the Fast Way to Save™ program helps customers save even more in digital coupons savings and exclusive offers on summer favorites and items for those preparing students for back-to-school and back-to-campus time.  From July 17 through August 13, customers may save on products from General Mills®, Energizer®, Ziploc®, Clorox®, Kellogg’s®, Campbell’s®, Rubbermaid® and more. Fast Way to Save™ offers are only available through the Dollar General digital coupon program, can be combined with sale items so customers can save even more and may only been redeemed once during the promotional time frame.

To enroll or upload coupons through Dollar General Digital Coupons, customers may login to their electronic DG Digital Coupon account either through Dollar General’s website at www.dollargeneral.com/coupons, through the DG mobile app for Android and iPhone smartphones or by texting “JOIN” to 34898.*

Week of July 10:

  • July 12 through 14: 70 percent off select summer apparel (valid on yellow dot tags starting at $7).
  • Instant $3 savings with any qualifying $10 or more purchase of Colgate-Palmolive products.
  • Pepsi® or Mountain Dew® 2-liter assorted varieties: $1 each (California CRV or deposit where applicable)
  • Tide® Pods™ or Gain® Flings!™ 12-16 count: $1.95 final price with $3 DG digital coupon (Offers with like items cannot be combined.)
  • Back to school sales including the following. See the July 10 circular for more offers.
    • Several $0.50 items including Elmer’s® 4-ounce school glue, iMagine™ and Bic® writing utensils, Crayola® and iMagine™ coloring items, DG Office™ index dividers, Sharpie® Ultra Fine Point (one count) and more!
    • Assorted backpack styles starting at $3 each
    • Elmer’s® mini school glue stick (one count), Elmer’s® mini school glue bottle (one count) or iMagine™ crayons (24 count): Three for $1

Week of July 17:

  • Launch of Dollar General’s school supply digital and mobile coupon and online promotion code for $5 off any qualifying $20 purchase.
  • Clover Valley® 12-pack assorted cans: Three for $6 (must purchase three to get the discounted price)
  • Scott™ six Mega paper towel rolls, Bounty Basic™ six Big paper towel rolls, Cottonelle® 12 Big rolls of Clean Care or Comfort Care Bath Tissue, or Charmin® Basic® 12 rolls BONUS bath tissue big squeeze: $4.95 each
  • Tide® Pods™ 23-31 count or Gain® Flings!™ 31 count in assorted scents: $5.95 final price with $3 DG digital coupon.
  • Maxwell House® Wake Up Roast coffee in 30.65 ounce container: $5.95
  • Mountain Dew® Black Label 16 ounce: Buy one, get one free (Must purchase two to get the discounted price).
  • Three-day sale on July 21-23 with extra savings including
    • Pepsi® or Mountain Dew® six-pack or eight-pack bottles where available: Five for $10 (Must purchase five to get the discounted price; California CRV or deposit where applicable)
    • Lay’s® assorted varieties (9.75-10.5 ounce packages): Two for $4 (Must purchase two to get the discounted price).
    • Hefty® trash bags Ultra Strong Citrus Twist® 13 gallon/38-count: $5.95
    • Scott® Extra Soft bath tissue nine double rolls: $3.95
    • Assorted styles of beach towels: 50 percent off
    • Summer Apparel: Buy one, get one free (Equal or lesser value; Look for yellow and white dot on tag; Must purchase two to get the discounted price)
    • Swim and summer toys: Buy one, get one 50 percent off (Equal of lesser value; Must purchase two to get discounted price)

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the DG Newsroom, contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at dgpr@dg.com.

*Standard message and data rates may apply.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others . Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29, 2016, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com

Source: Dollar General

Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of 2016 according to NACS survey

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2016-Jul-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of the year as lower gas prices fueled more driving and Americans embraced the continued addition of fresh and healthy food options, according to a survey of convenience retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

More than two in three convenience retailers (70%) say that in-store sales in the first half of 2016 were higher than the same period last year. A majority (54%) also say that fuel sales were higher compared to the first half of 2015. Only 8% of retailers say that in-store sales were lower in the first half of 2016 compared to a year ago.

Retailers continue to add fresh items to their product mix: 43% say that they have added more fresh fruit or vegetables this year; 39% have added more packaged salads; and 30% have added more cut fruits and vegetables. Overall, 85% of retailers say they sell fresh fruit or vegetables, an 8-point increase over last year.

Retailers also are selling more prepared foods and see food service as a growth opportunity: 64% say that they are confident in their ability to compete with quick-service restaurants for customers.

Golden Pantry Food Stores (Watkinsville, GA) and Flash’s C-Store (Sheridan, WY) are among the many companies that say they are adding more prepared foods and fresh fruit and salads. Meanwhile, SpartanNash (Grand Rapids, MI), which operates Quick Stop convenience stores, is expanding its nuts and seeds, jerky and protein bar selections. Overall, 94% of retailers surveyed say they sell health bars and 92% sell nuts and trail mix.

“It’s not a matter of ‘if’ we are going to evolve; it’s a requirement,” said Dennis McCartney with Landhope Farms Corp. (Kennett Square, PA), which is investing in new foodservice equipment to add new items to its menu.

Meanwhile, bottled water sales continue to grow at convenience stores. Nearly half of all retailers (48%) say they have expanded their bottled water offerings and even more (59%) say they increased their nutraceuticals and enhanced water selections. Convenience stores sell an estimated 50% of all single-serve bottled water purchases in the United States.

As a result of strong sales and continued success selling new items, more than two in three convenience retailers (68%) say they are optimistic about their own business prospects and 63% are optimistic about the industry’s prospects. Sales this summer are expected to be strong because of “dry, hot weather and tourist traffic,” noted Rich Spresser with Pester Marketing (Denver, CO).

However, there are areas of concern. Retailer optimism over their own business prospects, while still strong, has dropped 20 points from the 83% who said they were optimistic a year ago.

The drop in optimism is led by bigger concerns about the economy. A minority of retailers (47%) now say they are optimistic about the overall U.S. economy, down from 61% a year ago. Retailers say they are apprehensive about regulations, especially those targeting wages, which could lead to higher direct store operating expenses.

Why the downward trend in overall optimism? The most common reason is summed up by Robin Gabriel with Shell Food Mart (Hinsdale, IL): “The election” and the overall negative political climate.

The quarterly NACS Retailer Sentiment Survey tracks retailer sentiment related to their businesses, the industry and the economy as a whole. A total of 110 member companies, representing a cumulative 1,905 stores, participated in the June 2016 survey.

Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Contact:
(703) 684-3600 (phone)
(703) 836-4564 (fax)

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Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of 2016 according to NACS survey Convenience stores sales surged over the first half of 2016 according to NACS survey

Source: NACS

International Council of Shopping Centers: U.S. shopping center sales rose 4.3% in December vs the same month last year

Latest ICSC Consumer Survey Examines Gasoline Impact Going Forward

NEW YORK, 2015-1-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. shopping center sales rose 4.3% in December over the same month of the prior year according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  For the traditional holiday shopping season, November and December combined, sales increased to $487.1 billion for an increase of 3.6% – ­the best performance for a holiday season since 2011 – as expected by ICSC in its forecast last fall.

For the month of December, the most purchased goods category for consumers was apparel/footwear with 51% saying they bought in that category. The second highest category was traditional in-store gift cards at 34%, then toys/games at 29% and smart phones/tablets and video games/consoles each at 18%. Experiences were also highly sought after with 66% indicating they went to a restaurant and 34% saying they bought tickets to a movie, museum, event or other form of entertainment.

As of mid-January, 42% of consumers felt like they had more money to spend as a result of falling gas prices (15% were unsure). Households of 3 or more people significantly felt like they had more money as a result of the price drop than single-person households. There was also a large gap in terms of gender with more men (50%) than women (35%) feeling they had more money to spend. The same held true for younger age groups versus older ones.

“With gasoline prices continuing to recede and an overall improving economy reflected in the latest employment figures and confidence indexes, we can expect the current mood to continue, with consumers heading to brick-and-mortar stores to make purchases in the first quarter of 2015,” said Jesse Tron, spokesman for ICSC.

Of those that indicated they had more money to spend, 72% planned to buy a big-ticket item (i.e. a car, large appliance, home improvement, or travel) in the next three months. Travel came first at 49%, followed by home improvement (40%), a car (24%,) and a large appliance (19%).

Those consumers also indicated a propensity to increase their spending on everyday items as well – 65% increased spending on food services (e.g. restaurants), almost 60% of consumers increased spending on convenience goods (e.g. groceries, drug store items), 55% increased purchases on discretionary goods (e.g. fashion apparel, electronics, furnishings), 50% increased on entertainment (e.g. movies, plays, concerts), and 34% spent more on personal services (e.g. hair salons, fitness clubs).

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 www.icsc.org.

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Bargains To Be Had As Shoppers Get Ready For Christmas And Save By Using The Latest Discount Codes And Voucher Codes Online

Consumers are expected to purchase more gifts online than ever before in the run up to Christmas, despite still feeling the pinch as the UK’s faltering economy struggles to pick up.

Sales via the web are set to rise by 16% this year and VoucherMole.co.uk, the UK ‘s leading voucher codes website, is urging Christmas shoppers to take advantage of the array of discount codes available in order to keep bills down.

“Despite people having less money at their disposal they’ll still look to splash out on gifts at Christmas as they won’t want to disappoint their friends and relatives,” said a spokesperson from Voucher Mole. “Also, young children don’t understand what a recession is and will still be asking for the same expensive toys – it’s difficult for parents to say ‘no’.

“That said, the beauty of online shopping is that discount codes are out there waiting to be snapped up and Voucher Mole can put them in the hands of the consumer. By making the effort to cash in as many discount codes as you can, costs can be kept much lower than expected meaning Christmas 2011 can be a good one.”

Meanwhile, Google has issued an article called ‘e-Retail Recommendations for Christmas 2011′ which offers advice to online retailers on how they can make sales to the bargain hungry user. They give three key tips, namely: businesses should prepare as early as possible (Cyber Sunday and Cyber Monday are on December 4 th and 5 th this year) and research what this Christmas’s ‘must-have’ items are; allay any fears about undelivered goods, particularly if there are severe weather conditions again; and ensure that websites are mobile and tablet friendly as more and more consumers are using such devices to shop.

“It seems that retailers such as play.com, HMV and WHSmith are keen to offer customers some good deals in order to ensure pleasing sales figures for this quarter,” added Voucher Mole. “With shoppers desperate to snap up discounted products in return, there’s every chance that – particularly regarding online retail – there won’t be the doom and gloom that everyone is expecting.”

Voucher Mole is a leading retail promotion company which features voucher codes, deals and offers from a wide variety of online retailers. Our team tracks down the best deals and passes them on to online consumers keen to save money on big brands. Voucher Mole is part of Wilsons Online Retail Ltd. For information visit www.vouchermole.co.uk.

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DIY Savings Can Be Made Online By Searching For The Best Voucher Codes & Special Offers Says VoucherMole.co.uk

A recent survey has suggested that not all men are masters of DIY, with many preferring to bring the experts in than have a go themselves.

According to RatedPeople.com, four out of ten men would rather employ a tradesman than tackle tasks such as changing a tap, fitting a carpet or replacing a tile. Alarmingly, of those who do undertake such duties, on average they need to fork out an extra £200 to repair the damage.

However, VoucherMole.co.uk, the UK’s leading voucher codes website, claims that all is not lost as by getting great deals on materials from the outset there’s less chance of being out of pocket.

“Men seem to profess to being adept at DIY in order to impress their other halves, when in fact, the majority don’t have much of a clue,” said a spokesperson from Voucher Mole. “Then they find themselves in an even bigger hole, sometimes literally, when they’ve made matters ten times worse and have to foot the bill for expensive repairs – often by the very tradesman they should have called on in the first place.

“Appreciating that this may long be the case, at the very least DIY enthusiasts should seek out special offers on the materials and tools they require or furniture they have to assemble, by applying some of Voucher Mole’s many voucher codes for retailers such as Homebase, B&Q and Argos.”

The DIY survey also revealed that almost a third of men don’t know how to change a fuse on a plug, three-quarters would be stumped when changing a bath or sink tap, and four out of ten men are left scratching their heads at the prospect of painting the house.

“A sensible tactic would be for men to hold their hands up and admit defeat from the start, use some discount codes to buy whatever is needed, and then hand everything over to the expert. It would certainly cost less in the long run and there won’t be a long list of botched jobs that need fixing.”

Voucher Mole is a leading retail promotion company which features voucher codes, deals and offers from a wide variety of online retailers. Our team tracks down the best deals and passes them on to online consumers keen to save money on big brands. Voucher Mole is part of Wilsons Online Retail Ltd. For information visit vouchermole.co.uk.

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Zombie Halloween Costume Sales Set To Soar At AFD

With less than nine weeks to go until the bone-shaking date of October 31st, UK fancy dress retailers All Fancy Dress are anticipating unprecedented sales of zombie costumes in the lead up to this year’s Halloween celebrations.

The Essex-based online fancy dress retailers stock a truly terrifying range of Halloween costumes including the classic outfits we’ve come to recognise at fancy dress parties with friends and family.

Zombie costumes are incredibly popular with customers looking to replicate the terror of their favourite characters from their favourite horror movies.

Matt Foden, of All Fancy Dress, said: “We’re expecting an increasing number of customers are purchasing zombie costumes for Halloween.

“The ‘Thriller’ look has been very popular in recent years following the death of Michael Jackson and the ‘Shaun of the Dead’ films that have been blockbuster hits on the cinema screens have also proved major influences.

“Our great range of men’s, women’s and boys’ zombie costumes is guaranteed to provide inspiration for your Halloween outfit this year.”

All Fancy Dress is truly passionate about Halloween and it shows in their extensive range of Halloween costumes and accessories. With over 3,000 outfits to choose from you’ll be sure to find the scary outfit to transform you into your darker alter ego!

Halloween is both a family and party event and consequently you will require Halloween costumes for all ages. All Fancy Dress doesn’t forget the little ones – its cute range of Halloween outfits for toddlers will ensure no-one gets left out this year. AFD boasts a wealth of industry experience and as such you can shop with confidence safe in the knowledge your children will look and feel great on Halloween.

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