Swedish ICA stores announces 3.0% sales increase in September 2016 vs. same month last year

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sales in the Swedish ICA stores increased by 3.0% in September 2016 compared with the corresponding month last year. Sales in like-for-like stores increased by 2.6%.

September 2016 January – September 2016
Store sales, excl. VAT SEKm Change all
SEKm Change all
Maxi ICA Stormarknad 2,617 3.2% 2.8% 24,939 3.4% 2.6%
ICA Kvantum 2,123 2.8% 2.2% 19,908 2.8% 2.4%
ICA Supermarket 2,686 2.6% 2.3% 25,193 2.2% 2.1%
ICA Nära 1,331 3.7% 3.7% 12,604 3.2% 3.5%
Total 8,757 3.0% 2.6% 82,645 2.8% 2.5%

In September 2016, sales in the Swedish ICA stores totalled SEK 8,757 million excluding VAT, which is an increase of 3.0% compared with the same month in the previous year. Sales in January-September 2016 amounted to SEK 82,645 million, an increase of 2.8% compared with the previous year.

ICA Gruppen estimates the calendar effect for September to be +1.9%.

At 30 September 2016, the number of ICA stores in Sweden was 1,295. Store sales for October will be published on 8 November 2016 at 08.45 CET.

To see all publication dates in 2016, please visit ICA Gruppen’s website http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors/calendar.

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at time 08:45 on Monday October 10, 2016

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

Source: ICA Gruppen

Apranga Group announces 5.8% increase in retail turnover for September 2016 vs. same month last year

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2016-Oct-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The retail turnover (including VAT) of the Apranga Group amounted to EUR 19.1 million in September 2016, and has increased by 5.8% in comparison to September 2015.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group totalled EUR 59.4 million in 3rd quarter 2016 or by 10.1% more than in 2015.

The retail turnover (including VAT) of Apranga Group reached EUR 153.8 million in January through September 2016, and increased by 8.4% year-on-year.

In January through September 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Lithuania was EUR 89.9 million, and increased by 5.2% year-on-year.

In the nine months of 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Latvia has made EUR 37.3 million, and increased by 6.7% year-on-year.

In the nine months of 2016 the retail turnover of Apranga Group in Estonia has made EUR 26.6 million, and increased by 23.6% year-on-year.

In January through September 2016 Apranga Group opened 13 stores, reconstructed 3 and closed 3 stores.

Currently Apranga Group operates the chain of 179 stores (103 in Lithuania, 47 in Latvia and 29 in Estonia) covering the gross area of 82.1 thousand sq. m., or by 5.1% more than a year ago.

Shares of Apranga are listed on Baltic equity list on Nasdaq Vilnius Stock Exchange. Majority shareholder of Apranga Group is concern MG Baltic.


Rimantas Perveneckas
Apranga Group Director General
Tel: +370 5 2390801

Investors Contact:

Saulius Bačauskas
APB Apranga Finance and Economics Director
Tel. +370 5 2390 808, +370 5 2390 843
Fax. +370 5 2390 800
E-mail: s.bacauskas@apranga.lt

Source: Apranga Group/globenewswire

Waitrose to remove microbeads in its cosmetic products and to change the stems of its own label cotton buds to paper by September 2016

LONDON, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The retailer has pledged that by September 2016  no branded cosmetic products will contain microbeads. (The retailer’s own label range of beauty products has never contained any microbeads.)

One of the most commonly bought health and beauty items will also get a facelift in order to cut down on the use of plastics. Waitrose is the first supermarket to announce the change to stems of its own label cotton wool buds from plastic to paper this September – saving around 21 tonnes of plastic each year. The new stems will be biodegradable and made from an FSC source of paper. The additional cost will not be passed on to the customer.

Microbeads and plastic cotton bud stems are recognized as posing a serious threat to marine ecosystems by organisations such as Greenpeace, the United Nations and the Marine Conservation Society.

Tor Harris, Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and responsible sourcing, said: ‘Minimising our impact on the environment is a top priority and this is absolutely the right thing to do. Although the changes we’re making don’t seem dramatic, they are likely to have a positive impact for marine life. We know there’s more work to be done and we will continue to see how we can reduce plastics across our ranges.’

Dr Clare Cavers manages The Cotton Bud Project1, which aims to see brands and consumers switching from plastic to paper cotton buds for good: ‘This is an excellent example of a major supermarket chain taking a lead, and we hope that more companies will soon follow suit.’

Notes to editors

1 The Cotton Bud Project is run by Fidra, a charity based in East Lothian Scotland. Fidra seeks to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use these to contribute to a wider dialogue at national and international levels. Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no. SCO43895. Find out more at www.fidra.org.uk and www.cottonbudproject.org.uk

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards


For further information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal
Press Office, Corporate
Telephone: 01344826774
Email: laura.blumenthal@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose