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Best practices eyed

WASHINGTON — Category-leading suppliers managed above average sales gains in 2009 while spending less than average on their sales operations. Category-leading suppliers managed above average sales gains in 2009 while spending less than average on their sales operations. That is one of the findings of a report on winning customer and channel management practices released

Store brands make new inroads

DALLAS — Consumers continue to switch to private label products in an effort to save money, a recent poll suggests, even in categories where they once held out for national brands. Consumers continue to switch to private label products in an effort to save money, a recent poll suggests, even in categories where they once

Questions remain for Tesco

One of the great retailing careers will come to an end next spring, when Tesco CEO Terry Leahy officially retires. One of the great retailing careers will come to an end next spring, when Tesco CEO Terry Leahy officially retires. During a 14-year run as head of what has become the world’s third-largest — and

Supermarketers face formidable challenges

In a business environment filled with serious, deep-rooted challenges, operators of conventional supermarkets find themselves in perhaps the most difficult position in mass market retailing. In a business environment filled with serious, deep-rooted challenges, operators of conventional supermarkets find themselves in perhaps the most difficult position in mass market retailing. Beset by competition from merchants

Holiday head start

NEW YORK — October sales provided signs of hope for the upcoming holiday shopping season, but retailers are taking no chances. October sales provided signs of hope for the upcoming holiday shopping season, but retailers are taking no chances. Many launched Black Friday-type promotions in October or early November (some in July), rather than wait

GOP victory puts host of retail issues in play

WASHINGTON — According to the National Retail Federation, an expansive range of issues relating to retailers could be impacted in the aftermath of the 2010 midterm elections, which resulted in Republicans winning control of the House of Representatives and in the GOP narrowing the edge that Democrats hold in the Senate. According to the National

Target rolls on with redesigns

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has redesigned stores in the Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C., markets, increasing fresh food offerings in each in a bid to build shopping frequency. Target Corp. has redesigned stores in the Chicago, Dallas and Washington, D.C., markets, increasing fresh food offerings in each in a bid to build shopping frequency. The

Supervalu sells Bristol Farms unit

MINNEAPOLIS — Supervalu Inc. has sold its 14-store Bristol Farms division to the chain’s management and the investment firm Endeavour Capital. Supervalu Inc. has sold its 14-store Bristol Farms division to the chain’s management and the investment firm Endeavour Capital. Under the terms of the deal the stores will continue to operate under the Bristol

Net earnings slide at CVS Caremark

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark Corp. reported a 21% drop in third quarter profit. The company said earnings were dragged down by its pharmacy benefit management (PBM) unit, which lost business from previously canceled contracts. CVS Caremark Corp. reported a 21% drop in third quarter profit. The company said earnings were dragged down by its

Wakefern sees revenue climb

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. — After opening 18 new stores last year, Wakefern Food Corp. saw its annual sales increase to nearly $12 billion, executives said at the company’s annual meeting here late last month. After opening 18 new stores last year, Wakefern Food Corp. saw its annual sales increase to nearly $12 billion, executives said

Shoppers still frugal

ARLINGTON, Va. — Saving money at the supermarket is a bigger priority for consumers struggling to cope with the current economy, the latest shopper trends report from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has found. Saving money at the supermarket is a bigger priority for consumers struggling to cope with the current economy, the latest shopper