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Retail Sales Start To Bloom In UK

Sales in the UK grocery sector showed promising growth in the eight weeks ended April 18th, racking up 4.2 percent increases, and volume growth of 5.8 percent over the same period in 2008.  The convenience sector also showed a 3.2 percent in sales growth over a year ago, a marked improvement...

British Shoppers Follow Bargains

UK grocery sales grew at 2.7 percent in the first quarter of 2009 over the same period a year earlier, according to new research from Nielsen, with Morrisons leading the pack with 6.9 percent growth, followed closely by Asda with 6.7 percent and Sainsbury with 5 percent.  Tesco continued to...

Britain’s 100 Biggest Brands

During a recession, the conventional wisdom may be that brands suffer as consumers look to reduce costs and save money.  But while private labels have shown solid growth in many categories, brands continue to grow.  According to Nielsen, 75 of Britain’s top 100 brands continue to...

Kiwis Flock To The Internet To Shop

More New Zealanders than ever are turning to the internet to shop, according to a new report from Nielsen Online.  Those who shop online grew to 45 percent in the fourth quarter 2008, up from 39 percent for the same period a year before.  The adult online shopping population now stands at...

U.K. Grocery Sales Hold Firm

Grocery sales in the U.K. are holding their ground despite the continued economic difficulties, according to a new survey from Nielsen. Overall, sales grew 5.7 percent in the twelve-week period ended February 21 versus the same period last year, with all of the top 4 grocers attracting new...

UK Grocery Sales Rally In January

Sales at grocery stores in the UK showed signs of life in January after several months of minimal growth. According to Nielsen, year-over-year sales growth of 6.5 percent was recorded by top grocers. Interestingly, sales of general merchandise such as homeware, electrical and clothing showed...

British Consumers Going Back to Basics

The worldwide economic slowdown has resulted in a significant decline in consumer spending as retailers of all types have been affected.   But while people may hold on to their cars longer or put off the purchase of a new handbag, they all must eat.  Even grocers are seeing a big...

In UK, Online Newspapers, Magazines See New Growth

In November, 10.3 million British Internet users visited at least one of the 10 most popular newspaper websites — up 23% from 8.3 million unique visitors during the same month a year ago. Meanwhile, 5.5 million Brits visited at least one of the top 10...