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Sainsbury’s and Asda – under the bonnet of a potential merger

02 May 2018 by Ronald Nyakairu

This week came the bold announcement of the potential merger between two of the Big 4 supermarkets, Sainsbury’s and Asda. On Monday, Sainsbury’s and Asda stepped up to the podium and gave their rationale behind the deal with a presentation to the market, media interviews and the odd sing song (42nd Street is a great show to be fair).

Using LDC’s online location analysis tool (LDO) alongside market share data, we have looked at the potential fall out of the merger to understand what the CMA may have in store for Sainsbury’s and Asda when investigations begin.

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[Infographic] 7 key facts about the Sainsbury's ASDA merger

01 May 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

This weekend, the shock announcement was made that two of the Big 4 supermarkets (Sainsbury's and ASDA) might be joining forces. This merger would mean that together, they would overtake the current market share leader, Tesco. We've put together an infographic with 7 key facts that we think you need to know about the potential deal.

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[Infographic] Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores (2012-2017)

24 April 2018 by Noelle Ghanem

"Across GB the state of the grocery market is one of a changing landscape, with the previously clear divisions between supermarkets, convenience stores and discounters becoming blurred. Convenience stores are becoming more and more like mini-supermarkets with a larger chilled food offer, food-to-go selection and fresh produce. Discounters have made similar moves, opening larger stores with some adding in fashion concession partners to increase their offer to shoppers and the Big 4 supermarkets have seen their market share erode in the last couple of years." Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores', March 2018, Report by LDC

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The Big 4 supermarkets fight back to remain fresh in consumers’ minds

11 April 2018 by Sarah Phillips

The UK grocery market is evolving at a rapid pace and as the market is becoming increasingly complex, it is becoming increasingly competitive. Against a backdrop of decreasing consumer confidence and reduced spending, vast numbers of grocery retailers jostle to take market share back from others’ pockets. At the time of writing this blog, LDC data shows that there are 42,240 units classified under the supermarkets, groceries and food shops category.

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Our annual Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores report is now available!

22 March 2018 by Sarah Phillips

This annual report looks at the grocery sector across the Big 4 supermarkets, discounters (Aldi, Lidl, Home Bargains etc) and convenience stores over five years (2012 - 2017), with a focus on changes over 12 months from January 2017 - January 2018.

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Amazon break sales records, Tesco launch same day delivery and Bolton council reveal £1bn revamp plans for the town centre

11 August 2017 by Sarah Phillips

July was the month when summer officially started, the kids celebrated the start of their summer holiday and parents desperately search for things to entertain their kids for a full five weeks. However, LDC’s office-based research team were hard at work scanning the internet for activity in the Retail and Leisure market. Here’s a snapshot of what happened in July split by retail sector:

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[Infographic] - Analysis on Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores across Great Britain

15 June 2017 by Noelle Ghanem

"The landscape of convenience retail in Britain has undergone huge upheavals in the past five years. The latest wave of expansion may have reached a natural end, yet there is good reason to believe that even more fundamental changes lie in the future, as competing store formats continue to proliferate and non-store, non-traditional retailing begins to command a bigger portion of a market worth more than £150 billion each year." Introduction, 'Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores', June 2017 Report by LDC 

On June 14th, LDC published their annual Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience Stores report built to answer two fundamental questions: what are the trends and where are the opportunities?

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Matthew Hopkinson talks about Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience stores on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours program

15 June 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Matthew Hopkinson, Director at LDC, talks about Supermarkets, Discounters and Convenience stores on Wednesday's You & Yours program.

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Morrisons are filling up their basket with new products and services: but will this be enough to continue to cash in at the checkout?

12 May 2017 by Sarah Phillips

Last week Morrisons celebrated the fruits of their labour over the past few years, announcing a 3.4% increase in sales for the first quarter of this year.

Under the Chief Exec David Potts, Morrisons has gone through a period of huge change, investment and overhaul, and have been rewarded with the best quarter for the business since 2009.

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Playing it safe with Safeway: Morrisons bring retro brand back - but only into independent convenience stores

25 November 2016 by Sarah Phillips

News broke this week that Morrisons will be bringing back the Safeway brand after an 11-year absence from shoppers’ shelves.

Morrisons will produce Safeway branded food products which will be sold wholesale into independent convenience stores across the country from early next year.

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