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Grocery loyalty improves as shoppers stick with main supermarket

Festive grocery loyalty improves as shoppers stick with main supermarket

Customer loyalty is expected to improve this Christmas as shoppers plan to stick with their usual grocer for their main festive food shop.

The Fragrance Shop has launched its first TV marketing campaign after securing a deal to sponsor seven digital channels.

The Fragrance Shop debuts on TV through sponsorship deal

The Fragrance Shop has launched its first TV marketing campaign after securing a deal to sponsor seven digital channels.

Bargain Booze launched its Christmas TV ad campaign last night focused on popular festive food, scotch eggs.

Video: Bargain Booze launches Christmas TV ad centered on scotch eggs Video

Bargain Booze launched its comic Christmas TV ad campaign last night which is focused on popular festive party food, scotch eggs.

Latest Christmas news

Hobbs private equity owner 3i has written down the value of its investment by 40 per cent

Hobbs writes down value by 40% due to tough Christmas trading

Hobbs’ private equity owner 3i has written down the value of its investment by 40% due to “tough trading” over Christmas.

Mulberry has issued a profit warning due to a weak UK market over the Christmas period and cancelled wholesale orders in Korea.

Mulberry issues profit warning after tough Christmas trading

Mulberry has issued a profit warning because of a weak UK market over the Christmas period and cancelled wholesale orders in Korea.

Lloydspharmacy like-for-likes grew 10 per cent in the nine weeks to December 25 as the health and beauty retailer pushed its specialist product offer.

Lloydspharmacy Christmas like-for-likes jump 10%

Lloydspharmacy like-for-likes grew 10% in the nine weeks to December 25 as the health and beauty retailer pushed its specialist product offer.

Poundland revealed a record Christmas partly driven by the broadening appeal of the value retailer’s offer as it served more customers than ever before.

Poundland reveals record Christmas driven by its broader customer appeal

Poundland has driven up sales to reveal a “record” Christmas partly driven by the broadening appeal of the value retailer’s offer as it served more customers than ever before.

Retail sales increased modestly in the year to January as shoppers recover from the spending splurge over Christmas.

Retail sales grow 'modestly' in January as shoppers recover from Christmas

Retail sales increased “modestly” in the year to January as shoppers recover from the spending splurge over Christmas.

Christmas comment

Poundland Stoke

Comment: Poundland has surged ahead of rivals to charm the middle classes

Poundland today reported a ‘record’ Christmas as year-on-year total gross sales surged 12.4% to £348.8m in its third quarter. Prospects for the year ahead, as the retailer eyes a public listing, are positive.

Trading is improving at WHSmith\'s travel division

Nick Bubb's verdict: WHSmith - the more things change the more they stay the same

The Christmas trading update from WHSmith was the first from new chief executive Stephen Clarke, but the more things change the more they stay the same.

Christmas analysis

Mobile was one of the reasons buying trends were so different this Christmas

Analysis: Why online buying peaks were so different over Christmas 2013

It’s no secret that shopping habits are changing, but 2013’s peak period proved to be very different. Rebecca Thomson looks at the purchasing patterns that emerged over Christmas.

Christmas sales infographic

Infographic: Retail's winners and losers over Christmas

Retailers’ performances varied widely at Christmas. Rebecca Thomson looks at the festive period’s winners and losers.

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