Retailers across the industry have been nothing if not proactive this week, unveiling deals and partnerships aplenty.

An agreement between McColl’s and Morrisons kick-started the bumper few days.

Taking the rug from under Nisa’s feet, Morrisons will now supply the Safeway brand to McColl’s convenience stores and newsagents.

We analysed the deal and its wider implications for the grocery sector.

A day later, value variety store B&M stepped into the spotlight with its £152m acquisition of Heron Foods.

The purchase highlights the retailer’s confidence in the convenience grocery market, but what will it do with Heron’s 250 small stores?

Thursday then brought news of DFS’ latest acquisition – 37-store retailer Sofology. We investigated the sofa retailer’s motivations and took a peek at its new assets.

And the week ended with Retail Week revealing that Wyevale Garden Centres is coming close to clinching a refinancing deal after its losses mounted in 2016.

You certainly can’t accuse the retail industry of standing still. And it’s just as well, given it’s the agile companies, which adapt to rapidly changing consumer demands, that will enjoy success in the long-run.

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Happy weekend trading, retailers.

Emily Hardy, senior reporter