Sainsbury’s stays strong in run-up to Christmas

first_imgSainsbury’s has come out on top during the Christmas period, being the only supermarket out of the big four to increase its market share.Kantar Worldpanel has revealed the latest grocery market share figures today (8 January) for the 12 weeks ending 23 December 2012, highlighting a flat growth level of 3.2% for the overall market.Tesco continued to dominate with a market share of 30.5%, but this dropped 0.1% on last year’s figure for the 12 weeks to 25 December 2011.Sainsbury’s was the only supermarket among the top four to increase its market share, rising 0.1% to 17.1%. Both Asda and Morrisons saw drops in market share for the 12-week period of 0.2% and 0.4% respectively.Edward Garner, director at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Among the big four supermarkets Sainsbury’s is, once again, the only retailer to increase its share compared with last year. Tesco’s share has dipped slightly, however this is an improvement on the performance seen throughout 2012, when the average share drop was 0.4%, suggesting that festive shoppers gave the retailer a welcome boost in the run-up to Christmas.“The well-publicised under-performance of Morrisons continues, and it is the only one of the big four supermarket to lose sales compared with last year. This highlights its need to address the lack of convenience outlets and an online offering in 2013, as already clearly identified by the retailer.”He added that “two nations” continued to feature heavily in the grocery market, as 47% of shoppers reduced their spend in the lead-up to Christmas, but 48% increased it at 4.5% – the same rate of inflation for the period.Discounters continued to perform well in the 12 weeks, with Aldi experiencing a 0.6% rise to 3.2% and Lidl increasing its share by 0.2% to 2.8%.last_img read more

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Camp Daniel Boone Fire 80% Contained, Cals Creek Fire 90% Contained

first_imgThe cause of both fires remains under investigation. We are in spring wildfire season, and fire danger is expected to remain high across Western North Carolina this week. Due to these extended hazardous fire conditions, the North Carolina Forest Service issued a ban on all open burning for 32 Western North Carolina counties. Photo from Getty Images Firefighters continued to make progress containing the Camp Daniel Boone Fire in Haywood County and the Cals Creek Fire in Macon County. Firefighters are monitoring the fires, which are 80% and 90% contained. Unless conditions change, no additional fire activity is expected on either fire. This will be the last update on the Camp Daniel Boone and Cals Creek fires. The Camp Daniel Boone Fire remained at 72 acres and is now 80% contained. The Lake Logan VFD provided 19 volunteers and a variety of firefighting equipment to protect numerous structures for the first 24 hours. The assistance of these dedicated volunteers is critical in the success of US Forest Service firefighting efforts. The Cals Creek Fire remained at 90 acres and is now 90% contained. The fire started on Friday, April 3, and is burning on US Forest Service land in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest east Otto, NC. 30 firefighters remain on scene. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire and are extinguishing any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. Firefighting resources to contain the Cals Creek fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as fire crews from The Nature Conservancy. center_img The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads remain closed due to the fire operations but are expected to reopen later in the week. For updates on these closures, contact the Pisgah Ranger District, (828) 877-3265. Firefighting resources to contain the Camp Daniel Boone Fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as the Lake Logan Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). The burning ban went into effect on April 3, and will remain in effect until further notice. The fire started Friday, April 3 on private property off Little East Fork Rd. and burned into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. 10 US Forest Service firefighters remain on scene to monitor the fire and patrol for any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. For more information, visit https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm. The US Forest Service urges the public to practice caution as they visit the national forests. Visitors are asked to follow guidance under the burn ban and consider postponing their camping trips. Stay up to date on current national forest closures at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures.last_img read more

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Presidential debate reflects a quest for greater democracy

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