News / UK and world by Press Association January 9, 2019, 9:47 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Majestic Wine has said the Christmas trading period was more challenging than expected, but reiterated its confidence of being a winner in the retail revolution. Total sales were 6.3% higher in the 10 weeks to December 31, accelerating from the 3.2% growth rate seen this time last year. The rapid growth was driven by a 15.9% increase in its Naked Wines business. Retail sales were up 1.5%, but gross margins were 1.2% lower in a “very price promotional market”. Chief executive Rowan Gormley said changes in consumer behaviour were driving a retail revolution. “We think there will be winners and losers, and we believe we have what it takes to be one of the winners. We are uniquely placed, with the people, data and skills in place to succeed, despite the headwinds we are seeing,” he said. The … [Read more...] about Majestic toasts faster sales growth despite challenging Christmas
News / UK and world by Press Association January 4, 2019, 8:15 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Slug & Lettuce owner Stonegate has toasted buoyant festive sales after being boosted by Christmas and New Year drinkers. The group, which also owns cocktail bar Be At One, booked like for like sales growth of 7.8% in the month to January 1. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, key trading days for the sector, saw Stonegate’s sales rise on average 8.3%, and in the two weeks from 17 December they were up 12%. It also performed well on Boxing Day as punters sank pints while watching festive football. Stonegate also said that it reaped the rewards of an investment in pre-booking facilities, including creating a central call centre hub to handle reservations. Stonegate boss Simon Longbottom said: “Our like for like sales have increased again driven by our multi-format strategy, relentless focus on … [Read more...] about Slug & Lettuce owner toasts bumper December
Updated 1:35 pm PST, Thursday, January 3, 2019 People walk through a new pedestrian bridge during the Moscone Center expansion opening Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Francisco. Completion of the $550 million expansion was celebrated by city officials, tourism industry leaders and neighborhood stakeholders. Mayor London Breed said that the downtown structure will better meet the needs of tourism even as the city struggles with homelessness. less People walk through a new pedestrian bridge during the Moscone Center expansion opening Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Francisco. Completion of the $550 million expansion was celebrated by city officials, ... more Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Photo: Eric Risberg, AP Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Image 1 of 8 People walk through a new … [Read more...] about San Francisco toasts $550M convention center expansion
PUBLISHED: 13:37 31 December 2018 Daniel Hickey Photo by Becky Rose of the firemen as the resued her house as her toast cught fire. Becky Rose of Sprowston road who managed to lock her self out of her house while taking a photo and then had to call the firebrigade when her toast caught fire. Photo: Becky Rose Copy: For: EEN News EDP pics © 2007 (01603) 772434 Copyright 2006 Burnt toast costs not only vital minutes in the morning rush, new figures can reveal, but also time and money for firefighters. Norwich Castle had to be evacuated after a fire alarm went off. It was found to be a false alarm. Picture: ANTONY KELLYFreedom of information data obtained by the EDP shows that Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service attended 2366 false alarms in 2018, with 289 of those the result of cooking or burnt toast. On-call firefighters who attended the false alarms were paid £311,550.Other causes of the call-outs were smoke detectors activated by midges, dust, … [Read more...] about What do burnt toast and midges have in common?
This Christmas and New Year there will be a record number of toasts made with Italian spumante, or sparkling wines, as they become an "essential” party season purchase around the world, said Italian agricultural association Coldiretti. The value of Italy's sparkling wine exports has jumped by 13 percent this year according to analysis by Coldiretti based on Istat’s export figures. Figures show record sparkling wine sales abroad for 2018, valued at over 1.5 billion. Demand for Italian bubbles is higher than ever before, Coldiretti says, with some 70 percent of the Italy’s sparkling wine production now being exported. Figures show some 500 million bottles were exported this year; the country produced about 700 million bottles in total. More Italian sparkling wine is now sold abroad than French champagne, the figures say; though with prices on average significantly higher, champagne still comes out way ahead in export value. Photo: Vincenzo … [Read more...] about Italian producers toast record prosecco sales worldwide