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Waitrose reports boom in gin sales, as craft and artisan styles increase

Published:  01 June, 2015

Waitrose has seen a surge of gin sales, up 7% on the same time last year, boosted by the growing interest in new styles.

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Consumer confidence in the UK hits a 9 year high, according to Nielsen

Published:  01 June, 2015

UK consumer confidence, which rose for the fifth consecutive quarter, hit the highest level in nine years according to Nielsen's most recent figures.

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Romanian wine supplier predicts rise of indigenous grapes following supermaket boost

Published:  27 May, 2015

A Romanian wine supplier that has increased UK exports tenfold in the past five years predicts a golden dawn for the country's wines after gaining listings for premium lines made with indigenous grapes.

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Sainsbury's works with new research centre to develop lower alcohol wines consumers want to drink

Published:  22 May, 2015

Sainsbury's has teamed up with the University of Adelaide to part-fund wine research at a new wine innovation centre in Australia that will look at developing lower alcohol wines.

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Retail sales have 25 consecutive month of year-on-year growth

Published:  21 May, 2015

Retail sales have sustained 25 consecutive months of year-on-year growth with sales for April increasing an estimated 4.7% compared to April 2014.

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M&S profits rise for the first time in four years, up 6.1%

Published:  20 May, 2015

Marks & Spencer appears to be on the road to recovery after reporting underlying profits before tax up 6.1% to £661.2m for the full year.

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Online wine sales set to grow to 15% within three years

Published:  19 May, 2015

Online wine sales are set to increase to around 15% by 2018, according to new data from the Wilson Drinks Report.

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Naked Wines Australian head appointed chief executive of UK and US businesses

Published:  14 May, 2015

Naked Wines has appointed the chief executive of its Australian business, Luke Jecks to head up its UK and US businesses.

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Consumers win as supermarket wines awarded nearly 500 medals at IWC 2015

Published:  13 May, 2015

Consumers are the real winners this year, with almost 500 medals from the 2015 International Wine Challenge being awarded to supermarkets' own-brand and exclusive wines.

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Morrisons revamps French wine range and Malbec

Published:  13 May, 2015

Morrisons has revamped its range of French wines and boosted its offering of Malbec, focussing on areas that where it says it has historically under-traded. 

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Asda cuts wine range by 8% but adds new range of lesser known varietals among 200 new lines

Published:  13 May, 2015

Asda has overhauled its entire wine range, cutting its total range by around 8% in order to rationalise the offer and accommodate more than 200 new products.

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Breaking News: Elizabeth Newman to replace Andy Phelps as head of BWS at Sainsbury's

Published:  13 May, 2015

Sainsbury's has announced Elizabeth Newman will replace Andy Phelps as its head of BWS, according to Harpers' sister magazine Off Licence News

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WSTA members angered by lack of support and other "freeloading" businesses in the trade

Published:  13 May, 2015

The WSTA has called for more drinks businesses to take up membership and support the trade organisation as some members that have been contributing to the body feel that other business in the trade are "freeloading."

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Convivality Retail reports "solid year" as revenues rise on back of investments

Published:  11 May, 2015

Conviviality Retail, the owners of Wine Rack and Bargain Booze, said it was on track for a 'solid' year following investment and expansion of the business.

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Naked Wines eyes up growth following its partnership with Majestic

Published:  11 May, 2015

Naked Wine's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk to Harpers about the future of the new Naked Wines following its acquistion by Majestic.

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Interview: Majestic's new boss Rowan Gormley and Naked's Eamon FitzGerald on the company's new era

Published:  11 May, 2015

Majestic's new chief executive Rowan Gormley and Naked's managing director Eamon FitzGerald talk about the future of the new company.

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Bottle Apostle set to open fourth shop in London

Published:  07 May, 2015

Independent London wine merchant Bottle Apostle is set to open its fourth shop, which will be sited in the former London 2012 Olympic Athlete's village.

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Morrisons continues to face challenges as sales slump 1.1% in Q1

Published:  07 May, 2015

Morrisons reported like-for-like sales down 2.9% in the first quarter of the financial year today with total sales (excluding fuel) down 1.1%.

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Sainsbury's posts first loss in ten years

Published:  06 May, 2015

Sainsbury's has posted the first loss in more than ten years, but analysts agree the annual results are better than expectations.

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Kantar: £532m lost from supermarket revenue pool in just three months

Published:  06 May, 2015

Kantar Worldpanel released it most recent UK retail figures today showing that "a massive £532m has been taken out of the supermarket revenue pool in just three months" according to Fraser McKevitt, the head of retail and consumer insights at Kantar.

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