Estados Unidos; Inesperada noticia económica (Abasto Online)

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El crecimiento económico estadounidense tuvo un crecimiento espectacular durante el segundo trimestre de 2014, el cual estuvo por encima de todas las estimaciones realizadas por los analistas.

El Producto Interno Bruto (PIB) de Estados Unidos creció más de lo esperado, a un ritmo anual de 4% en el segundo trimestre, según lo dio a conocer el Departamento de Comercio.

Se trata de la mayor expansión económica desde el tercer trimestre de 2013, después de que la actividad se contrajo un 2,1% entre enero y marzo.

Este dato es relevante teniendo en cuenta que los analistas esperaban que la economía creciera a una tasa del 3% durante el segundo trimestre.

De acuerdo con el reporte, el gasto del consumidor creció un 2,5% durante el mismo periodo, mientras que el gasto empresarial subió 14%.

A pesar de esta mejora, se reportó un incremento en el índice de precios en general, con un alza de 1,9%, en contraste con el 1,4% del primer trimestre, y se espera que el crecimiento global este año sea sólo de 1,6%.

Por otro lado, las empresas de Estados Unidos crearon 218.000 puestos de trabajo durante el pasado mes de julio en comparación los 281.00 creados en junio, según un informe elaborado por la consultora privada ADP.

El presidente Barack Obama aprovechó el buen dato de crecimiento del PIB del segundo trimestre para señalar que las políticas económicas impulsadas por su administración “están comenzando a dar resultados”.

Valoró los progresos en materia económica, especialmente en lo que se refiere a la paulatina reducción de la tasa de desempleo, que cerró junio en el 6,1 %, la cifra más baja desde 2008.

“Los negocios están invirtiendo, los trabajadores construyen nuevas casas, los consumidores gastan. Estados Unidos está exportando bienes por todo el mundo, así que las decisiones que tomamos para rescatar la economía están empezando a dar resultados”, indicó el presidente.

No obstante, reiteró que los desafíos aún persisten en un EU donde la desigualdad económica ha aumentado y las oportunidades se están reduciendo.

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United States; Unexpected economic news (Abasto)

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U.S. economic growth had a spectacular growth in the second quarter of 2014, which were far above all the estimates made by many analysts.

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States grew more than expected, at an annual rate of 4% in the second quarter, as it was announced by the Department of Commerce.

This is the largest economic expansion since the third quarter of 2013, after all activity shrank by 2.1% between January and March.

This is a very important fact considering that analysts expected the economy to grow at a rate of 3% during the second quarter.

According to the report, consumer spending grew 2.5% during the same period, while business spending rose 14%.

Despite this improvement, an increase in the general price index of 1.9%, compared with 1.4% in the first quarter, and it is expected that global growth this year will be only 1.6%.

On the other hand, U.S. companies created 218,000 jobs during the month of July compared the 281.00 set in June, according to a report by ADP private consultant.

President Barack Obama took advantage of the data from the GDP growth for the second quarter and stated that the economic policies promoted by his administration “are beginning to yield results”

He also assessed the progress in different economic matters, particularly in regards to the gradual reduction in the unemployment rate, which closed June at 6.1%, the lowest figure since 2008.

“Businesses are investing, workers build new homes, and consumers spend. The U.S. is exporting goods worldwide, so the decisions we make to rescue the economy are starting to pay off,” said the President.

However, President Barack Obama restated that the challenges still persist in the U.S where economic inequality has increased and the opportunities are shrinking.

España; supermercados y autoservicios ganan cuota de mercado a hipermercados y tiendas tradicionales.

supermercado-114172231El volumen de ventas alcanza 43% frente al 18% de la tienda tradicional, el 15% de las tiendas descuentos y el 14 de los hipermercado.

El 43,2% del volumen de compra de alimentos adquiridos por los hogares españoles en 2013 se llevó a cabo en supermercados y autoservicios; que se sitúan por encima de la tienda tradicional (18% de cuota), las tiendas de descuento (15,2%) y los hipermercados (14,2%).

 Así lo recoge el informe anual de indicadores (año 2013) sobre agricultura, y alimentación elaborado por el Ministerio.

 Respecto al 2012, los supermercados y autoservicios aumentaron su cuota de mercado en un 2,3%, y la tienda de descuento un 1,1%, en detrimento de la tienda tradicional, que experimentó un descenso de cuota del 1,2% y de los hipermercados (-1,3%).

 En productos frescos, las tiendas tradicionales son las preferidas en 2013 por los hogares españoles para adquirir este tipo de alimentos, con un 38% del volumen total.

 A continuación se sitúan los supermercados y autoservicios, con un 31,6% de cuota.

 Sin embargo, la cuota de mercado de los hipermercados y la tienda tradicional para la adquisición de productos frescos ha descendido un 1,7% y un 0,6%, respectivamente, en 2013 respecto a 2012, mientras que las tiendas descuento han ganado un 3,1% de cuota.

Breaking News; Dollar Tree agrees to acquire Family Dollar.

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Family Dollar Stores has agreed to be acquired by Dollar Tree for $74.50 per share, a 22.8% premium over Family Dollar’s closing price on Friday, both companies announced today.

The combined company will operates more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces, with sales exceeding $18 billion.

Dollar Tree, Chesapeake, Va., operates 5,080 stores in mostly suburban locations in 48 states and five Canadian provinces, with fixed price points of $1 or less; Family Dollar, Matthews, N.C., operates approximately 9,200 stores in urban and rural areas in 46 states aimed at low- and middle-income shoppers in urban and rural locations.

Dollar Tree said it will retain and grow each brand. It also said it expects to achieve an estimated $300 million in annual synergies within three years after the deal closes, including significant efficiencies in sourcing and procurement, SG&A leverage, distribution and logistics efficiency and format optimization.

It will also allow Dollar Tree to be better positioned to invest in new and existing markets, the company said.

The definitive agreement has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both companies and is expected to close by early 2015, with Family Dollar shareholders receiving $59.60 per share in cash and the equivalent of $14.90 in Dollar Tree shares.

TargetExpress; Target opens smallest store ever.

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Target Corp. was scheduled to open its smallest store ever today near the University of Minnesota campus.

The 20,000-square-foot TargetExpress will carry about one-fifth the amount of merchandise a regular Target does, including dry groceries, produce, meat, deli, bakery and frozen items, with a large selection of grab-and-go foods; HBC items and a pharmacy; school supplies, home decor and a small electronics section.

The store also features a new checkout lane configuration geared to high traffic and smaller basket sizes.

“We’ll carefully evaluate this new format to determine plans for future growth,” the company said last January, when it announced plans to open the store.

It also said in January the smaller box would be “an exciting opportunity to test and learn as we continue exploring new ways to meet our guests’ needs. Our focus is on ensuring the Target shopping experience is available when, where and how guests want it.”

The store is located near Target’s headquarters in Minneapolis, on the ground floor of an apartment complex. Other retail space at ground level is so far unoccupied, according to published reports. Approximately 85% of the store staff is reportedly made up of college students.

USA Regional Report: ‘Emotional turnaround’ at Acme

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Acme isn’t all the way back, Jim Perkins says. But it’s come a long way in only a year.

The president of Acme is relying on old-fashioned supermarketing and a resourceful battle plan to restore some luster to the tarnished Philadelphia icon. Acme is the oldest name in the Philadelphia market — and at one time was its unquestioned leader — but a combination of disinvestment, and an inability to stay competitive on price amid a wave of new choices, had some observers wondering if the brand would even survive. According to Perkins, when the Cerberus/Albertsons group acquired Acme last year as part of the Supervalu breakup, it had turned negative same-store sales in 27 of its last 28 quarters.

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Today, Perkins said, sales are heading back up for the first time in seven years, as shoppers and employees alike are taking part in “an emotional turnaround.” It began with a round of 5,000 everyday price reductions on basics implemented about a year ago — followed with a second round of reductions this spring. This has been combined with an effort to clean and remerchandise stores; a weekly ad Perkins calls the best-written in the market; and local marketing and promotions that have returned favored products to shelves, and boosted sagging employee morale. Though he declined to cite specific sales figures, Perkins said Nielsen data indicated units are trending up more than 10% and identical-store sales are up by more  than 7%.

“People at Acme are ecstatic,” Perkins said. “They were like, ‘Look. If you fix your prices, we’ll come back to you. But we can’t pay gold for silver. You’ve got to give us a fair price. If you can do just that, we’ll come back.’ But when you layer on cleaning up the stores and better merchandising, that makes a real difference.”

While Perkins is quick to credit workers and staff, he’s been an enthusiastic champion of Acme’s turnaround. He began his grocery career as an Albertsons bagger at age 19 and stayed with that organization as it grew, eventually running districts in California and Florida. When Albertsons broke up in 2006, he stayed with acquirer Cerberus to run units in Oklahoma and Dallas, then was briefly in the employ of Ahold’s Giant-Landover chain when Cerberus took out Supervalu. That deal helped reunite old Albertsons/American Stores banners — and many of its people.

“When [COO] Justin [Dye] called me and asked if I could come back and run Acme, I was back in five minutes,” Perkins said. “It wasn’t that I didn’t like Giant, but I’d been with these guys a long time. I liked their model and what they do, and they believed in me.”

España; nuevo operador de retail “low cost”, DEALZ llega a la Costa del Sol

dealz--575x323La compañía ha invertido 500.000 euros en su establecimiento en la Nogalera, donde ha creado 40 puestos de trabajo.

La cadena minorista británica Poundland, bajo su marca Dealz, ha inaugurado esta mañana en la plaza de la Nogalera de Torremolinos su primera tienda en España. Con una inversión superior a 500.000 euros, la apertura de este establecimiento supone la creación de cuarenta puestos de trabajo y el aterrizaje en nuestro país de la firma inglesa, uno de los grupos minoristas de descuento más importante de Europa.

La tienda torremolinense ofrece productos de alimentación, droguería, entretenimiento, hogar, papelería, salud y belleza o ropa a precios mayoritarios de un euro o un euro y medio. La tienda, situada en el local que antes ocupaba Zara, es el primero de los diez centros que Poundland prevé abrir en España en los dos próximos años.

A la inauguración han acudido el alcalde de la localidad, Pedro Fernández Montes; el director de la tienda, Daniel García Losada; el director general de Dealz en España, Álvaro Villamizar, y miembros de la corporación municipal. “Estamos orgullosos de crear puestos de trabajo en Torremolinos para personas de todas las edades y formaciones”, ha asegurado Villamizar.

Dealz, que ofrece cerca de 3.000 artículos a bajo precio, algunos de ellos de proveedores locales, abrió su primera tienda en 2011 en Irlanda. Desde su creación, la marca británica se ha expandido por toda Europa bajo un modelo de negocio basado en ofertas y promociones que rara vez superan los dos euros.

New Jersey’s first PriceRite celebrates grand opening.

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Inserra PriceRite marked the official grand opening of New Jersey’s flagship PriceRite discount grocery store with a ribbon-cutting in Garfield.

Located at 59 Outwater Lane, the store is the first independently owned and operated PriceRite in the state. Inserra PriceRite is a division of Inserra Supermarkets based in Mahwah, N.J.,

Designed to provide customers with close-out pricing on select items, PriceRite offers a narrower variety than traditional supermarkets, offering customers even greater value. Similar stores have been opened in other states by Wakefern Food Corp., the parent company of ShopRite.

Prepared foods are restaurant menu driven

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Supermarkets can implement current restaurant trends to encourage growing consumer interest in prepared foods.

Panelists at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago last month argued that shoppers are increasingly going to supermarkets and convenience stores for quick meals and snacks.

Convenience is a reason consumers are increasingly snubbing restaurants in favor of “grocerants,” said Bill Cross, VP for business development at Broad Street Licensing Group, Montclair, N.J.

However, whether shoppers go to a restaurant or a supermarket, they want meals that are fresh, flavorful and unique. A supermarket deli needs to offer more than fried chicken to attract customers seeking new tastes, industry experts say.

“The things that were once adventurous aren’t anymore. People are more open to experimenting,” said Gregg Frazer, VP of operations and corporate chef for New Orleans-based restaurant chain Voodoo BBQ, at the NRA Show. For example, he said sriracha, once available only in Asian specialty stores, is now found in mainstream supermarkets.

España; los productos frescos son clave, Makro incrementa en un 15% su número de clientes de frescos y congelados

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Makro ha incrementado en un 15% su número de clientes de productos frescos y congelados, gracias a su política de precios bajos, y afirma que las ventas de ciertos productos de pescadería han llegado a aumentar en un 50% y los de carnicería, en un 15%.

Por ello, el distribuidor ha decidido mantener su política de precios bajos de forma fija en frescos y congelados hasta el próximo 31 de agosto.

53 artículos de frutería, pescadería, carnicería y congelados mantendrán su rebaja en los 37 centros que la cadena posee en España.

El distribuidor prorroga la campaña que ha tenido en vigor entre los meses de abril y junio, con el objetivo de impulsar “una de las épocas del año con mayor volumen de negocio en el sector de la hostelería”, según informa en una nota.