The RN team’s end of week news wrap

Nutella & Go a huge hit with customers

Independent retailers have reported hugely successful sales of Ferrero’s new Nutella & Go snack. The product has so far delivered nearly £700,000 in sales since its launch in August. One retailer had sold 71 cases in five-and-a-half weeks, while others were not able to get enough stock in.

Retailers are as sensitive to pricing as customers

Landmark Wholesale managing director Martin Williams told us that keeping prices down by 30p on a sleeve of 200 cigarettes was growing sales through the company’s depots – up 12% in the last year. In a crucial category where every penny counts, retailers will seemingly stop at nothing to maximise margins.

Fight against illicit tobacco gathers pace

Not only is HMRC stepping up its campaign against illicit tobacco with a series of raids, Marlboro maker Philip Morris has launched an educational campaign in Manchester aimed at helping indies fight back against bootleggers.

Dennis Publishing to launch new cycling title

Following the success of Cyclist magazine, the publisher is introducing a new monthly title aimed at the road cycling sector. Bike Etc will launch at the end of October with a cover price of £4.75 and a print run of 40,000 copies.

Batteries can provide solid profit for independents

Retailers can earn more than 50% margin on batteries, with 88% of the market accounted for by AAs and AAAs. A massive 32% of battery sales come through in the 12 weeks before Christmas.

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