Supermarket sales have decreased below £100bn for the first time since 2010 as the price war continues in the UK grocery sector.Food retail revenues dropped by 3% to £99 billion in the second quarter, according to The Share Centre’s Profit Watch UK study, with overall revenues of UK plc slipping 2% to £341.7 billion over the period.The rise of discounters Lidl and Aldi has severely affected market share of supermarket giants Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Asda.Meanwhile, the UK launch of online grocery service AmazonFresh in June looks set to make the grocery sector’s future even tougher.Helal Miah, investment research analyst at The Share Centre, said: “Intense price pressure led to a tough year for UK supermarkets, while companies exposed to UK consumer spending enjoyed a fillip from a ‘burgeoning’ UK economy.”Figures from the British Retail Consortium recently revealed that shoppers have so far shrugged off fears about the UK quitting the EU with spending rising last month.High street retailers have been struggling against falling footfall as more people turn to online shopping.Footfall in July was 0.4pc down on a year ago, although this was an improvement on the 2.8pc drop in June.In June, Kantar Worldpanel revealed that discount retailers achieved record market share while consumers awaited the possible impact of Brexit on grocery prices.
The Tegal administration in Central Java has decided to lock the city down to protect its residents from the coronavirus outbreak, which has reached 27 of the country’s 34 provinces. The measure will be implemented for four months from March 30 to July 31.Tegal Mayor Dedy Yon Supriyono announced on Tuesday evening that the city was in “a state of emergency” following the confirmation of one COVID-19 case.”We need serious efforts [to stop virus transmission],” Dedy said, adding that he would limit access to the city by closing down borders. “We plan for a full lockdown. All borders will be closed for the safety of all.”Read also: No lockdown for Indonesia, Jokowi insistsThe first COVID-19 case in Tegal is a 34-year-old man who recently traveled to Abu Dhabi, and then Jakarta, before returning home by train. He was first admitted to Kardinah Hospital in the city on March 16, just after arriving from Jakarta. Among his symptoms were fever, cough, diarrhea and shortness of breath. His test results came back positive on March 24.Dedy said he had contacted state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia to get information about passengers who were in the same car as the patient. They all should be quarantined and tested, he added.Indonesia had recorded 893 positive COVID-19 cases as of Thursday afternoon, 78 of whom have died. (vny)Topics :
Huggins Awarded for Breakthrough Week March 27, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – For the fourth time this season, a member of the West Florida baseball team was rewarded by the Gulf South Conference. Junior Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala. / Faulkner State CC) was named the GSC Player of the Week following his offensive performance at North Alabama last weekend.Huggins is on an eight game hitting streak. He went 8-for-12 with three doubles, a homerun, two RBI and three runs scored in three games against North Alabama. He posted a .667 batting average and a 1.167 slugging percentage. Huggins has been UWF’s best slugger in six conference games. He is batting .571 (12-for-21).First baseman Bo Williams and pitchers Brett McCullough and Jon Sintes earned GSC accolades earlier this season.West Florida prepares for six games this week, including a three game series beginning Tuesday at 4:00 pm against GSC West school Arkansas Tech in non-conference play. West Florida will host West Georgia in a three game conference series starting on Saturday at 2:00 pmPrint Friendly Version Share