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Daily food and consumer goods headlines

A round-up of today's news headlines about the food and consumer goods industry from UK newspapers. For more news and analysis on the major stories visit IGD Retail Analysis.

Today’s main food and consumer goods retail stories

Friday 17 February

Argos is to pay around 37,500 workers an average of £64 in back payments, following the HM Revenue & Customs discovering they had been underpaid

Full story: The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Mirror  

Shares at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company rose 4 per cent following operating profits increasing by 9.4 per cent last year

Full story: The Times, Daily Mail

Mark Schneider, Nestle Chief Executive, has said he is hoping the business will achieve a “mid-single digit growth” by 2020 following lower than expected growth last year

Full story: Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail

The Competition and Markets Authority has opened an investigation into Heineken’s proposed acquisition of 1,900 Punch Tavern pubs

Full story: Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Express

Morrisons has pledged to recruit 200 extra British food suppliers

Full story: The Guardian, The Sun  

British households now spend more money on dining out than on alcohol and cigarettes, figures from the ONS show

Full story: Financial Times, The Times, The Guardian, Daily Mail, The Sun, Daily Express  

New business rates could cause one in three independent shops to close down, Mark Field Conservative MP for the Cities of London and Westminster has warned…

Full story: The Daily Telegraph  

…Three out of four small businesses see the increase in business rates as their biggest concern, a survey by the Federation of Small Business has found…

Full story: The Guardian, Daily Mail  

…13 business groups have united to warn that small businesses could be blocked from appealing against the rise in business rates…

Full story: Daily Mail  

…MPs have called on Theresa May to divert some of the foreign aid budget to provide relief for suffering businesses in Britain

Full story: Daily Mail  

Article on The Co-operative Bank’s ethical commitments

Full story: Financial Times  

Families with two cars are spending nearly £40 more a month on petrol than they were a year ago, according to the AA

Full story: The Guardian  

Asda is to start selling progrigio, a mix of prosecco and pinot grigio

Full story: Daily Mail, The Sun

Aldi is to fit safety harnesses on the child seats of its trolleys by April

Full story: Daily Mirror

Feature article on foods and supplements to eat to increase vitamin intake

Full story: Daily Mirror    

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