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Tesco records surge in post-Christmas sales

Tesco records surge in post-Christmas sales
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UK retailer Tesco has seen a large bump in sales since Christmas, but costs associated with the pandemic continue to soar, as restrictions are strengthened. The cost of dealing with the pandemic are projected to total £810 million this year, which is 10% higher than its earlier prediction, due to the spiralling cases across the country.

For the 19 weeks to January 9, Tesco’s UK sales increased by 7.6% y-o-y to £14.7 billion. For the final six weeks of the period, which included the peak Christmas trading season, there was 8.4% y-o-y growth. In all of its markets, Tesco reported 7% sales growth to just under £20 billion during the 19-week period, with online sales up by over 80% in that period, as more than seven million Christmas orders were delivered.

Chief executive Ken Murphy said: “Our focus on looking after our customers, including delivering record availability, robust safety measures and great value, has enabled us to maintain strong momentum through the Christmas period, outperforming the market every week. We delivered a record Christmas across all of our formats and channels. We’re in great shape to keep delivering in 2021 and beyond.”

 

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La Unión supports Almeria businesses this Christmas

La Unión supports Almeria businesses this Christmas

 

Instead of having a Christmas dinner this year with its employees, La Unión Corp. is going to purchase 1,500 Christmas hampers containing 100% Almeria products to help reactivate the economy and suppliers in the province. Several large multinational companies have also chosen to support local suppliers through local campaigns aimed at developing a circular economy in these trying times.

In a press release, Jesús Barranco, CEO of La Unión Corp., said: “Unfortunately, the current situation is complicated for many sectors. For this reason, we, at La Unión, want to remain close to our employees and our community. This year, we want more than ever to support the Almeria economy. We hope that with this acquisition of products we will contribute our grain of sand so that the industry of the province can continue to maintain jobs, employment and carry out its activity. Unity is strength and we must all support each other.”

 

 

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Sant’Orsola celebrates Christmas with a virtual Advent Calendar

Sant’Orsola celebrates Christmas with a virtual Advent Calendar © Sant’Orsola
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Sant’Orsola celebrates Christmas with recipes for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and red currant delicacies until Christmas Eve in a virtual Advent Calendar, and there will also be a big surprise for the New Year’s Eve. But not just recipes. On each day of the calendar you will be able to discover useful tips, games, music and sports activities, all in the Christmas theme. To enter the magical Christmas world of the small fruits of Sant’Orsola, just click with the smartphone on the QR code placed on each 125 grams pack and immediately, as if by magic, the Advent Calendar appears, day after day, until Thursday 24th of December, all to be discovered. Every day a click on the dedicated box and a recipe appears, simple and practical, conceived by the chef and designed by the Sant’Orsola food stylist. A click on the second box and games for the youngest appear, and so on, always discovering new surprises. For those who love to decorate the house and the Xmas tree, choose the suitable colours and what is needed for the preparation of the Christmas lunch or the composition of special greeting cards, the Sant’Orsola Advent calendar is full of advice. And there is no shortage of articles in a dedicated blog, while the little ones find games fun and easy. A list of themed music allows a wide freedom of choice, the sounds are caressing and festive. And those who feel weighed down by the delicacies of Advent and Christmas, can burn off superfluous calories by practicing the sports activities recommended in special dedicated tables.