Jobs for Grimsby

Hundreds of new jobs are set to be created in Grimsby as planning permission has been granted for a fish processing plant.

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Jobs boost for Grimsby

Supermarket chain Morrisons is to create around 200 jobs in Grimsby by starting its own seafood processing plant.

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Morrisons: 'Pressure on consumer spending' responsible for poor results

The sustained pressure on consumer spending was reflected in our like-for-like sales performance, which was not as good as it should have been. We have implemented a range of measures to address this and are making good progress in improving our promotional effectiveness and in communicating our points of difference.

Recent events have underlined why it's so important that we tell our customers how and why we're different and what our vertical integration really means for them. Food quality, provenance and the issue of trust are at the forefront of consumers' minds and these are all areas where Morrisons has something genuinely different to offer.

– Dalton Philips, Morrisons Chief Executive
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Morrisons - a solution in sight?

by - Former Business Editor

Morrisons has just announced another set of results with another drop in sales. They have fallen behind competitors without convenience stores like Tesco Express of Sainsburys Local. And they have not moved into online shopping in a significant way.

Can Morrisons turn things around?
Can Morrisons turn things around? Credit: Joe Giddens/PA

This morning though they have revealed what many expected - they are in talks with Ocado, who have problems of their own, to use their operations. And they have recently bought some empty high street sites from Jessops and HMV to develop more 'M-Locals'.

Will this be enough to turn things around? It is customers around the country who will decide. We will be talking to the boss this morning.

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Morrisons deal will not prevent Blockbuster job cuts

The deal by Morrisons to buy 49 Blockbuster stores and rebrand them as Morrisons M local convenience stores will not prevent any of the job cuts already announced by the DVD chain's administrators Deloitte even though the supermarket plans to reopen them by the summer.

The stores which have been bought are among 164 earmarked for closure by Deloitte last week, threatening around 800 jobs and following 168 shop closures and 760 job cuts that had already been announced.

Blockbuster, which had 528 stores and employed 4190 staff, collapsed into administration last month after struggling to adapt to the changing market and rivalry from internet retailers including Netflix, Amazon's LoveFilm and iTunes which now offers a movie rental service.

Morrisons: We want to take advantage of growing convenience market

The head of Morrisons' convenience store operation says the Bradford-based chain is hoping to take advantage of a growing demand for smaller high-street supermarkets. Gordon Mowat's comments follow the announcement that the chain has bought 49 former Blockbuster stores which will be rebranded.

We are rolling out the Morrisons M local estate at pace this year and these acquisitions give us a kickstart in securing a solid foothold in this key sector. The convenience market is growing as more people shop locally and we want to be in a position to take advantage of this.

– Gordon Mowat, managing director or Morrisons Convenience

Morrisons hopes to have at least 70 convenience stores by the end of 2013 and is also expected to announce moves towards a full-scale online food delivery service alongside its annual results in March.

The chain reported a 2.5% decline in like-for-like sales in the last six weeks of 2012, following a 2.1% decline the previous quarter.

Morrisons buys 49 former Blockbuster stores

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Morrisons supermarket Credit: PA

Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons has bought 49 stores from the failed DVD and games rental chain Blockbuster to expand its convenience store business. The shops will be rebranded as Morrisons M local and could be open by the end of the year.

Morrisons says it hopes to create around 1000 jobs when it reopens the new shops which will be mainly in London and the South East. The announcement follows the supermarket's recent acquisition of seven former Jessops stores.

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Sales at Morrisons drop

Sales at Bradford-based supermarket Morrisons sales fell 1.1% over the last three months - leaving it trailing its High Street rivals such as Leeds-based Asda which saw sales increase by 2.7% over the same period.

Morrisons is now hoping to boost their coffers with Christmas sales by emphasising value for money.

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