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Morrisons sells off its Local convenience shops

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Troubled grocer Morrisons is selling its M Local convenience shops so it can concentrate on its supermarkets.

It said it will sell 140 M local stores for around £25 million in cash to retail entrepreneur Mike Greene.

Mr Greene said the chain will be rebranded My Local, and he plans to keep all of its 2,300 staff. He added the new management plans to create 200 further jobs by opening 10 more stores.

Morrisons reports £792m losses amid 'tough' environment

Morrisons sacked its chief executive in January following poor results. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Supermarket chain Morrisons has announced pre-tax losses of £792 million for the year to February 2015.

The result compares to a 2013/14 loss of £176 million, the company said in its preliminary results.

Underlying profit before tax was also down 52% on the previous year to £345 million.

Chairman Andrew Higginson said: “Last year’s trading environment was tough, and we don’t expect any change this year.

"However, Morrisons is a strong, distinctive business – we own most of our supermarkets, have strong cash flow, and are famous with customers for great quality fresh food at low prices. This gives us a good platform."

The company will have a new chief executive as of next week, with former Tesco executive David Potts taking over after previous incumbent Dalton Phillips was sacked.


Morrisons CEO Dalton Philips to step down

Outgoing Morrisons CEO Dalton Philips Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Morrisons has announced that its CEO Dalton Philips is to leave the firm after five years in the job.

It said Philips has agreed to continue in his role until the year-end results in March to ensure a smooth transition.

Andrew Higginson, who is due to become chairman on 22nd January, said the company's board believed the push to return the business to growth was "best done under new leadership".

Morrisons to take on Aldi and Lidl in price war

Morrisons has become the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge a price match guarantee against discounters Aldi and Lidl in the latest episode of the ferocious price war.

Morrisons has become the first of the big four supermarkets to pledge a price match guarantee against discounters Aldi and Lidl. Credit: PA/PA Wire

The supermarket will launch a new loyalty card which will see customers given additional points if their comparable shop would have been cheaper elsewhere.

It is part of a previously-announced plan to invest £1 billion in price cuts over three years as chief executive Dalton Philips battles sliding sales and plunging profits.

Morrisons 'getting back on front foot' despite profit hit

Morrisons has said its financial position remains strong despite a sharp fall in its latest half-year profits.

The supermarket confirmed it would increase its interim dividend payment by 5%, with the company's chief executive bullish about the future:

Although it is too early to see the benefits of the three-year plan in the sales line, Morrisons is getting back on the front foot, and implementing change and innovation at real pace throughout the business.

– Chief executive Dalton Philips
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