The gifting market in the UK is dominated by a major supermarket chain and an e-tail giant, but department stores remain key gifting destinations while other supermarkets also have a major opportunity to make it big.
Britain's competition regulator will publish its final report on supermarket group Sainsbury's takeover of Walmart-owned rival Asda on Thursday, with most analysts seeing little chance of the deal proceeding.
Sainsbury's and Asda said they were willing to sell 125-150 stores to get their proposed merger past the regulator - a number well short of what the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said it is looking for.
Garment factory workers in Bangladesh filed a record number of complaints about safety - 662 - last year, showing that a mechanism set up by European fashion brands to improve working conditions was proving effective.
France’s Carrefour raised its savings goal and said it would step up plans to downsize its hypermarket stores, as Europe’s largest retailer delivered cost cuts of 1.05 billion euros in 2018 and a higher free cash flow.
Sainsbury's planned £7.3 billion takeover of Walmart's Asda can only be salvaged if Britain's competition regulator fundamentally changes its analysis of Britain's grocery market, experts said on Thursday.