Day: January 7, 2019

UK: Morrissons to Slash Prices For Hundreds Of Store Items

Retail giant Morrisons has announced it is slashing the price of more than 900 products, as a week of retail trading updates is expected to show that Aldi and Lidl’s low prices helped the two German chains win the Christmas battle among supermarkets.

City trading updates this week from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, along with reports by big retail analysts, are expected to indicate that Aldi and Lidl continued to grab an even bigger market share.

On Monday, Bradford based Morrisons said it would continue to defend its market share by cutting an average 20% off “store cupboard favourites” such as tinned tomatoes, cereal, sandwich fillers, ready meals and multivitamins.

Andy Atkinson, its marketing director, said: “We’re listening to customers who are telling us that their budgets will be stretched in January, so we are cutting every penny we can on the essentials that will help them feed their families.”

Aldi said it would look at the price changes, but said it was confident that its stores “would still be cheaper to shop in”.

“We see this every January, and Morrisons is unlikely to be the last one to cut some specially chosen prices,” a spokesman said.

Retail observers will be keen to know whether Morrisons and the other traditional supermarkets have been able to hold on to customers in the face of huge pressure from their German rivals.

Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco will reveal Christmas results on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

It is predicted that Morrisons will post a 0.5% rise in retail sales, Sainsbury’s flat sales or a small fall, while Tesco could surprise the market with a 1.5% Christmas sales increase.

Reports at the weekend suggesed Waitrose may have fared worst. Sainsbury’s could have also seen sales fall again. Over Christmas 2017, sales at Waitrose fell about 1.4%, while Sainsbury’s had a 0.4% fall.

Both were reported against a the backdrop of a 3.8% increase in overall food sales.

Team Of Researchers Granted WHO Funding To Research Improved Prevention And Treatment Of Malaria In Pregnant Women In Nigeria

A team of  researchers have received a substantial World Health Organisation (WHO) research grant funding to conduct implementation research and training work to improve the prevention and treatment of Malaria in Pregnancy in Nigeria.

Led by Professor Dilly Anumba, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Sheffield, United kingdom, the team will be working with researchers at the Babcock University and Teaching Hospital, Ogun State Nigeria, and “rippling out” to the University of Benin and Teaching Hospital, Benin City Nigeria and the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

The WHO estimates that 216 million cases of malaria occurred in 2016, 90% in Africa, with 445,000 deaths. Malaria contributes to ~16% of premature births, miscarriage and stillbirth, and up to 11% of maternal deaths in affected areas. There are more deaths from Malaria in Nigeria than in any other country in the world, with over 100 million cases and more than 300,000 deaths annually.

According to Professor Anumba, “Our work will enable needed focus on the vulnerable populations of pregnant women and their unborn and born children, key strategies towards the eventual elimination of malaria from sub-Sahara Africa”

Professor Anumba is an expert Clinical Academic in Women’s Healthcare, with Teaching, Training and Research portfolios. This he combines with being a Medicolegal Expert Witness RCOG Training Programme Supervisor, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Sheffield TeachingHospitals.

The University of Benin Teaching Hospital graduate is also Postgraduate Lead, Academic Board of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, United Kingdom.

In 2017, the prof was part of a team of Doctors and scientists from Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield that used pioneering technology to develop and test new device that could predict onset of premature labour. The project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Medical Research Council (MRC).