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Season's greetings!
Holiday sales were strong in the US, but not in Latin America, where Brazil reports the worst Christmas sales in 10 years. Over in India, Paytm and Snapdeal are thinking ahead with big investments and in Europe, new stores are in the planning in Italy and Portugal. Enjoy the read as the year winds down and get inspired by some predictions for 2016.

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asia & Australia
Diageo builds in Indonesia   The British beverage giant plans to set up a manufacturing plant in Bali to produce Guinness Zero, the alcohol-free version of the famous stout. The move follows the regulation introduced by the Indonesian government earlier in the year that bans the sale of alcohol beverages in mini-markets and small shops. ▪
Great expectations in India   E-commerce major Snapdeal will spend more on logistics and technology to compete better with Flipkart and Amazon's Indian unit according to its co-founder +++ Mobile payments and commerce firm Paytm expects customers to add about US$ 500 million in their wallets in 2016. ▪
Dairy deal Down Under   Milk producer Australian Dairy Farms will pay A$ 11 million in cash to acquire Victoria-based Camperdown Dairy Company from Aussie Farmers Direct. Camperdown supplies milk to Woolworths and holds a certification for clearance of fresh milk into China. ▪
europe 
Italian expansions   With its new partner Asta, Milan-based retail group VéGé is expanding its presence in the northern Italian region of Lombardy from January 2016. The group is also growing its operations in southern Italy by acquiring 10 stores in Reggio Calabria, which will trade under the Sigis banner. ▪
Pingo grows with BP   The Lisbon-headquarted company, one of the largest supermarket operators in Portugal, has opened its second convenience store at a petrol station. The new store is part of the Pingo Doce & Go network, launched in March this year in partnership with oil company BP. ▪
usa & Canada
P&G gets thumbs down   Multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble gets smaller while restructuring and has eliminated a sixth of its Olay products (paywall). The Cincinnati, Ohio-based company was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating on Monday. ▪
Amazon sets new records   The online behemoth says it shipped a record number of items worldwide for the holidays, with Christmas Eve the biggest day ever for deliveries using the company's Prime Now service. Amazon also revealed that nearly 70% of its customers used a mobile device for shopping. ▪
Supporting small businesses   Office supply giant Staples is turning to Twitter to provide assistance for its small business customers +++ Peer-to-peer e-commerce website Etsy reckons Amazon Handmade, the newly introduced marketplace for handcrafted goods, is not the killer it was made out to be. ▪
Reviews & Previews
Holiday surprises   Strong online sales and demand for furniture and women’s apparel helped US retail sales grow by 7.9% this holiday season, according to Mastercard. Over in Brazil, the Brazilian Association of Shopping Mall Store Owners says that the decline in Christmas sales in 2015 is likely to be the worst in ten years. ▪
Grocery goes high tech   Ordering groceries online has been growing steadily for a few years, but will surge in 2016 according to GroceryStories.com. The entire food industry adapts to changing habits, especially independent supermarkets. ▪
Trendsetter Whole Foods   Supermarket News spoke to Errol Schweizer, Whole Foods' executive global grocery coordinator, about product trends. The supermarket chain, which has just agreed to pay US$ 500,000 to settle claims of overcharging in New York, also shared its food predictions for 2016 ▪

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