German discounter Lidl announces plans to create jobs in Ireland, Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba finds favour with an American judge, and after four years, Target finally returns Amazon products to its shelves. While in Germany, grocer Edeka fights the blockage of its merger with competitor Kaiser's Tengelmann. All these stories feature in today’s RetailUpdate. Have a great day, and if you enjoy this edition, please share.
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Judge rules for Alibaba Part of a lawsuit filed by several luxury brands, including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, accusing the e-commerce behemoth of promoting the sale of counterfeit goods has been dismissed by a US judge because the facts couldn't sustain the claims.
Sainsbury's sets tongues wagging The UK supermarket chain is trialling an ‘Electronic Tongue’ — a machine that can test up to nine types of pet food to ensure that flavours, such as saltiness and sweetness, meet required standards.
High street interest in BHS While the majority of the failed high street retailer’s stores will be repossessed by landlords, it has been reported that major retailers, including H&M, Next and Zara, are in discussions to acquire some of the stores.
Nike quits golf gear The US multinational has announced it will phase out its business in golf equipment, such as clubs, balls and bags, in order to focus on golf footwear and apparel. Nike says they will still continue to partner with the world’s best golfers.
Turkish retail post-coup Since the failed coup d'état in July, Turkey is on edge. German Retail Blog investigates how the upheaval has affected retail in the country and finds out that leading grocer BIM believes that retailers still have strong growth prospects in what has been a dynamic threshold economy.