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The Week that Was: FMCG & Retail (18/01/19)

18th January 2019

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Primark defies wider retail gloom with strong Christmas

UK fast-fashion retailer Primark was buoyed by strong trading over the holiday season, defying the general gloom in the sector to post record sales. Primark’s owner Associated British Foods reported on Thursday that UK sales at the retailer had “exceeded our expectations” over the Christmas period, bucking the trend of disappointing results reported by many competitors.

Gillette #MeToo razors ad on ‘toxic masculinity’ gets praise – and abuse

Gillette has been bombarded with both praise and abuse after launching an advertising campaign promoting a new kind of positive masculinity. Engaging with the #MeToo movement, the company’s new advertising campaign plays on its 30-year tagline “The best a man can get”, replacing it with “The best men can be”.

M&S Trials Paper Bags for Veg and a Good Old Greengrocer

M&S is throwing one of its branches back to the pre-shrinkwrap days of the 1970s, trialling a massively reduced plastic store that empowers people to put their own vegetables into paper bags — and even has a “greengrocer” on hand to playfully bounce an apple on his arm and call all the old ladies “love.”

Netflix announces price increase

Netflix has been giving its customers more and more original content with each passing year. But these productions do not come cheap. With the increasing number of Netflix Originals, the streaming service has just announced that it will be increasing its prices. It’s the largest price increase the company has implemented since it started streaming content.

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