March 23, 2017

Loyalty scheme and click & collect success for Pets at Home

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Pets at Home reported encouraging full-year results this week, with the specialist retailer posting a 2.1% increase in like-for-like sales for the 53 weeks to 31 March 2016. Sales of advanced nutrition ranges grew at a faster pace than the general pet food and accessories categories, with group revenue creeping up from £778 million in 2015 to £793 million in 2016. Its vets and grooming services are also a key revenue driver, with this division of the business up 10% LFL and 29.2% in total thanks to recent acquisitions. Off the back of this performance, statutory profit before tax rose from £87 million to £97.3 million over the 12-month…

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Pets at Home boosts dividend


Pets at Home, the UK’s largest pet store chain, has boosted its dividend after notching up decent sales in Britain in its second year as a listed company. The group, which has more than 400 pet shops in Britain, but also generates revenues from inhouse vet practices and grooming services, said that full-year pro forma revenues climbed 6.7 per cent to £729.1m in the year to 24 March, when excluding an extra week of trading this year. This was fuelled by a more than 10 per cent increase in like-for-like revenues from its services business – and a big contribution…

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PIF reveals a healthy interest in natural pet food


The Pet Industry Federation, PIF, in conjunction with GfK, is delighted to reveal the first annual trends from over a year’s worth of data collected from pet and non-pet speciality stores, which shows that dog food accounts for three quarters of the sales value in a market now worth £0.9 billion. With the assistance of PIF, GfK brought together multi-regional, independent and online pet retailers to give clear insights into the market. Since January 2015, retailers have been contributing their monthly sales data which enables GfK to provide accurate and continuous sales tracking across cat and dog food, including wet and…

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OATA announces new Chief Executive


The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association, OATA, is welcoming Dominic Whitmee to the organisation as its new Chief Executive. Current head Keith Davenport announced his retirement in March after 25 years at the helm. Dominic joins OATA from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) where he was Senior International Biodiversity Policy Adviser. Dominic has worked in the civil service for more than 20 years, lately delivering CITES policy for the UK government. He therefore brings more than two decades of work at national, European and international levels in highly relevant areas such as biodiversity and wildlife trade. He…

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Obese pets fight the flab in Northwich


Abbeycroft Veterinary Surgery in Northwich has set up the county’s first weight management centre to combat an epidemic of pet obesity. It’s a big problem because the latest studies show that more than half of dogs and cats in the UK are currently overweight or obese. The surgery in Station Road, which is part of the independent Willows Veterinary Group, is Cheshire’s first practice to achieve approval as a Royal Canin approved pet weight management centre. Just like humans, obesity in animals is linked to a shorter lifespan and a variety of health problems including diabetes, arthritis, heart and respiratory…

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Poundstretcher and Pet Hut create 30 jobs at new stores

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Discount store Poundstretcher will open on Saturday at Skegness retail park and it will also feature Poundstretcher’s sister shop, The Pet Hut, which stands as the UK’s only retailer in discount pet goods. The opening of the stores on Wainfleet Road has created 30 new jobs with staff positions still available at both Poundstretcher and The Pet Hut. Jill Davison, area manager of the new stores, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Poundstretcher to open our doors up in Skegness. “We have everything you could need for your home and garden all under one roof at value prices and…

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Vipers, monkeys and bisons being kept as pets in Conwy and Denbighshire


Deadly venomous snakes, bisons and monkeys are being kept on private properties in Conwy and Denbighshire. Seven vipers are slithering at addresses in Conwy whilst one spider monkey, one tamarin and 60 bison are registered at living at homes in Denbighshire. The data was revealed by the Press Association. The news agency sent Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to every council in the UK, of which 363 replied. Dangerous wild animals (DWA) licences are granted by councils to allow people to keep undomesticated animals as pets, providing they have the requisite safety measures at their home and pay a small fee….

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Pets at Home places promotional activity on one platform

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Pets at Home has made the move to streamline its promotions management onto one single technology platform, to keep pace with its recent growth story. The specialist pet and pet products retailer is deploying SAP’s Promotions Management for Retail (PMR) software, with the tech vendor’s partner, Retail Solutions, leading the integration project. Pets at Home has grown significantly over the last few years. Since acquiring Petsmart in 1999 and then launching an eCommerce platform in 2008, the company has purchased the likes of Ride-away – an equestrian specialist – and Vets4Pets ­– a veterinary business – to expand its proposition. Earlier this…

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RSPCA issue exotic pets appeal after python fished out of canal


RSPCA chiefs have issued an appeal to members of the public to think twice before buying an exotic animal as a pet. The national charity made the call after a dead 18-foot long albino Indian python was pulled out of the canal in Aylestone, Leicester. Latest figures show that last year the RSPCA investigated 2,772 calls about reptiles – a 50 per cent increase on seven years ago. TV naturalist Chris Packham, who presents Springwatch, joined the call to try to get people to understand how hard it can be to look after an exotic pet. He said: “The problem…

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Man banned from running pet shop after selling reptiles without licence

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A man has been banned from running a pet shop after pleading guilty to selling animals without having proper licences in place. Damien Winkle, 37, pleaded guilty to the offence under the Pets Animals Act 1951 at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court after selling animals from shops in Freeman Street. Winkle, of Sanner Street in Hull, appeared in court after officers from North East Lincolnshire Council’s licensing team brought the case to light. In interview he admitted selling animals, including reptiles, from the shops DnK’s Reptiles and Reptiles To Go. Winkle was disqualified from keeping a pet shop for five years, fined…

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