Appleby Westward is boasting what it says are record service levels to its Spar retailers and a “big jump” in year-on-year sales on the back of good summer weather.

Bestway Group (“Bestway”) has acquired the Co-op’s pharmacy business for a purchase price of £620m. The transaction is due to complete in October 2014, following final separation of the Pharmacy business from Co-op.

British American Tobacco (BAT) is next month launching two limited edition packs on its best-selling capsule cigarette range, Pall Mall No.1. 

The 11th annual Startups Awards launched this week and is now open for entries, including a search for the new Independent Shop of the Year.

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