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By James Davey LONDON (Reuters) - A shift in strategy by Britain's major grocers, to focus on small local stores that offer higher returns than big supermarkets, is allowing them to cut capital expenditure plans - and dangle the prospect of tasty returns for shareholders. Recognising that small local convenience stores, along with the internet, will be the main driver of future sales growth, British market leader Tesco, J Sainsbury - battling with Wal-Mart Stores' Asda for second place - No. 4 player Wm Morrison and No. 6 Waitrose are all prioritising investment there. Both convenience and online business require relatively little capital compared to developing large supermarket spaces. But crucially, while the profitability of online grocery is not yet proven, the returns from convenience stores can be.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chemical weapons were probably used in four locations in Syria this year, in addition to the confirmed attack near Damascus in August that forced the government to abandon its secret chemical stockpile, U.N. inspectors have said.