JD Sports secures controlling stake in Cosmos The sportswear retailer has acquired an 80% stake in Greek retailer Cosmos, as part of its drive to expand its international presence. Cosmos operates 57 stores in Greece and 3 in Cyprus, and recorded €52m in revenue in 2020. Read more.

Iceland to give away free food to reduce waste The retailer is poised to give food products on the last day of their shelf life away to online customers, in an attempt to cut waste. Iceland estimates that through the plan it would give away over 1.3 million items worth £500,000 a year. Read more.

John Lewis opens 10 Christmas emporiums The emporiums will host in-store events and festive workshops, as well as enabling personalised gifting. The move comes as searches for Christmas are up nearly 40% on the retailer's website, compared with last year. Read more.

Hammerson sees “significant improvement” in rent collections The property giant has said that 70% of fourth-quarter rents have been collected so far, marking significant improvement from previous quarters. Hammerson has told investors that occupiers are benefitting from the lifting of Covid restrictions. Read more.

Carrefour’s quarterly sales slow The French multinational retail corporation has reported slowing third-quarter sales, reporting a slight increase of 0.8% on a like-for-like basis. The company recently called off its potential tie-up with rival Auchan. Read more.

Central England Co-op reports a dip in half-year sales Central England Co-op has announced a decrease in gross sales from £487.3m to £477.9m in the six months to August. Read more.