from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or being something that is not food but is sold in a supermarket, as housewares or stationery.

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  • noun A thing that is not a food; an inedible thing.


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  • Companies in sectors that typically move with the economic cycle, such as nonfood retailers, have been shut out of debt markets since the collapse of Lehman Brothers shook confidence.

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  • While nonfood retailers have struggled, food retailers have fared better because rising inflation has forced customers to pay more for their mealtime essentials.

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  • "We are talking to lots of people," he said, adding that the company is looking to free up more retail space within its portfolio which could be used for a number of things, including nonfood, apparel or fresh food.

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  • Morrisons has long lagged behind its rivals as the only major supermarket with no online presence and limited nonfood offerings, two areas that Mr. Philips has been openly looking to develop.

    Morrison Buys Kiddicare in Online Push

  • The Kiddicare tie-up is a surprise but the £ 70 million price tag, which represents 1.9 times annual sales, "seems a relatively modest price to pay for a business with the potential, in terms of management and systems to get Morrisons more heavily involved in nonfood online," said Arden Partners analyst Nick Bubb.

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  • Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke said the company has seen an improvement in nonfood sales in the third quarter as revitalized ranges and new store displays are rolled out across its larger stores.

    Tesco Suffers U.K. Sales Drop

  • Tesco has the largest exposure to nonfood sales of the grocers, which has added to its lagging behind its three main rivals, J Sainsbury PLC, Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC and Asda Supermarkets, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

    Tesco Suffers U.K. Sales Drop

  • The most blatant discounting came in the nonfood sector, which has contracted throughout 2011 as consumer discretionary spending is squeezed by rising food and fuel inflation, stagnant wages and job insecurity.

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  • He said like-for-like nonfood sales were still falling, but not by as much as the 5% seen in the second quarter.

    Tesco Suffers U.K. Sales Drop

  • Rivals J Sainsbury PLC and Tesco PLC report seasonal sales Wednesday and Thursday respectively, and their larger exposure to nonfood sales is expected to curtail any inflationary food boost, while price promotions could eat into profits, as Tesco has already warned.

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