Greggs, the high street bakery retailer, said it planned to “deliver good growth for the year” – as it announced third-quarter like-for-like sales (LFLs) of 4.9%.Announcing a trading update for the 13 weeks to 3 October, it said total sales were also up by 5%. LFLs for this period last year were higher, at 5.2%, but year-to-date Greggs is now tracking at +5.6% in the key metric in comparison to last year’s +3.9%.Greggs also revealed it had acquired a new distribution depot next to its bakery in Enfield, so that it could better serve the south-east region. With conversion works to the site, the total investment should cost in the region of £13m.In a statement, the company, which is led by chief executive Roger Whiteside, said that product initiative across the day coupled with “value deals” continued to “drive increased customer visits and transaction values”.It has added own-label sugar drinks to its Balanced Choice range and said that, with the onset of colder weather, it had relaunched its hot food menu with a range of soups and hot sandwiches.New additionsNew additions to the menu include the Mildly Spiced Chicken Curry Soup and Peri Peri Chicken Flatbread, part of the Balanced Choice range. Other additions to the hot menu include the Aberdeen Angus Spicy Meatball Melt Baguette.The group is now also preparing for Halloween, with its popular Bat Biscuit and Spooky Ring Bun.Its relationship with Euro Garages has so far led to the development of Greggs outlets in 30 of its forecourt sites, but Greggs added: “We have now agreed to extend this to a further 27 sites that are undergoing refurbishment in the fourth quarter. As a result we now expect our shop numbers for the full year to increase by a net 50-60 overall.”A total of 158 refits were completed year to date; of this, 20 were conversions of larger bakery cafés and Greggs said there had been 65 new shops opened year to date and 47 closures.Greggs added: “Market conditions remain favourable, with low-cost pressures and a stronger consumer environment. We expect this to continue through to the end of the year after which increases to wage rates will drive greater inflationary pressure. Our standard rate for hourly-paid shop staff is already above the National Minimum Wage and we will maintain a competitive position in the market going forward.“Our sales performance is slightly ahead of our previous plan and, while comparatives will stiffen further in the fourth quarter, sales will benefit from additional shop openings. As a result we expect to deliver good growth for the year, slightly ahead of our previous expectations, and further progress against our strategic plan.”
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Press Association Ireland shrugged off that blow and roared back but the visitors held out, unconvincingly at times, for the point to go above Germany into second place in Group D. The world champions, however, should restore their advantage later in the evening against Gibraltar, while leaders Poland showed again their qualifying credentials with a 4-0 win over Georgia. It was a better point for Scotland than Ireland who started without two of their most influential players in Robbie Keane and Aiden McGeady. Skipper Keane, whose cousins Alan and Steve Harris died after a work accident earlier this week, was included among the substitutes, as was McGeady after sitting out training on Friday with a hamstring complaint, while striker Murphy and midfielder Jeff Hendrick got the nod to start. Strachan sprang a surprise of his own when he named Derby full-back Craig Forsyth in his team for his first competitive game, after three caps in friendlies. There was a place too for Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew, just his fourth appearance for club and country after a five-month injury lay-off, as Steven Fletcher was asked to lead the line. Scotland fans had been allocated around 3,500 tickets but there were many more inside the stadium to watch the green and white jerseys ruffle up the visitors, with Forsyth looking especially vulnerable. In the 17th minute Ireland’s Glenn Whelan powered a shot from 30 yards over Marshall’s crossbar to end another decent passage of play from O’Neill’s men, before being booked by Italian referee Nikola Rizzoli for a foul on Steven Fletcher. The Irish dominated an occasionally tetchy game and deservedly took the lead in the 38th minute through forward Jon Walters, after Scots’ keeper David Marshall had saved a Darryl Murphy header. However, Shaun Maloney, who scored in the 1-0 win for Scotland when the two sides met at Celtic Park in November, levelled with a shot which deflected off Irish skipper John O’Shea seconds after the restart. On the half-hour mark Ireland’s Scottish-born midfielder James McCarthy picking up a yellow for leading with his elbow in an aerial challenge on Russell Martin, who required treatment before continuing. Ireland’s goal came after Marshall tipped a header from Murphy over the bar for yet another Irish corner. When Robbie Brady’s cross came in from the right Murphy’s close-range header was blocked by the Scotland keeper but only to Walters who had the easiest task in knocking it over the line, albeit from a suspiciously-looking offside position. However, there was no doubt that the Irish had deserved their interval lead. Ikechi Anya replaced Matt Ritchie for the start of the second-half and within seconds were level when Maloney linked with the Watford winger and from 25 yards out, curled a shot past Irish keeper Shay Given with the aid of a clear deflection off the luckless O’Shea, with the visiting support celebrating regardless. The Irish, though, perhaps should have restored their lead moments later when Murphy found himself up against Marshall but the Scots keeper saved with his legs and Strachan’s side ultimately survived. A scrappy game produced an increasing amount of niggling fouls and unforced errors from both sides but Ireland, who replaced Whelan with James McClean in the 67th minute, remained largely in control with crosses into the box their most potent threat. Keane received a massive roar from the home supporters when he replaced Wes Hoolahan with 20 minutes remaining and almost immediately tested Marshall with a left-footed effort from the edge of the box. Scotland had their backs to the wall in the closing stages but O’Neill’s side, aided by Shane Long who came on for Murphy, could not find the winner which would have made such a difference to their chances of reaching the 2016 finals in France. Scotland stayed two points clear of the Republic of Ireland in their European Championship Qualifying Group D after hanging on for a share the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the Aviva Stadium.
Armaan Premjee pled not guilty to criminal charges, including one count of rape by use of drugs and a count of sexual penetration with a foreign object, on Tuesday.Premjee, a sophomore majoring in business administration, was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon. He was originally released on $100,000 bail, but Judge Mark Hanasono raised the bail amount to $200,000.Hanasono ordered Premjee’s attorney to surrender his passport to LAPD and to not approach the alleged victim.Los Angeles Police Department officers had arrested Premjee on April 11 for alleged sexual assault, according to LAPD.The alleged assault took place at Fluor Tower residence hall around 1 a.m. on April 1, according to Department of Public Safety records.“It was totally consensual sex,” said Harland Braun, Premjee’s attorney.If Premjee is convicted as charged, he could face up to 10 years in state prison. His next court date has been set to June 6.Premjee continues to be enrolled at USC.“USC takes all reports of sexual misconduct extremely seriously and is cooperating fully with the law enforcement investigation,” the University said, in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “Information pertaining to student disciplinary records and proceedings or any matter of student conduct are confidential and protected by federal privacy laws.”