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South African retail group Woolworths has been named the 2012 international "responsible retailer of the year" alongside joint British winner Marks & Spencer - the third year running that Woolworths has received the award.
South African retail group, Woolworths Holdings Limited, will expand its footprint in Australia through subsidiary Country Road's acquisition of fashion brand Witchery Group, the company announced in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Local retail chain Woolworths is venturing into the Johannesburg central business district with the opening of a Micro Foods store, the success of which could lead to similar stores being opened in central business districts of other major South African cities.
South African retailer Woolworths' efforts to establish a local source for organic fibre for their clothing has been given a major boost, with the country's first commercial scale trial crop of organic cotton being planted this summer.