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    1. January 15, 2016

      Divide opens between German discounters as Aldi juggernaut slows

      A 39p bag of parsnips sparked a mini-price war that defined the weeks leading up to Christmas for Britain’s grocers....

    2. January 12, 2016

      Aldi and Lidl deliver blow to rivals securing Christmas increase

      Aldi’s sales growth over Christmas failed to exceed the rate at which it has been opening new stores, leading analysts...

    1. October 28, 2015

      Big UK supermarkets adopt different living wage strategies

      Britain’s supermarkets are among the most affected by the government’s new “national living wage” because they employ...

    2. October 4, 2015

      Supermarkets wage war on two fronts

      It is difficult to win a war when you are fighting simultaneously on two fronts. Concentrate your forces to strike at...

    3. September 28, 2015

      Aldi to step up pressure on big UK supermarkets with online push

      The UK arm of Aldi will move online for the first time in 2016, stepping up the pressure on Britain’s big supermarkets,...

    4. September 22, 2015

      Nearly half of UK shoppers go to Aldi or Lidl each month

      Almost half of UK households buying groceries are visiting Aldi or Lidl every month, as they open stores in more...

    5. July 16, 2015

      Some UK supermarket promotions are misleading, watchdog says

      Supermarkets must end “misleading” special offers and promotions because they confuse customers, the UK’s competition...

    6. June 22, 2015

      Discounters’ store openings reveal heat on UK grocers

      In what spells more trouble for Britain’s big grocers, discount retailers such as the German no-frills supermarkets and...

    7. June 10, 2015

      FirstGroup shareholders raise a glass to rail replacement buses

      “Haggis, neeps and tatties, and a bottle of the Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top, please.” At £3.95 and £19.95,...

    8. June 4, 2015

      Simple questions need correct answers

      How do you make money? Not in the speculative or theoretical sense: I mean, how does your business make money? A...

    9. January 20, 2015

      Aldi supermarket heirs win art damages case

      The Albrecht family created one of Germany’s most successful discount supermarket chains with a keen eye for the right...

    10. January 8, 2015

      Tesco confirms wave of price reductions

      Tesco will on Thursday ratchet up the supermarket price war with cuts of up to 25 per cent on hundreds of branded...

    11. December 30, 2014

      Disrupters bring destruction and opportunity

      2014: year of disruption As buzz words go, it is an ugly one. But, in 2014, “disrupters” have been wreaking havoc on...

    12. December 19, 2014

      Price war delivers Christmas present for UK food shoppers

      Shoppers are likely to find it easier to put dinner on the table for their families this Christmas. After five years of...

    13. December 15, 2014

      Hungary to force supermarkets to close on Sundays

      Large supermarkets in Hungary will be forced to shut their doors on Sundays, under the latest unorthodox economic...

    14. November 21, 2014

      Supermarkets learn the lesson of galloping heffalumps

      The knives are out for shares in Britain’s leading supermarkets. Data this week showed the first fall in total grocery...

    15. November 18, 2014

      Price war forces first fall in UK grocery sales in 20 years

      Britain’s supermarkets have suffered their first fall in sales in at least 20 years as lower food prices and a vicious...

    16. November 10, 2014

      Aldi to create 35,000 jobs as it aims for 1,000 UK supermarkets

      Aldi, the German discounter that has been winning customers from Tesco and Sainsbury’s, is to create 35,000 jobs in the...

    17. September 29, 2014

      Middle-class swell profits at Aldi as it looks to expand ranges

      Cash-strapped middle-class shoppers flocking to Aldi have helped the UK arm of the German discount supermarket achieve...

    18. September 26, 2014

      UK grocers: only lovers left alive

      “Just cut prices!” This might be the cry of many of Tesco’s exasperated shareholders at the moment. They saw £250m in...

    19. September 24, 2014

      Spotlight on market power of big German retailers

      Aldi and Lidl, the low-cost German supermarket chains with aggressive expansion plans overseas, are under scrutiny in...

    20. August 29, 2014

      Discounters open fashion front in supermarket war

      When Dave Lewis hurries into the chief executive’s chair at Tesco on Monday – a month earlier than planned – the former...

    21. August 27, 2014

      Tesco sales down 4% as it struggles to fend off German discount stores

      Tesco’s wounds from the supermarket price war deepened on Wednesday after industry figures showed a 4 per cent fall in...

    22. July 21, 2014

      Tesco bows to City and loses CEO

      Change at Tesco Tesco bowed to pressure from City investors on Monday ousting its chief executive Philip Clarke and...

    23. July 21, 2014

      Karl Albrecht, Aldi co-founder, 1920-2014

      Karl Albrecht, co-founder of the Aldi discount chain and reputedly Germany’s richest man, has died aged 94. Together...

    24. July 6, 2014

      Combined sales of Aldi and Lidl poised to overtake Wm Morrison

      The UK arms of Aldi and Lidl are on track for combined sales of more than £10bn this year, and could generate almost as...

    25. December 10, 2013

      Aldi £80 tablet sells out within 24 hours

      Cut-price supermarket chain Aldi sold out of its £80 tablet within 24 hours after it launched in the UK this week, in a...

    26. October 14, 2013

      Tesco shareholders question management’s grip after profits fall

      Some of the biggest shareholders in Tesco are asking whether top management has a good enough grip on its many...

    27. September 13, 2013

      Whole Foods targets low-income market in Chicago’s mean streets

      Three years from now, the vacant site at the corner of 63rd and Halsted in the poverty-stricken Englewood neighbourhood...

    28. August 16, 2013

      Pitfalls of being neither one thing nor the other

      Being described as “neither one thing nor the other” is seldom a compliment. It is more redolent of mild derision....

    29. June 16, 2013

      Hypermarkets suffer midlife crisis

      Miniskirts and the beehive were all the rage, The Beatles topped the charts, push-button telephones were launched – and...

    30. April 12, 2013

      Tesco set to close door on American dream

      When Tesco admits final defeat in the US next week, it will mark an ignominious end for Sir Terry Leahy’s American...

    31. April 8, 2013

      Tesco counts cost of failed US venture

      Tesco is poised to finally admit defeat in the US next week, when it is set to count the cost of the failed venture...

    32. February 26, 2013

      Sales of frozen burgers plunge

      The horsemeat scandal has taken its toll on consumers’ shopping habits in the UK, with falling sales of frozen burgers...

    33. February 25, 2013

      Ikea drawn into horsemeat scandal

      Ikea became the latest outlet to be embroiled in the Europe-wide horsemeat scandal on Monday after traces of the animal...

    34. February 22, 2013

      Home Bargains grasps UK high street shift

      Home Bargains’ strap line is “Top Brands, Bottom Prices”. But operations director Joe Morris has unwittingly coined...

    35. February 14, 2013

      Morrison pulls salami products

      Wm Morrison has become the latest big retailer to withdraw meat products from its shelves as a precautionary measure...

    36. February 8, 2013

      Downing St calls ‘horsemeat’ summit

      The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Friday night called an emergency meeting with retailers,...

    37. January 21, 2013

      A bad workman blames his suppliers

      No corporate activity is as dispiriting, as futile, or, unfortunately, as common as blame-shifting. The tawdry process...

    38. January 17, 2013

      Booker increases sales by 3.1%

      Booker, the cash and carry wholesaler, has escaped the horsemeat scandal, as it increased sales by 3.1 per cent over...

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