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    1. 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...

    2. 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 measure by...

    1. 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 sales...

    2. 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 price...

    3. 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 next...

    4. 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...

    5. 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 future...

    6. 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 their...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 with...

    10. 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...

    11. 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 much...

    12. 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 sign...

    13. 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 problems,...

    14. October 1, 2013

      Pound shops profit from affluent shoppers

      Tightened belts have led to bulging sales at discount retailers and cheap grocers in the past few years. But even those in...

    15. 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 on...

    16. 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. Winston...

    17. 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 the...

    18. 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 dream –...

    19. 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 Fresh &...

    20. March 6, 2013

      Billionaires’ club has become less exclusive

      Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is unhappy with Forbes magazine, accusing it of prejudice in estimating his wealth at $20bn – a...

    21. 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 and...

    22. 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 were...

    23. February 21, 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 another...

    24. 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 after...

    25. 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, suppliers...

    26. 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 is...

    27. 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 the...

    28. January 16, 2013

      Union blames cuts for burger incident

      Britain’s largest union blamed cuts in trading standards and meat hygiene services for their failure to pick up on burgers...

    29. January 16, 2013

      Supermarkets withdraw contaminated burgers

      Four of Britain’s biggest supermarket chains have been forced to withdraw several meat products after horsemeat and pork...

    30. January 8, 2013

      Majestic Wine and Domino sales rise

      Resurgent interest in French wines and a spike in pizza deliveries boosted seasonal sales at Majestic Wine and Domino’s...

    31. December 21, 2012

      Private equity bids in R&R Ice Cream deal

      A near-€1bn auction of Europe’s largest private label ice cream maker has offered fresh hope that the freeze gripping the...

    32. December 12, 2012

      Morrison settles on new finance director

      Wm Morrison, the supermarket group, is poised to name Trevor Strain as its new finance director. An announcement could come...

    33. November 8, 2012

      Morrison missing out on its mission

      “We need to trade for today, we need to build for tomorrow and I need to be able to do both things.” Dalton Philips, chief...

    34. November 2, 2012

      Morrison’s chief tested by falling sales

      The UK’s retail industry leaders will be firmly in the spotlight in the next two weeks, with deteriorating sales at Wm...

    35. October 7, 2012

      Power of brands eats into retailers’ edge

      Austerity-era consumers in the west and rising populations in the east are helping drive a seismic shift in the balance of...

    36. October 1, 2012

      Aldi poised to double UK stores

      Aldi is plotting an assault that could see it double its UK stores over the next 10 years as cash-strapped middle class...

    37. October 1, 2012

      Cash-strapped shoppers eye discounters

      Elizabeth Albright, a GP from Stone in Staffordshire, used to do all her shopping at Wm Morrison. But since Aldi opened in...

    38. August 23, 2012

      Co-op performance hurt by PPI claims

      The chief executive of the Co-operative Group blamed the prolonged economic downturn for the sharpest fall in first half...

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