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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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 –...

  14. 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 &...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. March 2, 2012

    Fresh produce new supermarket war focus

    Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and bread, are set to emerge as the new battleground for Britain’s biggest supermarket...

  35. February 12, 2012

    Bitter pill for Schlecker

    Germany’s biggest retail insolvency in years is highlighting changing habits among shoppers in Europe’s largest economy,...

  36. December 9, 2011

    Save on food, gain on stocks

    There is an odd marketing incongruity in St Andrews. It is home to two large five-star hotels and 70 restaurants – and is a...

  37. September 21, 2011

    Tesco move set to spark grocery price war

    A fresh price war looks set to break out in the grocery industry, amid expectations that Tesco is preparing a big pricing...

  38. September 20, 2011

    Poundland to open six stores in Ireland

    With Ireland’s economy on its knees, this might not appear to be the best moment to open a retail chain. But Poundland,...

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