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14 декабря, 21:45

Sainsbury’s and Asda get extra time over CMA merger inquiry

CMA says its priority is to ‘assess if shoppers would face higher prices’ due to mergerSainsbury’s and Asda have won extra time to respond to a competition authority investigation into their planned £7.3bn merger.A competition appeal tribunal hearing in London on Friday ruled that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) must give lawyers for Sainsbury and Asda more time. Continue reading...

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12 декабря, 21:27

Sainsbury’s and Asda challenge CMA over merger

Competition and Markets Authority is investigating fallout of planned deal for shoppers and suppliersSainsbury’s and Asda have launched a legal challenge after complaining they are unable to meet the deadlines of the competition watchdog investigating their planned £7.3bn merger.The deal, which was announced in April, promises to create a new force in UK supermarket retailing that would usurp Tesco as the market leader. Continue reading...

11 декабря, 17:24

Retail data suggests UK political turmoil taking its toll this Christmas

Figures from John Lewis, Tesco and Sainsbury’s point to subdued consumer activityPoor figures from John Lewis, and a slowdown at Tesco and Sainsbury’s has raised fresh concerns that the uncertain political climate is taking its toll on consumer confidence this Christmas.December is the most lucrative time of the year for the retail sector but John Lewis said sales in its department stores fell by more than 5% last week. The picture from its fashion and homewares divisions was even weaker, with sales in both down by about 7%. Continue reading...

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26 ноября, 03:01

Sainsbury's launches scheme labelling items useful to food banks

Customers will be urged to include priority and long expiry date items in their shop for donation after checkoutDedicated shelf-edge labels alerting shoppers to food and drink items that are most useful to food banks are to be introduced by a major supermarket for the first time after a trial led to a three-fold rise in donations.From Friday, customers visiting more than 1,400 branches of Sainsbury’s will be urged to include priority items such as tinned fish, meat and vegetables, longlife fruit juice and dried or UHT milk in their shop, for donation after checkout. Continue reading...

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20 ноября, 18:45

The Christmas ad is broken – time to kill it off completely

Twitter’s John Lewis ad featuring @JohnLewis, and Waitrose parodying Elton John are the latest examples of it all getting a bit too muchIt was the moment it went too far. A family on TV shown fast-forwarding their way through the John Lewis Elton John Christmas advert – only for it to be part of another Christmas ad, for a different part of the John Lewis empire, Waitrose.And it is not the only John Lewis parody out there. In its Christmas ad, Twitter has used @JohnLewis, often described as the most patient man on the internet for the way he deals with people who think he is a shop. Frankly, the Christmas advert is eating itself, and repeating on us worse than the sprouts will on the big day itself. Continue reading...

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17 ноября, 03:01

Bug grub: Sainsbury's to stock edible insects on shelves in a UK first

Supermarket will start selling roasted crickets in 250 of its stores from MondayBarbecued bugs are are going on the shelves of British supermarkets as Sainsbury’s becomes the first big UK grocer to stock edible insects.The retailer will start selling roasted crickets – described as “crunchy in texture with a rich smoky flavour” – in 250 of its stores from Monday, capitalising on the growing prominence of bush tucker in the global warming debate. The damaging environmental impact of global meat production has spurred interest in bugs – which can be bred in significant numbers without taking up large amounts of land, water or feed – as an alternative, sustainable food source. Continue reading...

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12 ноября, 17:31

'Purple Tuesday' to highlight needs of disabled shoppers

Asda, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s among the 700 retailers involved in initiativeSome of the UK’s biggest retailers are taking a break from the frantic buildup to Christmas this week for “Purple Tuesday”, the first national day dedicated to the needs of disabled shoppers.Asda, Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s are among more than 700 businesses – after an initial target of only 50 – who had joined the initiative by Monday morning. Companies are required to make at least one long-term commitment to improve the experience of disabled customers in order to take part. Continue reading...

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12 ноября, 03:01

Deja vu: Sainsbury's Christmas ad smacks of John Lewis campaign

Both feature school plays and samey straplines, but Sainsbury’s is ‘not worried’When Sainsbury’s signed up the director of the Hollywood hit The Greatest Showman to make its Christmas campaign the grocer probably thought it had the festive season all wrapped up.The only problem is the campaign, which breaks on social media and during ITV’s Coronation Street on Monday, bears an uncanny resemblance to an ad recently put out by the perennial Christmas campaign winner John Lewis. Continue reading...

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08 ноября, 14:00

Sainsbury's says staff cuts led to stock shortages over summer

Supermarket says it’s back on track after being caught out by heatwave as it cut management roles Sainsbury’s has admitted staff cuts led to gaps on its shelves over the summer as it ran out of stock, but the supermarket’s boss has promised stores are now back to normal.“We were undoubtedly challenged on availability [over the summer],” Mike Coupe, the chief executive of the UK’s second largest supermarket said. Continue reading...

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03 ноября, 23:30

Sainsbury’s in a stew over mash-up of ‘Persian’ dish

Magazine apologises after British-Iranian readers say inclusion of recipe for curry is ‘lazy, casual racism’A sparkly bonfire night cake and a traditional English sausage and mash were both on offer in October’s edition of Sainsbury’s Magazine. More prominent than this seasonal fare, though, was a bold attempt to broaden readers’ horizons: a front-page photo of a “golden Persian curry”, tagged as “the dinner party dish you HAVE to try”.But the magazine’s fusion adventure has now backfired. Its editors stand accused of “lazy, casual racism” because, according to Iranian readers, chefs and fans of Persian cookery, the ingredients bear little or no relation to the region’s authentic cuisine. Continue reading...

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26 октября, 17:11

Asda says 2,500 jobs at risk before Sainsbury's merger

Grocer eyes back office roles in shake-up, with redundancies not expected before ChristmasAsda has said 2,500 jobs are at risk as the supermarket giant embarks on a fresh round of cost-cutting ahead of its proposed merger with rival Sainsbury’s.The Walmart-owned grocer is looking to reduce costs across its store operations, with staff working in its bakeries, petrol stations and back office among those under scrutiny. The retailer is also considering closing counters used by customers to return items from its George clothing ranges. Continue reading...

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24 октября, 17:20

Put it away, Britain! Why the nation’s rampant sexiness has to stop

Sainsbury’s is to stock a range of vibrators, John Lewis reports a surge in sales of G-strings and suspenders … What has become of the UK’s famous repression?It is probably quite healthy that Sainsbury’s is about to launch a range of cheap sex toys. After all, satisfaction with one’s sex life is one of strongest indicators of an individual’s wellbeing, and anything that helps to improve that – including access to affordable vibrators – should be applauded.This, in addition to John Lewis seeing a 73% surge in G-string sales and a 132% rise in suspender sales, would seem to suggest that Britain is finally shaking off its reputation for being unduly uptight and repressed. Continue reading...

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16 октября, 17:31

Sainsbury’s-Asda inquiry to examine sale of petrol, toys and kids' clothes

CMA highlights areas it will cover in merger of UK’s second- and third-largest supermarketsThe competition watchdog has announced that, in addition to groceries, its inquiry into Sainsbury’s planned buyout of Asda will examine the sale of petrol, toys, school uniforms and small kitchen appliances.The extent to which fast-growing discount chains Aldi and Lidl act as “close alternatives” to the two traditional grocers will also be considered by the Competition and Markets Authority, according to a statement outlining the major issues it is considering in relation to the £10bn merger of the UK’s second- and third-largest supermarkets. Continue reading...

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30 сентября, 16:18

Sainsbury's plans push into UK beauty market

Supermarket to test beauty aisles staffed with specialists in 11 stores around the UK Sainsbury’s is taking on Boots, Superdrug and Debenhams with department store-style beauty aisles staffed with specialist assistants.As part of a substantial push into the UK’s £2.8bn beauty market, which is continuing to grow while fashion and homeware sales fall back, the larger beauty aisles will be tested out in 11 stores around the country and taken to more stores next year if it proves a success. Continue reading...

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27 сентября, 15:45

Sainsbury's and Asda may have to offload 460 stores to seal merger

The supermarkets’ catchment areas overlap in 463 places, competition watchdog findsSainsbury’s and Asda could be forced to offload more than 460 stores to satisfy the competition watchdog before a planned merger. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it had found a “realistic prospect of a significant lessening of competition” in 463 places in the UK where local supermarkets’ catchment areas overlapped.The CMA announced last week that it had referred Sainsbury’s plan to buy Asda to a more in-depth “phase two” investigation, but a 21-page ruling published on Thursday gives the full detail behind that decision. Continue reading...

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25 сентября, 02:01

UK grocers pledge to halve food waste from 'farm to fork' by 2030

Roadmap outlines steps firms must take to reduce waste at every stage of supply chainLarge supermarkets and manufacturers are signing up to efforts to drive down the UK’s annual £20bn food waste bill by committing to halving waste from “farm to fork” by 2030.A roadmap being published on Tuesday by the government’s waste reduction body, Wrap, and the food and grocery charity IGD sets a series of milestones for businesses to reduce waste at every stage of the supply chain. The annual bill is equivalent to more than £300 per UK citizen. Continue reading...

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15 сентября, 18:00

Low prices and no frills: can Tesco’s secret plan defeat Lidl and Aldi?

All eyes will be on the launch of discount chain Jack’s for clues as to whether the UK’s biggest grocer can operate as well as its sharp German rivals at the cheapest end of the marketThe Tesco founder, Jack Cohen, was an enterprising market trader who brought modern supermarket retailing to postwar Britain. Nearly a century later, Cohen, nicknamed “Slasher Jack” because he liked to “pile it high and sell it cheap”, is making a high street comeback.On Wednesday, Tesco will unveil Jack’s, a discount chain named after its no-nonsense founder who famously gave top lieutenants tie-pins engraved “YCDBSOYA” – an abbreviation of “you can’t do business sitting on your arse”. Continue reading...

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05 сентября, 20:37

'A great place to drink': how a Sainsbury's car park tunnel became Bude's top attraction

TripAdvisor’s reviewers may have been joking when they rated a 70m Perspex tunnel as the best place for tourists to visit in the Cornish town. But some clearly believe in its magicIt is the stately pleasure dome of Kubla Khan, extruded onwards. It is the triumphal arch for a future Cornish victory in an as yet unwritten English civil war. It is the Perspex tunnel linking Bude Sainsbury’s with a Sainsbury’s-affiliated car park; it is 230ft (70m) long, and it is now a celebrity. News that this outwardly unremarkable tunnel, originally designed to keep shoppers dry, is the Cornish town’s highest-ranking tourist attraction on TripAdvisor has rocked mildly amusing portions of the internet in the past few days.Nineteen-year-old Amy Cox believes its primal tug is essentially communitarian: “It’s a great place to go when you’re a teenager, to drink, if you’ve got nowhere else to go.” Continue reading...

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23 августа, 14:42

Competition watchdog to scrutinise merger of Sainsbury's and Asda

Proposed £12bn deal’s impact on shoppers and suppliers to be investigatedThe competition watchdog has launched a formal investigation into whether the proposed £12bn merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda could hurt consumers and the small businesses that supply the supermarkets.The Competition and Markets Authority said it would look at how the deal could drive up prices and affect quality in the groceries market as well as in the areas of fuel, electricals, children’s toys and clothing. Continue reading...

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25 июня, 16:47

Supermarket watchdog's oversight may extend to Amazon and Boots

Grocery Code Adjudicator hopes to win new powers after complaints from suppliersThe grocery industry watchdog is hoping to win new powers to oversee Amazon and Boots after receiving numerous complaints about their treatment of suppliers.Christine Tacon, the Grocery Code Adjudicator (GCA), already oversees 10 retailers including the big four supermarkets – Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons – and has the power to issue multi-million pound fines if suppliers are treated poorly. Continue reading...