Campaigning to curb supermarket power

2006

 

Tesco in ‘mind-boggling’ grab for shop space

The Sunday Times, December 31st 2006

Tesco snapped up half of all the new shopping space in Britain this year once store closures were taken into account, according to data obtained by The Sunday Times. Richard Hyman, the leading retail analyst who carried out the research, described the statistic as “mind-boggling”....Read more...

 Tesco's £80m price cuts put new pressure on rivals

The Guardian, January 1st 2007

Britain's biggest supermarket chain, Tesco, is further turning the screws on its rivals by triggering a price war. It is permanently cutting prices on 600 key items by a total of £80m. The move will be viewed by critics as another example of how the increasingly dominant retailer is flexing its muscles against smaller competitors. ...Read more...

 Tesco targets consumers in criticism over price promotions

Brand Republic, December 15th 2006

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, has taken the unprecedented move of offering thousands of customers nearly one-third off their weekly shop in the run-up to Christmas, and may face a possible backlash from the Competition Commission over the price promotion. ...Read more...

 Tesco eyes up Eastern expansion

Food Navigator.com, December 12th 2006

Tesco announced today the extension of its partnership with Ting Hsin in China, as part of its strategy to capitalize on emerging markets. ...Read more...

 Competition Commision inquiry delayed

Fresh Info, December 12th 2006

The Competition Commission (CC) will delay its much-anticipated first comments on its investigation into the supermarket sector until January, a spokesman said on Monday. ...Read more...

 Tesco gets govt nod to buy Makro outlets

Business Times, December 11th 2006

Supermarket chain Tesco has received the nod from the Government to buy all Makro outlets in the country, with formalisation expected in January 2007. ...Read more...

 Supermarkets gear up for building spree

The Observer, December 10th 2006

Critics fear the Barker report's plan to relax curbs on growth will deal a 'body blow' to small retailers.

Supermarket giants are preparing to build hundreds of new stores in Britain as a key restriction limiting their growth looks set to be lifted. ...Read more...

 River Cottage chef takes on Tesco in battle of Axminster supermarkets

The Guardian, December 9th 2006

  • Cook's shop to stock only local produce 
  • 'We can do food retail differently,' says TV chef  ...Read more...

 

 UK firms 'exploiting Bangladesh'

BBC News, December 8th 2006

Textile workers in Bangladesh get paid as little as five pence an hour to make cheap clothes for UK companies Tesco, Asda and Primark, says a report. ...Read more...

 Overpowered by the supercenters

Society Guardian, December 6th 2006

The domination of Wal-Mart and other mega-corporations is killing the American dream for small, independent shopkeepers. In this extract from her new book, Big-Box Swindle, Stacy Mitchell relates the bitter experiences of those whose livelihoods have been wiped out by mega-malls. ...Read more...

 Return of the free marketeers

The Guardian, December 6th 2006

The final Barker report on planning may lead to a relaxation of the laws that ended the type of out-of-town shopping cities seen in the US, undoing a decade of work to rebuild our town centres. ...Read more...

 Green belt sale would kill off town centres, warn environmentalists

The Guardian, December 6th 2006

The sale of green belt land surrounding England's major towns and cities to supermarket chains and property developers will hasten the death of the high street and create ghost towns if proposals to ease planning laws are backed by the government, environmental campaigners said yesterday. ...Read more...

 

 Tesco eyes further overseas expansion with 300 new stores

The Independent, December 6th 2006

Tesco's expansion showed no signs of abating yesterday as it announced plans to open 300 new international stores alongside a 5.6 per cent increase in like-for-like UK sales. ...Read more...

 Poland blow to Tesco's overseas drive

The Evening Standard, 4th December 2006

Tesco has failed again in its attempts to ramp up overseas expansion after Dutch supermarkets group Ahold sold its 194 stores in Poland to French rival Carrefour. ...Read more...

 Wal-Mart’s gain is not Tesco’s loss in India

The Economic Times, December 2nd 2006

Sunil Mittal’s Bharti Enterprises may have chosen Wal-Mart over Tesco as its retail partner, but that hasn’t crashed the UK retailer’s faith in the Indian summer. On the contrary, Tesco has confirmed it is still on the lookout for an Indian JV partner to enter the country’s emerging retail arena. ...Read more...

 False economy: hidden bill paid by poor for cut-price food

The Guardian, December 1st 2006

· Watchdog condemns stores for 'backward step' 
· Only 35% of low-cost ranges meet salt target

Britain's leading supermarket chains are strongly criticised today in a report which claims their low-cost or economy-range foods are much less healthy than their more expensive counterparts....Read more...

 Food industry launches challenge to traffic light labelling scheme

The Guardian, November 30th 2006

· Manufacturers' rival health guidance 'confusing' 
· Blair had backed colour coding on packaging

The food industry began a campaign yesterday aimed at derailing the Food Standards Agency's proposed "traffic light" labelling system, designed to help shoppers choose healthy options....Read more...

 Ditched Tesco may tango with TatasDNA India, November 29th 2006

After losing the race to be Bharti’s ally in India to Wal-Mart, Tesco, the UK-based supermarket chain, is now betting on the Tatas. The company is believed to be in talks with the venerated group and it is likely that the two may join hands to set up a chain of supermarkets in India....Read more... Wal-Mart’s Superstores Gain Entry Into India

New York Times, November 27th 2006

Wal-Mart moved closer to cracking open one of the last and potentially most lucrative frontiers for American retailers when it announced a joint venture on Monday with an Indian partner....Read more...

 Nation of reluctant supermarket shoppers revealedThe Guardian, November 23rd 2006

  • 70% believe big stores harm small producers
  • Most consumers lack faith in descriptions of food

Britain is becoming a country of sceptical supermarket shoppers who use big stores but worry about the consequences, according to a Guardian/ICM poll published today. It shows most consumers do not trust food labels and do not believe the claims shops make about healthy food. ...Read more...

 Sweet, Healthy and Juicy..So why are pineapples leaving a bitter taste?

Observer Food Monthly , Joanna Blythman, November 19th 2006

Costa Rica's pineapple harvest is taking a bitter toll on workers' health.

As little as 10 years ago, you took a risk when you bought a pineapple. The fruits that made it to the UK - a variety of pineapple known as the Smooth Cayenne - were scarily spiky, green on the outside and, more often than not, off-puttingly sour and fibrous within. Then in 1996, the Del Monte 'Gold' pineapple hit our shelves, the first of a new type of low-acid pineapple bred in Hawaii. ...Read more...

 Grocery Sector Probe Set for Delay

The Sunday Telegraph, James Hall, 18 November 2006

Supermarket bosses have expressed concerns over rising costs and likely delays to the Competition Commission's inquiry into the grocery sector. Senior executives from three of the "big four" retailers — Tesco, J Sainsbury, Asda and Wm Morrison — have told The Sunday Telegraph that they fear the investigation is already over-running...read more...

 

 

 Era of 'Tesco law' is upon us

The Times, November 15th 2006

Plans for a new era of "Tesco law" were formally unveiled today as the Government introduced its Legal Services Bill in the Queen’s speech. The Bill, which will lead to the biggest shake-up in the UK legal profession in a generation, will allow non-lawyers to own and operate law firms for the first time. ...Read more...

 Sainsbury doubles six-month profits

The Guardian, 15th November 2006

Sainsbury's six-month profits have more than doubled as its healthy-food campaign entices shoppers into helping to speed up the chain's trading recovery. ...Read more...

 Tesco suspends opening of stores in ThailandInternational Herald Tribune, November 13th 2006

The Thai unit of Tesco said Monday that it will "temporarily freeze" new convenience store openings for three months to comply with a government request pending legislation that may limit retail chains in the kingdom. ...Read more... Tempted to go down the aisleThe Observer, November 12th 2006

So far, India's economic transformation has had no effect on the experience of shopping for food here. The supermarket remains an alien concept, even in rich parts of New Delhi, where customers must still fight their way around the crowded lanes of covered markets and haggle for a good price. Attempts by Tesco and Wal-Mart to enter the hugely lucrative market have been blocked by the government, but the start of a retail revolution will hit India this week, with the launch of a massive home-grown supermarket chain. ...Read more... Asda launches online push to close Tesco's leadThe Sunday Telegraph, November 5th 2006

Asda is hiring 1,800 staff to launch a massive expansion of its internet operations and take on Tesco, Britain's biggest online retailer, after admitting it misread the pace of the internet retailing revolution.The UK arm of Wal-Mart, the world's largest store group, also plans to roll out its non-food store concept, Asda Living, from its current trial of seven shops to a national chain of up to 300. ...Read more...
  Independent actionNatural Products, October 2006

The other day a pocket-sized Tesco Healthy Living booklet plopped through the door at home. As well as hints on good nail health, an article on enzyme therapy and hints on how to choose fish from sustainably managed fisheries (nice recipe by the way for roasted cod in Parma ham on a bed of Puy lentils and spinach), there was a section devoted to Tesco’s new Wholefoods range. ...Read more... Tesco's database arm links up with Casino

Sunday Telegraph, October 29th 2006

Dunnhumby, the database and marketing services company owned by Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, has formed a joint venture with Casino, France's second largest grocer, to revamp its customer loyalty and promotional programme.It is the first time that Dunnhumby, which is 84 per cent owned by Tesco, has offered its services to a European food retailer other than Tesco. The move signifies both companies' growing ambitions to corner the global market in retailers' loyalty schemes and data collection activities. ...Read more...

 British retailer Tesco’s upbeat on Sri Lanka, despite war jittersLanka Business Online, October 27th 2006

An escalating civil conflict has not dampened Tesco’s plans for Sri Lanka, with the UK based mass retailer expecting a 40 percent spike in apparel business from the island next year. Tesco’s buys clothes for its up-market ranges in its department stores, from about 30 Sri Lankan suppliers ...Read more... Farmers fume at Tesco managersWestern Mail, October 24th 2006

Tesco's plan to buy more local food for its stores was branded "too little, too late" by Welsh farmers. Two of Tesco's top executives - Wales corporate affairs manager Julian Walker-Palin and Welsh marketing manager Enfys Fox - were told that farmers would not survive unless the supermarket giant began to pay realistic prices. ...Read more... Tesco pushes its Express format stores into PragueThe Times, October 23rd 2006

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, is to take its Express convenience store format to the Czech Republic for the first time next year as it fights a competitive onslaught from grocery discount chains such as Lidl. ...Read more... Are we losing our taste for big stores?Western Morning News, Carol Trewin, Food Editor, October 23rd 2006

How many extraneous leaflets and pieces of paper fell out of your newspaper at the weekend? Along with a leaflet for computers, another for sofas, a poster about cheese and a promotional leaflet about the work of Medecins Sans Frontiers in Africa, many of us would have also found a glossy brochure extolling "local heroes" and claiming to "celebrate British food". Who and what is this?...Read more...  Tesco launches new website to counter rivals' monopoly claimsThe Independent, October 23rd 2006

Tesco is fighting back against rivals' claims that it dominates the grocery market with a new website to limit the fallout from the Competition Commission's probe into the sector. ...Read more... Planning rules favour Tesco, claim rival chainsThe Independent, October 21st 2006

Tesco's biggest rivals have urged the Competition Commission to rip up the UK's planning rulebook, which they argue restricts local competition in the £120bn grocery sector. ...Read more... Asda shamed over English apple commitmentFresh Info, October 20th 2006

A public debate between English Apples & Pears and Asda over the promotion of English apples at the UK’s number two multiple retailer continued at the National Fruit Show, in Kent, on Wednesday. ...Read more...  Tesco creates new jobs in HungaryFood Navigator Europe, October 19th 2006

Tesco-Global stores has announced that it will create more than 700 new jobs in Hungary as part of an expansion in the food retail market, despite what it describes as a difficult market. ...Read more... Retailers protest hypermart expansionBangkok Post, October 17th 2006

Thailand's local retailers on Tuesday staged a protest against the continued expansion of transnational retail giant hypermarkets in the kingdom. Some 200 local shop owners gathered at Bangkok's Royal Plaza intending to petition Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont ...Read more... Dunnhumby secures Tesco dealmad.co.uk, October 16th 2006

Dunnhumby, the marketing database company, has struck a major in-store advertising deal with Tesco. The supermarket giant has handed over all advertising rights in its stores to Dunnhumby. This includes in-store television and radio, along with advertising on trolleys and on-floor stickers. ...Read more... Fireworks fly over Tesco 'safety snub'Manchester Evening News, October 14th 2006

Tesco has been slammed by a council leader who claims it refused to sign up to a firework safety crackdown because the posters do not match its logo. Coun Alan Taylor, the leader of Rochdale council, said the supermarket giant refused to back a campaign aimed at the responsible retail of fireworks in the run up to bonfire night because: "The colour scheme of our posters did not match its corporate logo." ...Read more... Tesco denies child labour claimsThe Guardian, October 11th 2006

Children as young as 12 have been making clothes for Tesco's own-brand ranges in factories in Bangladesh, according to a report rejected by the supermarket giant.

Channel 4 News said last night that an undercover investigation of four factories in Bangladesh had found a number of children working on Tesco's Florence and Fred clothing range. ...Read more... Where to avoid Tesco: Harrogate, Shetlands, Orkney, Outer HebridesThe Guardian, October 11th 2006

Tesco is now the dominant supermarket in 81 of Britain's 121 postcode areas - up from 67 a year ago.

The rapidly increasing power of the Tesco empire is revealed in a report by retail consultants CACI, which also shows that Tesco holds second place in 24 of the remaining 40 postcode districts and is almost neck and neck with the number two supermarket in four of the remaining 16. ...Read more...

 Tesco hit by child labour rowThe Sunday Times, 8th October 2006

TESCO, Britain’s biggest retailer, has been accused of selling clothes made by two contractors in Bangladesh who are alleged to have used illegal child labour. The claims will be made on Channel 4 News tomorrow night. ...Read more... Tesco targets PortugalThe Portugal Resident, 6th October 2006

Tesco, the UK’s leading supermarket group, has its sights set on Portugal as part of its ongoing expansion plans, The Resident learned this week. ...Read more... Supermarkets accused over organic foodsThe Guardian, 5th October 2006

Supermarkets are putting pressure on organic food watchdogs to lower standards so they can fully exploit a billion-pound industry which is growing by 30% a year, according to leading figures in the movement. ...Read more... Watchdog to question TescoThe Times, 3rd October 2006

Tesco, which is expected to unveil profits today of more than £1 billion for the first half, is to meet the Competition Commission next week to answer questions on its powerful position in the grocery market. Tesco will be the last of the top four supermarkets to be questioned formally by the commission’s investigation team, which is meeting Asda and J Sainsbury on Friday. ...Read more... Tesco profits surge to £1.15bn Tesco profits juggernaut thunders onThe Guardian, 3rd October 2006

Tesco reinforced its dominance over the retail sector today, reporting a 12.5% jump in underlying profits for the first half of the year, to £1.15bn. ...read more... Record profits as Tesco tops £1bnThe Times, 3rd October 2006

Tesco, the UK's biggest supermarket group, showed another clean pair of heels to its rivals today as it delivered record first-half profits of more than £1 billion and beat City forecasts on growth. ...Read more... Tesco looks to India for new growthSunday Herald, 1st October 2006

Tesco is poised to become the first overseas company to make a breakthrough into the huge Indian grocery market as chief executive Sir Terry Leahy steps up his chase for expansion opportunities outwith the supermarket group’s more traditional areas. ...Read more... Tesco profits juggernaut thunders onThe Observer, 1st October 2006

Thousands of new jobs to be announced but MPs will sound alarm over supermarket's dominance. Tesco will this Tuesday further cement its position at the summit of British retailing with a startling profit surge and the announcement that it is to create thousands of new jobs....Read more...   Tesco takes on Microsoft in battle for software marketThe Sunday Telegraph, 1st October 2006

Tesco, the UK's biggest retailer, will go head-to-head with Microsoft, the world's largest software company, by entering the £8.5bn computer software market. The retailer will launch Tesco-branded software in 100 stores this month. ...Read more... Thailand junta warns Tesco over expansion

The Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2006

Thailand's ruling military council has warned Tesco and other major retailers that it intends restrict their expansion plans. Nearly a dozen Thai and foreign retailers met the military council yesterday to discuss a "voluntary" agreement to suspend expansion plans - drawn up by Thailand's commerce ministry before this month's coup. The meeting is understood to have ended without agreement. ...Read more...

 Wal-Mart finds more violations at foreign plantsInternational Herald Tribune, September 28th 2006

Wal-Mart Stores has reported finding a higher rate of severe violations at foreign factories last year as it stepped up inspections for labor and environmental standards in more than 60 countries where it buys clothes, toys, shoes and other products. ...Read more... Tesco thinks big for its foray into America's westThe Guardian, 22nd September 2006

Forget Tesco Express, think Tesco Fresh & Easy. Details emerged yesterday of the retailer's plans for the west of the US, where it has said it will spend £250m opening some 150 stores over the next two years. ...Read more... Preecha slams British embassy officials over alleged Lotus lobbyingThe Nation, September 20th 2006

Caretaker Deputy Commerce Minister Preecha Laohapongchana Tuesday slammed the British embassy for accompanying Tesco Lotus executives to lobby the Thai government to suspend its plan to force retail giants temporarily halt their expansion plans, pending the law to govern retail industry. ...Read more... Crunch time for Tesco in row with crisp makerThe Guardian, 18th September 2006

Tesco has bowed to the demands of a small supplier and withdrawn a product from its shelves after the supermarket was accused of "devious" behaviour in stocking a brand of crisps without the owner's permission. ...Read more... The retail revolution has arrivedThe Observer, 17th September 2006

If consumers can buy sofas at Tesco, TVs at Marks & Spencer, and anything online, where will that leave specialist stores, asks Nick Mathiason. ...Read more... Sainsbury plots to 'outgreen' TescoSunday Telegraph, 17th September 2006

J Sainsbury, the supermarket group, is to up the ante in the battle for health-conscious customers in a bid to close the growing gap in market share between itself and Tesco. ...Read more... Tesco opens doors to local growersThe Guardian, 15th September 2006

Tesco is to open regional buying offices across the country as part of its pledge to increase local sourcing and cut food miles, the company announced today. ...Read more... NCC calls on supermarkets to clean up their act to help shoppers go greenThe Retail Bulletin, 15th September 2006

Leading supermarkets need to green up their act and do more to help shoppers make greener choices. This is the finding of the first consumer-focused environmental rating, Greening supermarkets, from the National Consumer Council (NCC). ...Read more... Thailand halts Tesco expansionThe Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2006 

Supermarket chain Tesco is in crisis talks with the Thai government as it attempts to see off proposals that could scupper ambitious expansion plans. Thailand is Tesco's third largest market in the world – after Korea and the UK – generating sales of just under £1bn a year and the retailer had planned to open 170 new stores in the country this year. ...Read more... ASA upholds complaint on Tesco's claim about suppliers13th September 2006

he Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint about an advert coinciding with a store promotion in Bangor, North Wales, about local produce. The advert talked of "local" produce at the store. Tesco confirmed that this meant produce from within Wales, but the ASA judged that this was misleading as readers were likely to interpret "local" as referring to their immediate surrounding area. For more information, see the ASA website and BBC coverage. Tesco talks to enter Indian retail market to close by Oct 10Yahoo Finance,  11th September 2006

British supermarket giant Tesco and local holding firm Bharti Enterprises are to wrap up talks that would bring the first overseas grocery chain to Indian consumers, a report has said. ...Read more...

 

Swedish national pensions fund gets rid of its Wal-Mart shares, says workers' rights violations areUnion Network International, 8th September 2006

Sweden pulls its pensions money away from Wal-Mart. In a press statement issued in Stockholm yesterday, Sweden's Second National Pensions Fund - Andra AP-Fonden - says that all its shares and obligations in Wal-Mart and Wal-Mart Mexico have been sold. ...Read more... Sales of organic produce up 30% in yearThe Guardian, 2nd September 2006

· Supermarkets report dramatic rise in demand 
· Some producers say they are bullied by big stores 
...Read more...
  Capital's residents fear becoming 'Tescoburgh'The Sunday Herald, 27th August 2006

Concerned Edinburgh residents fear that the capital is being taken over by supermarket giant Tesco after planning permission was granted that could see a third store opened on as many kilometres of the city’s Colinton Road. ... Read more... Tesco tunnel fall hits Laing

Sunday Telegraph, 20th August 2006

John Laing is set to announce a fall in profits this week because of an estimated £30m claim against Tesco over the collapse of a tunnel built by the supermarket group at Gerrards Cross...read more...

 Tesco "breaching planning laws"BBC News, 18th August 2006

Supermarket chain Tesco is breaching planning conditions on some of its stores, a BBC investigation has found. Read more...
  Wine world soured as half price offers are labelled misleadinglyThe Guardian, 14th August 2006

Supermarkets and multinational wine groups are making pricing claims that bear little, or no, relation to the true value of the wine they sell, according to a leading industry executive. Read more...
   British retailer to invade California

Inland Southern California's Business Newspaper Online, 13th August, 2006

Tesco's not talking, but competitors are warned to be 'on their toes.' Tesco, the largest retailer in the United Kingdom and the fourth-largest retailer in the world, is coming to California.

Tesco Stores West Inc., a subsidiary of Tesco PLC, announced Aug. 8 that it will open a warehouse-distribution operation at Meridian Business Park in unincorporated Riverside County, according to a release by LNR Property Corp. in Newport Beach, the business park's developer..read more...

 Supermarkets plot 'Operation Braveheart'

Sunday Telegraph, 13th August 2006

Supermarkets Tesco, Asda and Aldi are locked in an unprecedented battle for land in Scotland as they plan to open hundreds of superstores over the next few years, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has revealed...read more...

 

 Tesco fails to meet Competition Commission's inquiry deadline

The Guardian, 10th August 2006

The first deadline set by the Competition Commission for its inquiry into the big grocers passes today - and Tesco will fail to meet it.

The deadline relates to stage one of the inquiry, which was announced in May. A detailed questionnaire was sent to the supermarkets at the beginning of July, with a deadline of August 10 for responses. Asda and J Sainsbury have completed all the work necessary and will be delivering their responses to the commission by midday today. Tesco - which is likely to be the main focus of the inquiry - will fail to deliver...read more...

 Tesco to lead 'non- food market'

BBC News, 9 August 2006

Tesco is set to become the UK's largest retailer of non-food goods by the end of the year, according to industry analysts Verdict Research. Tesco will leapfrog ARG, owner of Argos and Homebase, by the end of 2006 as it sells more than £6bn of non-food goods...read more...

 Tesco offers carrot to reduce use of plastic carrier bagsGuardian Unlimited, 8th August 2006

Tesco unveiled plans yesterday to offer shoppers a financial incentive to use fewer plastic carrier bags. ...Read more...  Tesco offers bonus to green conscious consumersThe Guardian, 4th August 2006

Supermarket group Tesco is to offer shoppers a financial incentive to use fewer plastic carrier bags. ...Read more... Tesco's food nutrition labels slammedLife Style Extra, 3rd August 2006

Food nutrition labels on Tesco products have been slammed by campaigners for confusing shoppers. The leading supermarket has rejected the Food Standards Agency's colour-coded "traffic light" guide showing levels of fat, sugar and salt in favour of its own. However, a Which?survey of 636 people found only 86 per cent of shoppers understood the Tesco labels, compared to 97 per cent who understood the FSA system. ...Read more... Tesco strengthens Czech positionFreshinfo, July 26th 2006

Tesco has strengthened its position in the Czech market with the acquisition of 11 Carrefour outlets in Prague for around CZK 4 billion (£96 million). ...Read more... Committee opposes Tesco lawThe Times, July 25th 2006

The Lord Chancellor’s plans for an overhaul of the legal profession to bring in "Tesco law" will lead to a state-controlled legal profession, a committee of peers and MPs warn today. ...Read more... Tesco's missed deadline stalls grocery market inquiryThe Times, 23rd July 2006

The Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery market has already stalled, with Tesco warning that it will miss the deadline for the submission of evidence. ...Read more... Poland - Tesco buys leader price chainNamNews, 17th July 2006

Tesco has bought Casino’s Polish retail chain Leader Price in a deal worth £72m. ...Read more... Tesco hit over label confusionThe Mirror, 10th July 2006

TESCO and other firms who ignored official advice on food labelling have confused shoppers, a consumer group said today. Read more... Store giants scorn new system for healthy foodThe Independent, 10th July 2006

Tesco and other companies that boycotted the new national food labelling scheme are under attack after research showed they have left shoppers confused.

Polling of 600 people for Which? ranked Tesco's way of highlighting levels of salt, sugar and fat in processed food the least helpful of four rival options. Read more...

 Editor-At-Large: Down my way are galleries, bars - and a boil called Tesco ExpressJanet Street-Porter , Independent on Sunday, 9th July 2006

Once my neighbourhood had personality - then it was "blessed" with a Tesco Express. Now, huge lorries arrive daily and unload calorie-packed sugary drinks, ready meals full of E numbers, wine and many flavours of crisps...read more... Torrington takes on TescoThe Sunday Telegraph, 9th July 2006

James Hall gauges the impact on the north Devon town of an application by the supermarket giant that is symbolic of the concerns being addressed by the Barker Review of the planning process. Read more...  Tesco considers E800m bid for Polish supermarket chain

The Business Online, 9th July 2006

Tesco, the world’s fifth largest supermarket chain, is considering making a E800m (£554m, $1.025bn) bid for the Polish retail business of its troubled French rival Casino. Earlier this year Casino, France’s second biggest supermarket group with interests in Brazil, Thailand and Vietnam, committed to selling E2bn of its international assets by the end of next year to reduce its debts...read more..

Read more... Worker pleads with Tesco to honour the fruits of her labour

The Independent, 8th July 2006

She is a modest 38-year-old single mother from South Africa who spends the fruit-growing season packing apples, pears and peaches into boxes to export to the UK. But yesterday in London, Gertruida Baartman became a spokesperson for underpaid workers throughout the developing world...read more...

 Tesco fined for Hungarian adverts

BBC News, 7th July 2006

Tesco has been fined 100m forints (£247,000) by the Hungarian competition authority for publishing misleading information in a promotional pamphlet. The regulator, known as GVH, said it investigated a claim that the retailer was selling digital cameras at a cut price and giving memory cards as gifts...read more...

 Tesco to revamp convenience stores to make them 'more subtle and welcoming'

Julia Finch, City editor, The Guardian, 7th July 2006

Tesco is promising bespoke shop fronts for Tesco Express convenience stores to try to make them more acceptable to local communities...read more...

 The South African fruit picker taking on Tesco

The Mirror, 7th July 2006

Gertruida Baartman is petrified. She has left her home and family in South Africa to come to Britain - and take on the bosses of Tesco. In an extraordinary gesture of defiance the 38-year-old fruit picker has acquired one share in the supermarket giant, which gives her access to its AGM today. She intends to tell the board of the plight of poor farm workers in her country who produce food for the UK stores - and to demand better conditions...read more...

Read more... Competition Commission to investigate BLP and Tesco

The Lawyer, 5th July 2006

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has potentially landed its largest client, Tesco, in hot water with the Competition Commission. The Competition Commission, which is already conducting a wide-ranging investigation of the grocery market, is to turn its gaze on contracts drafted by BLP between its client Tesco and the North Norfolk District Council...read more...

 NFUS seeks 'action not words' from retailers

The Scotsman, 5th July 2006

Supermarkets must act, not talk, if they are to convince suppliers they are getting a fair deal, NFU Scotland leaders told Asda this week. After the first of what is planned to be a series of meetings with the major retailers, John Kinnaird, union president, said it had been worthwhile...read more...

 

 Carrefour fined for unfair practices in S KoreaAFX News Limited, 4th July 2006

French retail group Carrefour's South Korean unit has been fined 1.39 bln won for unfair business practices, anti-trust regulators said. The Fair Trade Commission said Carrefour Korea had forced suppliers to cut prices to save some 1.737 bln won on supply orders for 10 months last year.Read more... A local consumer rebellion that carries a political lessonThe Guardian, 3rd July 2006

Labour needs to regain its optimism and insist that we don't have to bend to the anonymous forces of world markets.

Put out some flags, give a half-hearted cheer, clap a modest turning point. A group of the biggest, meanest, toughest supermarket companies in the country have failed in their latest campaign.

Read more...  Farming 'close to being lost forever'

The Telegraph, 2nd July  2006

In a devastating report being published today, Sir Stuart Hampson lays bare the crisis facing agriculture in Britain. James Hall reports on the drastic solutions he believes are needed to prevent the sector from collapsing...read more...

 Retail giants lose Sunday trading fight

Nick Mathiason, The Observer, 2nd July 2006

Ministers refuse demand for longer hours after Britain's shopkeepers fail to reach agreement. The government has blocked a proposal by a group of big retailers to get Sunday opening hours extended. Ministers will announce that they see no reason to bow to the demands of a vociferous lobby led by Asda, B&Q and Ikea. A statement could come as early as next week.

Senior Whitehall officials say the government originally supported the move but because there was no consensus among retailers it found it hard to make the case for a reform, which would have required legislation...read more...

 

 

 Tesco on mission to win over smaller producersFarmers Weekly, 29th June 2006

Growing consumer demand for healthier foods and a greater interest in local produce has prompted the UK's biggest grocery retailer to improve its relationships with smaller producers....Read more... Tesco to open at least 100 stores in U.S. debut

The Scotsman, 28th June 2006

Supermarket chain Tesco plans to open at least 100 stores during its first year in southern California, part of its ambitious plans to expand in the United States, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. Quoting an advertisement published by real estate brokers Pacific Retail Partners, the newspaper said Tesco was looking for 14,000 square feet in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties for its planned "Fresh & Easy" convenience stores...read more...

 

 The town that said no to Tesco The Guardian, 28th June 2006

Eight years ago, the Suffolk town of Saxmundham said no to a giant new Tesco. Today, local shops and suppliers are thriving, and campaigners are claiming a victory for individuality and the quality of life. But are things really that rosy?

Read more... Supermarket probe opens complaint floodgates

Independent on Sunday, 25th June 2006

Farmers in front of queue at Competition Commission

The £95bn grocery sector is facing a rough ride from the Competition Commission as submissions detailing its many alleged failings start to flood in...read more...

 Tesco’s land deals lock out competitorsSunday Times, 25th June 2006
 
LAWYERS for Tesco have admitted that the supermarket chain has signed controversial contracts with a number of local councils that bar them from selling land to other supermarket chains...read more....
  WI wants wider retail probe

Sunday Telegraph, 25th June 2006

The Women's Institute has called on the Competition Commission to widen its investigation of the grocery sector to include all areas of retail, rather than just food. It also wants a regulatory body appointed to act as a permanent watchdog on the sector...read more...

 

 Tesco shifts focus as foreign business boomsCEE - Foodindustry.com, 16th June 2006

Tesco is set to concentrate on international expansion this year – applying a “local” approach to the six million sq. feet of new foreign retail space it opens in a bid to boost sales.

Britain's largest retailer said Wednesday that international sales were up 15.1 per cent, while overall domestic sales rose 9 per cent for the 12 weeks ending 27 May. ...read more... Tesco still sends out right signals even to nervous investorsThe Times, 15th June 2006

THE market carnage of the past five weeks has understandably led investors to seek out bargains. Surely, the thinking goes, some excellent blue chips must have been unfairly dragged down by the general selling malaise? Some, no doubt. But not all. Take Tesco. As the chart shows, the share price is actually up since May 10, the day on which the overall market started its precipitate slide. ...read more...  School plan boost as Tesco ends objectionYorkshire Evening Post, 5th June 2006 

A school in Kirklees could be rebuilt within a year after supermarket giant Tesco dropped its opposition to the plans.

Staff at Whitecliffe Road First & Nursery School in Cleckheaton have been waiting for a new building for more than a decade.

Read more...  Tesco surges ahead in supermarkets battle

Ireland On-Line, 1st June 2006

Supermarket giants Asda and Sainsbury’s continued to slug it out for share of the UK grocery market today. Market research firm TNS Worldpanel said Asda clung on to the number-two spot with a 16.4% slice of the market in the 12 weeks to May 21 while Sainsbury’s took 16%. But despite year-on-year growth of 4% at Asda and 5% at Sainsbury’s, both firms lagged well behind Tesco, which increased its market share to an all-time high of 31.1% with an annual growth rate of 8%...read more...

 

 Tesco to take over Carrefour's Czech supermarkets from tomorrow

AFX News Limited, 30th May 2006

UK-based supermarket giant Tesco PLC will take over 11 Czech hypermarkets owned by French counterpart, Carrefour SA, from tomorrow as part of a much wider reshaping of their global activities announced last year, Tesco's spokeswoman told the CTK news agency...read more...

 Probe into supermarket sites

The Sunday Times, 28th May 2006

The Competition Commission has quizzed supermarkets on their relationship with property developers, amid growing concern about the power of Tesco and other supermarket chains. The move comes as the regulator begins its inquiry into the power of Britain’s largest chains: Tesco, Asda, J Sainsbury and Wm Morrison... read more...

 

 Tesco to spark PC price war

Mail on Sunday, 28th May 2006

Tesco is set to spark a price war in the £1bn -a-year personal computer market by offering a permanent range of major brand products. The assault will start at more than 50 Tesco Extra stores offering up to 20 notebook and desktop PC packages from manufacturers including Samsung, Toshiba, Gateway, eMachines and Acer. The move marks the latest expansion of Britain's biggest supermarket chain into nonfood products and will send a chill through the beleaguered High Street electrical sector... read more...

 

 

 Pay for Tesco chief jumps nearly 25%

The International Herald Tribune, 29th May 2006
 
The British supermarket chain Tesco increased the compensation of its chief executive, Terry Leahy, by almost 25 percent in its last fiscal year, after sales rose 17 percent and it topped Metro to become Europe's second-biggest retailer.
 
All told, Leahy was paid £3.98 million, or $7.4 million, in salary, bonus and other benefits in the year ended Feb. 25, according to Tesco's annual report, released Saturday. He was paid £3.19 million in fiscal 2005. Leahy's basic salary climbed 5.8 percent to £1.1 million...read more...

 

 Superstores may cost jobs, campaigners claim

Katie Kilgallen, Retail Week, 22nd May 2006
 
Street markets can create twice as many jobs as big superstores, a study alleges.

The report, which focuses on Queen’s Market at Upton Park, east London, found that the market created double the number of jobs per square foot of retail space as a typical supermarket. Queen’s Market employs 508 people....read more....

 Tesco plans Fresh & Easy launch for US

Jonathan Birchall and Elizabeth Rigby, The Financial Times, May 18, 2006

Tesco, the UK supermarket retailer, plans to launch stores in the US grocery market under the "Tesco Fresh & Easy" banner when it makes its entrance there next year...read more...

 

 The big chains all want to be green grocers - but it's nothing to do with that inquiry

Julia Finch, The Guardian, May 18, 2006

Ecology replaces price as the selling point that aims to win shoppers' loyalty

For years the supermarkets' main battleground has been price: "every little helps", "everyday low prices", "value to shout about" and "Asda price" have been their cries. But in recent months they have found a new territory to tussle over: the environment...read more...

 

 Tesco fined for out-of-date food

BBC news, 16 May 2006

Tesco has been fined £7,000 for selling out-of-date food in one of its stores in Bridgend, south Wales....read more....

 Time to check out the big four

Sunday Telegraph, 14th May 2006

Supermarkets face a backlash - just as the OFT launches a probe of them, say James Hall and Robert Watts

The vast majority of Britain's consumers want the Government to take action to curb the powers of supermarkets, according to a new ICM poll conducted last week. The survey, which polled 1,000 people on behalf of the charity War on Want, found that 83 per cent wanted to see new laws to redress the balance of power between stores such as Tesco, Asda and J Sainsbury and their employees, as well as their suppliers...read more....

 

 Tesco pledges to build up community links

Sarah Butler, The Times, May 11, 2006

Tesco promised to consult local communities on every new superstore as the country’s largest supermarket chain fought to improve its image before a two-year investigation into the grocery sector by the competition watchdog...read more...

 Expect more surprises in the copper bubble

Nils Pratley, The Guardian, May 11, 2006

There is joy over every sinner that repents. So it's wonderful news that Tesco will no longer park its juggernaughts in bus lanes, will switch entirely to biodegradable plastic bags and no longer wants to open its stores around the clock on Sundays.

It would also be churlish to point to the coincidence that Sir Terry Leahy's "good neighbour" reforms were announced a day after the supermarket industry was referred to the Competition Commission...read more...

 

 Tesco plans to be green and a good neighbour

Julia Finch, The Guardian, Thursday May 11, 2006

Tesco yesterday set out a 10-point plan designed to improve its image and underline its green credentials in an attempt to address mounting consumer concern over the giant supermarket group's power...read more...

 

 

 Supermarkets in the dock

Chris White, Eurofruit.com, April 2006

Supermarkets need to be careful because they’re in real danger of being legislated against.

This is one of the conclusions you’re bound to draw from the latest round of stories to have been making the headlines in the UK in the last few weeks. And, before you charge us with Anglocentricism, it is worth saying that what happens to supermarkets in the UK is important for the rest of Europe, both because it sets an important precedent for Europeans and because UK supermarkets are generally acknowledged to have set the standard in so many areas across Europe since the early 1990s...read more.....
 

 Tesco U-turn over Sunday hours

Jonanathan Prynn, Evening Standard, 10 May 2006

TESCO today performed a U-turn on its bid for unregulated Sunday trading as it launched a fightback against its growing public image as a ruthless ' small-shop killer'.

It pulled out of a campaign for 'open all hours' trading on Sunday, saying it had found its customers did not want it. Separately, its £3.2m-a-year chief executive Sir Terry Leahy will make a keynote speech saying the firm is committed to helping local communities....read more......
 

 Super probe into big stores starts

Jonathan Prynn, Evening Standard, 9 May 2006 

THE biggest investigation of supermarkets and their impact on Britain's ailing high streets is launched today.

 In a major victory for the Evening Standard's Save Our Small Shops campaign, a watchdog has agreed to an inquiry into claims that the 'big four' store chains abuse their power to kill off small independents....read more.....

 Land deals behind Tescopoly

Sean Poulter, Daily Mail, 4 May 2006

DAMNING evidence has emerged that Tesco is trying to kill competition and prevent rivals from building stores. Britain's richest retailer is accused of using its financial muscle to create a land bank....read more.....

 Size matters

James Hall, Sunday Telegraph, 30 April 2006

Far from being cowed by the pending OFT inquiry into the UK's 'big four' grocers, Tesco - the biggest of them all by far - is aiming to expand aggressively. In an exclusive investigation, James Hall reveals that Tesco has submitted more than twice as many local authority planning applications as its nearest rival...read more....

 Net protest delays grocery inquiry

Teena Lyons, Mail on Sunday, 30 April 2006

AN internet campaign orchestrated by supermarket protest groups has forced a delay to the long-awaited Office of Fair Trading decision to refer the £95bn-a-year grocery market to the Competition Commission. Hundreds of protesters have used online forms on the Tescopoly website to lobby the OFT after an analysis of the sector published last month....read more.....

 Tesco falls foul of Slovak government

Food Navigator.com, 2 May 2006

Following revelations last year that several foreign supermarket chains were selling out-of-date meat products in their Central and Eastern European (CEE) stores, the Slovak government has launched criminal proceedings against Tesco....read more.....

 Tesco accused of going green to boost reputation

 Rosie Murray-West and Harry Wallop, Daily Telegraph, April 26, 2006

Tesco tried yesterday to pre-empt criticism that it had become too powerful by announcing a raft of environmental measures along with its record profits.

The company, under fire for forcing local shops out of business and buying up land to deter competitors, said it would spend £100 million of the £2.2 billion profit it made last year on environmental improvements....read more....

 Tesco to concentrate on short-term investor return?

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Tesco to concentrate on short-term investor return? 
The Independent, April 26 2006

By agreeing to the sale and leaseback of up to £5bn worth of freehold property, Tesco seems finally to be bowing to pressure from shareholders for a more immediate return on their money....read more.....

 Tesco's £2bn profit raises concern over supermarket's high street dominance

Tesco's £2bn profit raises concern over supermarket's high street dominance 
Terry Kirby, The Independent, April 25, 2006

It began as Jack Cohen's market stall in the East End of London less than 100 years ago. Now, Tesco is a retail behemoth, with more than 1,000 stores dominating the physical and consumer landscape of Britain, their tills accounting for almost one-third of the nation's spending on groceries....read more.....

 Tesco profits rise to £2.2bn but sales growth slows

 Susie Mesure, The Independent,  April 28,  2006

Tesco has bowed to shareholder pressure and pledged to hand more cash back by releasing up to £5bn from its £24bn-plus property estate over the next five years....read more.....

 Eco Soundings : You win some

James Meikle and David Adam, The Guardian, April 26, 2006

Crashing stable doors could be heard reverberating around Whitehall recently as John Prescott's office finally closed a loophole that allowed supermarkets to hugely increase the size of their out-of-town stores without planning permission. Companies have been merrily adding an extra floor to developments, as from the outside the buildings still looked the same. The change was announced after Friends of the Earth wrote to 350 planning authorities, of which a measly 75 replied. But of those, 24 listed between them nearly 60 mezzanine developments in the past two years. And which supermarket profited the most from the loophole?....read more....

 Property could trip up Tescopoly

Nils Pratley, The Guardian, April 26, 2006

Tesco's shareholders need not worry yet. Acres of hostile coverage in the press and the arrival of the word Tescopoly into dinner party conversation seem to have had precisely zero effect on the group's financial performance. Sales growth in Britain was almost 11%, implying a like-for-like improvement of 7.5%. The last few weeks have failed to match that pace, but Tesco has such momentum, especially in non-food lines, that the only way to imagine it slipping up is regulatory interference...read more....

 Chain rings up £2.2bn profit as inquiry looms

Julia Finch, The Guardian, April 26, 2006

· Supermarket to cash in £5bn from land holdings
· Competition body to look at pricing and property

The Tesco supermarket group revealed a plan yesterday to release £5bn from its property portfolio as it announced a 17% leap in profits, to £2.2bn, in one of the most challenging years on the high street...read more...

 Tesco ... every little frog helps

The Guardian, April 26 2006

Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket chain, announced a record £2.2bn profit yesterday - 17% up on last year's level - from worldwide sales of £42bn. But with its grip on the UK market coming under increasing criticism, its strategy for future expansion lies overseas. Yesterday it unveiled its first profit - £2m, but with hopes for much, much more - from China ....read more....

 Tesc grow

Stephen Hayward, The Sunday Mirror, April 23, 2006

Tesc grow 
£2BN profit.. as 1,000 small shops shut

Supermarket giant Tesco is facing a new backlash after notching up record profits of £2.2billion... while another 1,000 corner shops are driven out of business. Figures to be announced on Tuesday show that the giant chain is making £251,000 every hour and £70 every second, with profits up £200million on last year. A separate study shows Tesco now has the biggest slice of grocery sales in 67 of Britain's 120 postal districts...read more...

 Shop for a home

The Sunday Mirror, April 23, 2006

SUPERMARKETS are to start selling houses on the internet. Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco are said to be planning schemes which would undercut the commission charged by estate agents. Sellers would pay as little as £50 to have details and photos of their properties put on websites. They would decide the asking price by browsing a database of similar properties in their area...read more...

 

 Guerrillas of WI battle Tesco giant

Denis Campbell, The Observer,  March 26, 2006

After 90 years of jam-making, flower-arranging, choruses of 'Jerusalem' (and the odd risqué calendar), the normally genteel Women's Institute has a new hobby: harrying Tesco managers with the shires' equivalent of guerrilla warfare....read more....

 The town that was eaten by Tesco

The Sunday Herald, March 19, 2006

 This roundabout spur near Inverness could soon be a huge Tesco – the fourth such store in and around the city. Is it really what the local economy needs? Not according to traditional shopkeepers. Torcuil Crichton went to investigate...read more...

 

 Sainsbury walks out in bias row

Richard Fletcher, The Times, March 17, 2006

J Sainsbury has suspended its membership of the British Retail Consortium, the retail industry’s trade body. The move is a blow for the BRC and comes at a crucial time for the sector, which is facing a Competition Commission inquiry into the power of the supermarkets...read more...

 OFT warns supermarket giants on delivery prices.

The Scotsman, March 17, 2006

ASDA, Sainsbury and Tesco have been told by the Office of Fair Trading to sharpen up their act when it comes to promoting offers on their sites. The OFT received complaints from customers that prices charged for groceries on delivery were different from those advertised on websites...read more...

 We are number two for Tesco

Milton Keynes Today, March 14, 2006

TESCO has nearly 50 per cent of the total grocery market share in Milton Keynes – making the city the second biggest 'Tesco town' in the UK. The news comes as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) raises concerns about the supermarket giant's domination of the marketplace in the city. At present Milton Keynes has two-storey Tesco Extras at both Bletchley and Kingston, a one-storey supermarket at Wolverton, plus a number of Tesco Express stores, many of which were previously One-Stop shops...read more...

 Regulator scraps magazime distribution proposal

The Herald, March 14, 2006

News and magazine publishers, as well as thousands of small newsagents, yesterday welcomed the withdrawal by the Office of Fair Trading of its view that UK magazine distribution falls foul of EU competition law...read more...

 The competition authorities have been taken over by the superstore

George Monbiot, The Guardian, March 14, 2006

The domination of companies like Tesco and Wal-Mart is the result of a regulatory failure fully endorsed by New Labour. After wriggling its way through every possible excuse for inaction, last week the Office of Fair Trading decided to launch an inquiry into the behaviour of the big grocery chains. It's about time. But alongside it we need another one: into whether the OFT, like almost everything else in this country, has itself been taken over by the superstores. The problem the competition authorities are investigating - the dominance of companies like Tesco and Wal-Mart - is the result of 25 years of regulatory failure...read more...

 

 Tesco axes 432 jobs at distribution centre

The Scotsman, March 14, 2006

Dundee was reeling from a jobs blow last night after it was revealed that more than 400 are to go at a Tesco distribution centre.The supermarket giant announced plans to close its depots in Dundee and Livingston and replace them with a new single "super" depot in the West Lothian town as part of a £75 million investment to meet increasing demand...read more...

 Clampdown on grocers 'could kill bills by £1bn'

Nick Mathiason, The Observer, March 12, 2006

Consumers could see at least £1bn wiped off their annual grocery bills if the food market is reformed following a competition probe, the boss of the Office of Fair Trading said this weekend...read more...

 Tesco owns more than half the unbuilt UK supermarket sites

Abigail Townsend, The Observer, March 12, 2006

Competition Commission probes dominance by stores giant which would give it 45% of the grocery market. Tesco has amassed more than half of the big four supermarkets' land bank, putting it on course for a bruising battle with the Competition Commission. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said last week it was referring the £95bn grocery market to the commission...read more...

 Supermarket probe to cost stores £40m

James Hall, The Indepedent, March 12, 2006

Britain's supermarkets are expected to be stung with a bill of £40m in the wake of the Competition Commission's investigation into the grocery sector.Retail executives estimate that the money - which is double the £20m the sector spent during a similar probe six years ago - will be largely spent on legal, accountancy and public relations fees.Tesco alone is expected to have to fork out at least £7m on fees, although some retail insiders have suggested that the amount could be double this...read more...

 

 The Tesco Kid prepares to take on the world

The Times, March 12, 2006

Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy has not yet exercised his privilege to herd sheep through the centre of Liverpool but, if he does, it will be regarded only as further proof that the supermarket giant can get away with anything...read more...

 The competition authorities have been taken over by the superstoresThe Guardian, March 14th 2006

The domination of companies like Tesco and Wal-Mart is the result of a regulatory failure fully endorsed by New Labour. 
...Read more... Tesco will bear the brunt of supermarkets inquiry

Richard Fletcher and Matthew Goodman, The Times, March 12, 2006

New competition probe will focus on development sites. Only hours after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced it intended to refer the grocery sector to the Competition Commission for a full inquiry, Britain’s retailers were busy preparing their defences...read more...

 

 

 

 Stuff Tesco. Some things are more important than low prices

Terry Durack, The Independent, March 12, 2006

I am miffed. Living in Notting Hill, I had been protected from the power of the "Big Four" (Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Asda). Then the Europa around the corner was closed, only to re-emerge as a Tesco Metro. Initially, I embraced it. They got me in the door with their amazing deals. I signed up to a Tesco card, and I wondered what all the anti-supermarket fuss was about. Now I know...read more...

 

 Big UK grocers face competition probe

The Sydney Herald, March 11, 2006

British supermarkets may be forced to sell off development sites and scale back expansion plans after the Office of Fair Trading on Friday signalled a competition inquiry into the UK's big four grocers. The office said supermarkets had driven through price cuts and improved quality and choice but there was evidence they had erected barriers to keep out new players and their move into convenience stores could distort competition and harm consumers...read more...

 

 Tesco takes on California's supersizers

John Arlidge in Santa Monica, The Telegraph, March 11, 2006

Retailer is praying that rich Americans desert their anodyne megamarkets for a store down the road selling strawberries...read more...

 

 Supermarkets adopt political tactics to counter local opponents

Roger Blitz and Elizabeth Rigby, The Financial Times, March 11 2006

Supermarkets and property developers have borrowed techniques from political campaigning for their battles against people trying to block their plans. Planning issues were at the centre of the Office of Fair Trading's announcement this week that it was threatening Tesco and other supermarkets with a full-scale Competition Commission investigation...read more...

 Supermarkets fight: Round 1 to the little guy

Susie Mesure, Retail Correspondent, The Independent, March 10, 2006

Independent sector toasts OFT's 'landmark' ruling. Inquiry is industry's third in six years. It has been pitched as a battle between David and Goliath. And yesterday round one in the fight between the dwindling neighbourhood store sector and the four bully-boys of food retailing was won decisively by the little guy, after the Office of Fair Trading bowed to pressure and signalled its intention to order a fresh investigation into Britain's £95bn grocery market...read more...

 

 Supermarket competition inquiry may break stranglehold of big four

Julia Finch and Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian, March 10, 2006

Expansion plans of Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and Morrison under threat. Supermarkets may be forced to sell off development sites and scale back expansion plans after the Office of Fair Trading yesterday signalled a full scale competition inquiry into the UK's "big four" grocers...read more....

 Store Wars

Matt Withers, Wales on Sunday, March 5, 2006

A rugby ground in Carmarthen prepares for the bulldozers. Traders in a North Wales market town fear for their futures. And farmers claim they face ruin as they struggle to get a fair price for their produce. Now groups of people with usually little in common - eco-warriors and small businessmen - are uniting across Wales to take on one common 'enemy': supermarket giant Tesco...read more...

 Tesco ready for world conquest

Richard Fletcher, The Sunday Times, March 5, 2006

Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, had reason to celebrate last week, when on the eve of his 50th birthday the supermarket group’s share price hit an all-time high of 342½p...read more...

 EU trade chief raises UK supermarket power fears

Reuters, February 27, 2006 

European Commissioner for Trade Peter Mandelson echoed the concerns of many farmers on Monday that the market power of giant British supermarket chains could be contributing to a drop in farm incomes...read more...

 Supermarket tree protest ends

The Times,  February 28, 2006

Protesters who spent 16 days in trees in an attempt to prevent them being cut down to make way for a supermarket in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, have been evicted from the site. The 50 activists constructed tree houses and walkways in branches in protest at the proposed felling of 180 trees...read more...

 Tesco chief fights his corner

Russell Hotten, The Times,  February 27, 2006

Tesco's chief executive Sir Terry Leahy has dismissed a highly critical report by a group of MPs that claimed his supermarket was ruining the high street and eroding choice...read more...

 Anti-Tesco campaigners launch an online attack

Sarah Woods, This is Local London, February 25, 2006

PROTESTERS against Tesco in St Margarets have decided every little helps as they unite with other campaigners on a new anti-supermarket website Tescopoly.

The Twickenham store has come under fire several times by campaigners concerned about the deliveries by large lorries and the fact they feel it is taking over from the "village" community...read more...

 Tree protesters take on the might of Tesco

Oliver Duff, The Independent, February 25, 2006

Oliver Carter is 40ft up and firmly ensconced in his tarpaulin tree home. He shows no sign of moving somewhere more comfortable - despite the snow and a court order authorising his immediate removal.

The 20 or so protesters perched high up in giant Scots pines, oaks and sycamores, or digging tunnels through the earth below, are preparing for the moment bailiffs try just that. Because this muddy, brambled copse in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, wedged between a disused shoe factory and an industrial estate, is the latest front in the battle against Tesco's seemingly relentless expansion.

What started as a one-man eco-war against the supermarket's controversial plan to build a new store has quickly sucked in other radical conservationists...read more...

 

 Tesco rejects FJB call for inquiry into supermarkets

This is North Scotland, February 21, 2006

A Business pressure group called yesterday for an official inquiry into the dominance of supermarkets in Scotland's grocery market. The Forum for Private Business (FPB) claims Tesco is tightening its "stranglehold" on the grocery market north of the border...read more...

 

 Every little protest helps: campaigners unite in bid to cut Tesco down to size

Paul Lewis, The Guardian, February 22, 2006

An eco-warrior in Somerset is suspended 18 metres (60ft) above ground between the branches of a Scots pine. A typist from Stockport has drafted the latest in a series of complaints about her oversized local supermarket. And a vicar on the Essex island of West Mersea is warning parishioners about the unsustainability of international food trade...read more...

 

Giants stalk the high street

Lyndsey Turner, The Guardian, February 21, 2006

Is it fair that Tesco takes £1 of every £8 spent in the UK? Your pupils may have a view. Tesco, Britain's number one supermarket chain, is planning to make inroads into the £345bn US grocery market with a new chain of Californian stores based on the Tesco Express model. The proposals, launched as Sainsbury's made public its plans to open a series of in-store GPs' surgeries, have provoked further debate on the future of retailing. The dominance of the top five supermarkets in the UK is such that a committee of MPs has called for action to limit their control of the market, redressing the balance of economic power in favour of smaller grocery stores...read more...

 

 Supermarkets to carve up high street

Jack Grimston, The Sunday Times, February 19, 2006

BRITAIN’S leading supermarkets are preparing a new wave of expansion from their out-of-town bases into the high street in defiance of MPs’ warnings that their growth is destroying the fabric of local communities...read more...

 

 Janet Street-Porter: I'm still trying to break the Tesco habit

The Independent, February 16, 2006

Unfortunately, most of us are hypocrites who want a diversity of local shops but still visit superstores. I have been trying to wean myself off Tesco, but it isn't easy. I spent an hour in the car this week driving to their Northallerton branch in North Yorkshire to return a faulty CD player. The last piece of electronic equipment I bought at Tesco, a DVD player, also had to be returned. Surely supermarket shopping is one of the most insidious forms of addiction there is...read more...

 

 OFT's new chief aims to loosen grip of regulation

Sarah Butler, The Times,  February 16, 2006

The new head of the Office of Fair Trading is determined to force the Government to open up highly regulated markets, such as pharmacies and taxis, for the benefit of consumers. John Fingleton, who became chief executive of the OFT in October last year, says that the regulator’s role should be to force the Government to get rid of protectionist legislation...read more...

 

 Farm leaders to meet Tesco regularly after tough talks

Daily Post, February 16, 2006

REGULAR meetings between Welsh farm leaders and supermarket giant Tesco are being lined up after a "no holds barred" discussion in Cardiff between the company and representatives from NFU Cymru, Hybu Cig Cymru and the Farmers' Union of Wales. Both sides agreed to stay tight-lipped about the debate but Glyn Davies AM, who chaired the meeting, said it had been "constructive". He said: "I firmly believe farmers and supermarkets need each other...read more...

 Supermarkets threaten Asian corner shops in Britain

Web India, February 15, 2006 
 
Thousands of Asian-owned corner shops - one of the most visible symbols of multiculturalism across Britain - are likely to be wiped out due to the pricing strategies of big supermarket chains, according to a study of the retail industry published Wednesday. Most of the convenience shops are owned by people with origins in the Indian sub-continent who arrived in Britain from Uganda in the early 1970s. Many have been struggling to survive due to low prices in nearby supermarkets...read more...

 MPs seek action to save small shops from wipeout

Rosie Murray-West, The Telegraph, February 16, 2006

Small shops could be wiped out by supermarkets in less than a decade, a group of MPs said yesterday...read more...

 

 Internet campaign aims to curb Tesco power

Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent, the Independent, February 16, 2006

An increasingly bitter campaign is being waged against Tesco by an umbrella alliance of campaigners, trade unionists, environmentalists and charities protesting at its "devastating" impact on communities. Campaigners opened a new front against the retail giant yesterday by helping local people organise opposition to planning applications through a new website, Tescopoly. The site attacks Tesco's record on workers' rights, farming, the environment and local retailing. Opposition to the march of the supermarkets - led by Tesco - is intensifying and threatening to become a political issue...read more..

 

 Internet campaign slams British retail giant

Martin Hickman, the New Zealand Herald, February 16, 2006
 
An increasingly bitter campaign is being waged against UK retailer Tesco by an umbrella alliance of campaigners, trade unionists, environmentalists and charities protesting at its "devastating" impact on communities. Campaigners opened a new front yesterday against the retail giant by helping local people organise opposition to planning applications through a new website, Tescopoly...read more...

 

 UK: Pressure group says tide is turning against supermarkets

just-food.com, February 15, 2006
 
As pressure mounts for a Competition Commission review of the supermarket sector, a pressure group has stepped up its campaign to help local communities resist the opening of supermarkets in their areas...read more...

 

 Anti-Tesco campaign on the web

Amy Iggulden, The Telegraph, February 15, 2006

Protesters against the supermarket giant Tesco will unveil a national internet project today designed to create organised campaigns of resistance...read more...

 Waitrose backs supermarket probe

Harry Wallop, The Telegraph, February 15, 2006

There is mounting pressure on the Office of Fair Trading to recommend a full-scale inquiry into the growing power of supermarkets after Waitrose surprisingly threw its weight behind a Parliamentary attack on the sector...read more ...

 

 Ideas for a shops tsar is not so crazy

The Guardian, February 15, 2006

The All-Parliamentary Small Shops Group is not the first body to champion the cause of small shopkeepers against the "monopolistic" power of supermarkets but its report today introduces a novel idea - a retail regulator, or "tsar". This is radical stuff: indeed, so radical that the chance of it being adopted as government policy must be slim. But it's not so crazy. Nobody seriously quibbles with the idea that our electricity, water and train companies should be regulated. It is not just that the supply of train lines or water pipes is naturally limited; it is that these businesses affect all of us...read more...

 

 

 10 years to save the high street, MPs warn

Fiona Walsh, The Guardian, February 15, 2006

The big supermarket chains will start raising prices after achieving saturation point in the high street by wiping out small local shops, according to a major investigation into the retail industry...read more...

 

 

 MPs demand a halt to supermarket acquisitions

Martin Hickman, The Independent,  February 15, 2006

MPs are demanding that all new supermarket mergers and acquisitions be halted by ministers until they can ensure the survival of small shops. After a seven-month investigation, a committee of MPs forecasts today that many independent shops - particularly convenience stores, petrol stations and newsagents - will shut by 2015, battered by the dominance of the big grocers. The All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group has demanded the appointment of an independent regulator to conduct an inquiry into the behaviour of supermarkets and maintain a "vibrant, diverse and sustainable retail sector" ...read more...

 

 Rise of the Clone Street

Michael Clarke, This is Money, February 15, 2006

THE UK'S High Streets are becoming a cloned from town to town with large chains squeezing small retailers out of business. A Government committee has warned that small retailers are doomed unless there is a moratorium on retail mergers. The All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group's findings, released in the High Street Britain: 2015 report, accused the Big Four supermarkets of aggressive tactics and said that newsagents and petrol stations were unlikley to survive over the next nine years...read more...

 

 Welsh Assembly to co-ordinate supermarket talks

First 4 Farming, February 13, 2006

The Welsh Assembly is to co-ordinate a series of meetings between farming union leaders and top supermarket managers. The talks will be chaired by Glyn Davies AM, the Powys farmer who chairs the Assemblys rural affairs committee. The presidents of both unions plan to attend as many of the sessions as possible and the first, with Tesco bosses, was scheduled to take place in Cardiff on Wednesday, 9 Feb...read more...

 

 

 

 British supermarket Tesco buys 27 stores in Czech Republic

Channel News Asia, February 13, 2006

Tesco, the world's third biggest retailer, said it was buying 27 of the 38 stores owned by German retailer Edeka in the Czech Republic, for an undisclosed sum. The announcement came one day after Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, unveiled plans to take on number one Wal-Mart on its own turf by entering the US market in 2007...read more...

 Asda fined for trying to make workers quit union

David Hencke, The Guardian, February 11, 2006

The US-owned Asda Wal-Mart supermarket group has been ordered to pay £850,000 for breaking new trade union laws by offering illegal inducements to workers to quit the GMB union. Some 340 drivers and warehouse men at a Washington, Durham, distribution depot were offered a 10% pay rise if they left the union. The members rejected the offer and later took a 5% pay offer. A tribunal in Newcastle ruled yesterday that the company had breached legislation introduced in 2004. The company was ordered to pay every worker at the depot £2,500 in compensation...read more...

 MPs demand tough retail regulator

James Hall,  The Telegraph, February 12, 2006

An influential group of 80 MPs will this week call for an independent retail regulator, with far broader powers than the Office of Fair Trading, to be set up to curb the unchecked growth of the UK's largest store groups...read more...

 

 High Street, Clone Town, 2015

Nick Mathiason, The Observer, February 12, 2006

On Wednesday, MPs will declare that by 2015 - the 200th anniversary of Waterloo - the country that Napoleon called a nation of shopkeepers will have only a handful of independent retailers. Unless, that is, the government acts to thwart the power of the supermarkets. It will be the most high-profile report into the future of the high street for years. Its effect could signal moves by government to halt its decline...read more...

 

 MPs call for watchdog to curb power of supermarkets

Nick Mathiason, The Observer, February 12, 2006

MPs will this week demand the government introduce a new retail regulator with powers to prevent supermarkets abusing the planning system and force them to act fairly to suppliers. In a hard-hitting report to be published on Wednesday into the future of the high street, the All-Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group will say that the retail market needs a dedicated regulator and that its absence is skewing the market in favour of the big four supermarkets...read more...

 

 Tesco's market share still rising

BBC News, February 9, 2006

Tesco has put further distance between itself and its competitors over the past three months, according to the industry's leading sales survey. Its share of UK supermarket sales rose to 30.6% in the 12 weeks to 29 January, up from 30.5% in the previous quarter, according to market research firm TNS. Tesco has had a successful year - its market share up from 29% a year ago...read more...

 

 

 TESCO talks

The Budapest Sun, February 9, 2006

Sapermarket giant TESCO is in talks with Domus, the furniture unit of Hungarian retail group Fotex, looking to rent its properties, business daily Napi Gazdaság reported on Tuesday (Feb 7). TESCO confirmed the news but declined to give details on the negotiations. Domus has 26 stores...read more...

 

 Tesco heads to the U.S.

www.sharecast.com, February 9, 2006

Supermarket giant Tesco will open a string of new convenience stores next year, marking its first step into the US market. Store openings will start on the West Coast in 2007, with Tesco spending £250m per year, it said in today's company statement. The venture will be financed by "existing resources, with break-even expected by the end of the second full year of operation,” Tesco said. Tesco has made little secret in the past of its desire to move into the US market. Today it said the new format for the American market will be modelled on Tesco's Express...read more...

 Tesco brand loyalty declines

Lucy Warwick-Ching, Financial Times, February 8, 2006

Consumers are rebelling against the market dominance of large supermarket chains with brand loyalty declining among shoppers. A study of consumer attitudes to the top nine UK supermarkets and food retail chains, carried out by Millward Brown, the brand market research consultancy, found that while Tesco remains the most popular brand in its sector, it is not keeping its customers loyal. The agency found the supermarket giant's "brand voltage" - its ability to convert customer awareness into bonding and loyalty - fell sharply from 5.7 in 2003 to just 1.9 last year...read more...

 

 Unions attack supermarket check-up plan

Personnel Today, February 8, 2006

Health service unions have attacked government plans to allow supermarkets and other retailers to employ nurses and healthcare professionals. The government's new health White Paper, published last week, suggested a 'check-up at the checkout' scheme as a way to provide more accessible primary care...read more...

 Scottish independent retailers in "dramatic decline"

www.irn-talkingshop.co.uk , February 6, 2006

 Almost one in five independent retailers has closed in Scotland in the last six years, according to dramatic new figures, which reveal the extent to which the sector has shrunk in the face of fierce competition from the multiples. The research, from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Scotland, found that over 1,600 independently-owned retailers, including 420 newsagents and confectioners has shut their doors during a period that has seen rapid supermarket growth...read more...

 MPs attack Tesco on 'secret' deals

Vincent Moss, The Sunday Mirror,  February 5, 2006

Tesco will be forced to to reveal exactly how much they pay for their goods under plans to be unveiled this week. A powerful group of MPs believe the supermarket chain uses its financial muscle to put the squeeze on suppliers and pay them the lowest possible price. They want to create a "level playing field" where smaller retail chains and corner shops will know what Tesco pay suppliers and be able to cut a better deal themselves...read more...

 

 Asda boss urges OFT to curb Tesco's growth

Julia Finch, The Guardian, February 4, 2006

Asda is urging the Office of Fair Trading to wrap up its inquiry into supermarket activity in the convenience store sector and focus instead on tightening the planning laws to curtail the runaway growth of rival Tesco...read more...

 MPs declare war on the supermarket giants

Nick Mathiason, The Observer, January 29, 2006

MPs will demand a series of Draconian curbs on the power of the supermarkets in a hard-hitting report into the future of the high street to be published next week. The report by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group will call for the Office of Fair Trading to trigger a full-blown investigation into the supermarket sector...read more...

 

 

 Carry on, gangmaster

Felicity Lawrence, The Guardian, January 27, 2006

Government ideologues are blocking a law aimed at stopping a repeat of the Morecambe Bay tragedy. Thirteen instances of bonded or forced labour; 28 examples of illegal employment of children and young workers; 40 cases of illegal deductions from pay; 34 breaches of the law on the status of foreign workers; and any number of the usual abuses over excessive hours. These bald statistics from a new audit of 164 gangmasters who provide casual labour to the food and farming industry in Britain cannot begin to convey the human misery that is still routine for migrant workers in this country today...read more...

 Tesco extends market dominance

Brian O’Mahony, Irish Examiner, January 18, 2006

Supermarket giant Tesco has increased its Irish market share further from 25.8% to 26.4% in 2005. Its closest rival, Musgraves of Cork, is also understood to have boosted its figures placing it about 4% behind the British multi-national in the Irish economy...read more...

 

 Tesco sales hit record levels

The Telegraph, January 17, 2006

Supermarket giant Tesco outpaced its rivals over Christmas as sales grew to record levels, driven by its premium food range Tesco Finest and growth in home entertainment, electronics and gifts...read more...
 

 Tesco accused of 'near monopoly'

BBC News,  January 17, 2006

Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket giant, has been accused of having a near monopoly in the Highland city of Inverness. The city currently has three stores and a fourth is planned in the Holm area. Local Lib Dem MP Danny Alexander said the retailer's "extremely dominant position" was a cause for concern...read more...

 Tesco 'bullies councils to get its way'

Susie Mesure, The Independent, January 16, 2006

Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket chain, is accused today of "bypassing the democratic planning process" and bullying local authorities in its relentless hunger for new space. An analysis of 200 planning disputes by Friends of the Earth, an environmental pressure group, argued that Tesco is the worst culprit of a phenomenon that is threatening the future of the UK's high streets.

Almost two in every three new stores are still being built outside town centres almost 10 years after the introduction of a blueprint to stop that happening. Tesco is on track to triple the number of its biggest Extra hypermarket stores in the next 10 years to 300 and double its convenience stores to 1,200 unless councils clamp down on the group's "strong-arm" expansion tactics, the pressure group says...read more...

 

 TESCO WAY AHEAD IN STORE WARS

The Daily Record, January 14, 2006

Supermarket giants Tesco took nearly a third of all grocery spending in Scotland over the festive period. Figures show their market share north of the Border was a record-breaking 30.7 per cent during Christmas and New Year.

Retail experts say the sales boost means that Tesco - whose slogan is "every little helps" - are set for a bumper 2006 after cementing their lead in Scotland's store wars. Tesco have widened the gap on their main rivals, Asda and Morrisons, in the battle for the £10billion-a-year grocery market north of the Border...read more...

 Save our corner shops!

Lancaster University Management School,  January 11, 2006

Britain’s corner shops are disappearing at a rate of 2000 a year: that’s more than five a day, according to a new all-party parliamentary report to be published at the end of January. Urgent action is required if one of Britain’s great institutions is to be saved, says Professor Ian Clarke, who has spent three years researching the UK grocery sector.

Ian Clarke, who is a Professor of Marketing at LUMS, is also a Senior Fellow of the UK Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM). He believes that the new report by the All-Party Small Shops Group does not go far enough. “The rate of small store closure is not a new phenomenon – it has been going on for decades”, he says. “What is new is the recognition that the rate of closures of small independent shops is directly linked to the growth of supermarkets” ...read more...

 

 Tesco rules out big acquisition in US

Elizabeth Rigby, The Financial Times, January 9, 2006

Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, has ended speculation over possible deals in the US after he said the world's fifth-largest retailer had no plans to make a large acquisition there.

However, the chief executive of the UK's biggest retailer stopped short ofruling out entering the US market...read more...

 Big is beautiful, says Leahy - for Tesco and for Britain

The Observer, January 8, 2006

The business supremo tells Richard Wachman that his retail empire is not just the most super of Britain's supermarkets. This is capitalism at its most dynamic : good for the nation's health, it transforms lives and takes thousands off the dole...read more...

 

 Supermarket Wants To Crack China

Ananova, January, 2006

Tesco is turning its back on the US and focusing on expansion in China. The company wants to become a major player in the Far East and will not, as a result, be making any big American buys soon. Chief executive Sir Terry Leahy told The Observer: "People have talked about businesses in the US that could be bought, but I don't think they're right for us...read more...

 

 Tesco's Leahy third in power list

The Daily Post, January 4, 2006

The boss of supermarket giant Tesco is the most powerful man in Britain outside the Government, according to a new poll. Sir Terry Leahy is second only to Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown in a magazine's annual power list.

The 49-year-old retail supremo has helped to make Tesco the nation's favourite supermarket - £1 of every £8 spent on the high street goes to his vast chain of stores. A magazine spokesman said: "He has turned Tesco into the No 1 supermarket since his 1997 appointment. He affects even those who have never set foot in his stores such as farmers and producers. And his 300,000 staff are famously loyal." ...read more...

 

 Tesco's Record Online Christmas

Ananova, January 5, 2006

Record numbers of shoppers bought presents as well as food online this year, Tesco has revealed. The supermarket giant said a million customers shopped at Tesco.com for gifts, food and alcohol in November and December making them its busiest months ever.

At peak times, Tesco.com took 5,000 orders an hour as it benefited from the growing number of people shopping on the internet...read more...

 Action to help save small shops

Neil Tweedie, The Telegraph, January 3, 2006

Tesco and other leading supermarket chains should be subject to stricter planning and fair trading controls to give corner shops and smaller chains a chance to compete, an all-party committee of MPs is expected to recommend...read more...

 Tesco on defensive over MPs' fears for small shops

Dan Milmo, The Guardian, January 2, 2006

Tesco hit back yesterday at accusations that it is threatening independent retailers by claiming that an inquiry by MPs into the retail sector had exaggerated the threat to cornershops and newsagents. The High Street Britain 2015 report, by the influential all-party parliamentary small shops group, is expected to warn that food wholesalers and independent newsagents are "not expected to survive" more than 10 years because supermarkets will squeeze them out. The MPs' preliminary findings, which were leaked at the weekend, warn that the grocery sector will have "dramatically altered" by 2015 if the big four of Tesco, Asda, J Sainsbury and Wm Morrison are not reined in...read more...

 Corner shops face closure 'within a decade', MPs warn

Saeed Shah, The Independent,  January 2, 2006

An influential group of MPs will warn in a forthcoming report that independent retailers and wholesalers will disappear within a decade, piling pressure on government and competition authorities to curb the power of the big four supermarkets. The report by the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group will highlight instances of manipulation of the planning system, predatory pricing and the unfair treatment of suppliers...read more...

 

 EU boss 'most powerful man in UK'

BBC News, January 2, 2006

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has been voted Britain's most powerful man in a BBC poll.

Mr Barroso, who is unelected, received 22% of the vote in the BBC Radio 4 shortlist which included Rupert Murdoch and internet search engine Google...read more...

 Supermarkets 'will kill corner shops by 2015'

John Elliott and Richard Fletcher, The Sunday Times, January 1, 2006

THE traditional corner shop will be history by 2015, according to a draft report from the all-party small-shops group. The leaked paper warns the future of food wholesalers is under threat if the growth of the big four supermarket chains continues. The revelation comes as pressure mounts for a fresh Competition Commission inquiry into the growing power of Tesco, JSainsbury, Asda and Wm Morrison...read more...

 

 The supermarket that ate a town

Lorna Martin, The Observer, January 1, 2006

In Inverness, 'dominant' does not begin to describe the extent of Tesco's stranglehold on the population's purses. The city, the capital of the Highlands and the fastest-growing region in the UK, has recently been dubbed 'Tesco Town'. No area in the country is more dependent upon one retail behemoth.

More than 50p in every pound spent on food by the city's 66,000 residents changes hands at a Tesco checkout in one of the city's four supermarkets - three of which are Tescos. Two are in out-of-town retail parks with shops the size of hangars and car parks nearly as big as the farms which made way for them...read more...