Campaigning to curb supermarket power

2011

 

March of the megastore: Fears for high streets as the Big Four supermarkets expand at record rateDaily Mail, 23rd December 2011
  
Supermarkets are building stores at the fastest rate in history despite warnings this will destroy town centres and thousands of small businesses...read more... Supermarkets' plan to build thousands more stores revealedThe Guardian, 22nd December 2011

Food retailers aim to increase trading space by almost 50% as biggest store opening programme in history gets under way...read more... Indian Politicians Unite to Slam Singh’s Plans for Wal-Mart, Tesco Entry

Bloomberg.com, 28th November 2011

Opposition parties and government allies rounded on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s bid to open India’s retail sector to foreign companies like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), stalling parliament for a fifth day with their protests...read more...

 Postcode analysis shows Tesco losing its dominance

The Telegraph, 5th November 2011

Tesco's dominance in certain towns has become so contentious that there is even a term to describe the phenomenon: Tescopoly...read more...

 Grocery suppliers say toothless watchdog will not stop supermarkets playing unfair

Mail on Sunday, 23rd October 2011

Supermarket suppliers have reacted angrily to the latest amendments to the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill, which they warn has been watered down and will provide too little protection for small firms...read more...

 Tesco's temp agencies to waive new EU rights on workers' pay

The Telegraph, 22nd October 2011

Thousands of temporary staff working for Tesco have been urged to waive their rights to new agency worker rules which would have given them the same pay as permanent employees...read more...

 Tesco's job threat over plan for tax hike

Belfast Telegraph, 21st October 2011

Sammy Wilson felt the wrath of Northern Ireland's second biggest employer yesterday, which threatened to cut its planned job creation and investment here if a proposed levy on large retailers comes into force...read more...

 Tesco Appeals U.K. Fine Over Alleged Cheese Price-Fixing Cartel

Bloomberg.com, 20th October 2011
 
Tesco Plc (TSCO), Britain’s largest supermarket chain, appealed a a U.K. regulator’s 10.4 million pound ($16.4 million) fine over an alleged conspiracy to fix the price of cheese products nearly a decade ago...read more...

 UK supermarket space race faces scrutiny

Financial Times, 30th September 2011

Supermarket chains’ ambitious expansion plans are set to come under fire next week in the face of deteriorating consumer sentiment and escalating price competition...read more...

 Why supermarket price wars are hell

The Times, 29th September 2011

Someone sent me a T-shirt a while ago. It’s in the red, white and blue of Britain’s biggest retail company — one pound in every eight is spent there — and the logo reads Fiasco. This week I may start wearing it...read more...

 Our planning system is authorised blackmail – and it's about to get worse

The Guardian, 27th September 2011

Every government needs an Eric Pickles: a human wrecking ball who will swing wherever he's told. Every government needs a man or woman of crashing insensitivity, devoid of empathy or imagination, unaware of the value of what he or she has been instructed to demolish. Every government requires someone – in the words of Alan Clark, a more stylish exponent of this psychopathic school of government – who is prepared to be "economical with the actualité"...read more...

 Tesco eyes Garden Centre Group bid

Reuters, 18th September 2011

Tesco , the world's third-biggest retailer, could bid for all or part of the UK's Garden Centre Group when owner Lloyds Banking Group kicks off the sale of the business this week, according to the Sunday Times newspaper...read more....

 Tesco may consider to acquire Turkish retail chains

Hürriyet Daily News, 14th September 2011

Tesco, a global grocery and merchandise retailer headquartered in the United Kingdom which also owns Turkish retailer Kipa in western Turkey, might acquire local retail chains in the Turkish market...read more...

 Tesco moves closer to store on last UK mainland postcode without one

The Guardian, 7th September 2011

Harrogate council votes in favour after five-year debate - but opposition says it's not all over yet. The last postcode in the UK mainland without a Tesco supermarket is closer to losing its unusual status...read more...

 Fight your corner: Trading in Tesco Town

The Grocer, 4th September 2011

There has been subjected to Tesco’s retail ambitions more than Andover, but the town’s independent c-stores refuse to be squeezed out of the marketplace. Robin Mannering finds out how they hold their own...read more...
 
 

 Tesco announces retreat from Japan

Financial Times, 31st August 2011

Tesco is selling its poorly performing Japanese business after deciding that it would not be able to make it big enough to succeed...read more...

 Tescopoly: How the supermarket chain is slowly taking over my area

Thisismoney.co.uk, 25th August 2011

There is a derelict B&Q store in my hometown of Southend-on-Sea that has been the centre of much controversy - Tesco wants to build yet another superstore in this part of South East Essex using the site...read more...

 Tesco and Starbucks feel the heat in battle against 'clone town Britain'

The Ecologist, 23rd August, 2011

David Cameron's appointment of a 'shops tsar', the controversial Localism Bill, and increasing opposition to supermarkets and other chain stores could mark a turning point in the struggle to save Britain's high streets...read more...

 Tesco vows to fight £10.4m price-fix fine

Financial Times, 10th August 2011

Tesco is poised to fight a £10.4m fine levied on it by the Office of Fair Trading for price fixing, denying closure to a long-running and complex investigation...read more...

 Supermarkets fined £50m for price fixing

Financial Times, 10th August 2011
 
Eight supermarkets and dairies have been fined nearly £50m after the Office of Fair Trading found they had fixed dairy product prices following a controversial and chaotic eight-year investigation...read more...

 Campaigners Fight Birmingham’s Out of Town Supermarket Plans

The Birmingham Press, 8th August, 2011

There seem to be a glut of ‘out of town’ supermarket development plans in Birmingham this summer.  This is at a time when there are worries that the local high street is dying, and the government have paid an expert: Mary Portas, to investigate, and to help ‘bring the bustle back’ to the town centre...read more...    

 Paul Vallely: Don't moan about supermarkets – act

Independent on Sunday, 7th August 2011

When small shops are pushed to the edge, it undermines a community that has the power to fight back...read more...

 Supermarket sweep

The Guardian, 8th August 2011

In Britain a new Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's or Asda opens every other day. But across the country people are battling the relentless march of the 'Big Four'. John Harris, who has taken up the fight himself, reports...read more...

 Tesco attacked by Labour as 'almighty conglomerate'

The Guardian, 6th August 2011

Party claims other supermarket chains are likely to lobby for tougher competition laws to keep Tesco in check...read more...

 Tesco on deep push into Polish Retail

Ft.com, 1st August 2011

The Polish consumer’s resilience helped save the country from recession during the economic crisis in 2009 and now the hardy shopper is having a wider impact – helping out big international retail chains...read more...

 Supermarket construction surges 42 per cent since 2008

RAC Magazine, 26th July 2011

Supermarket construction has propped up the retail property sector as shopping centre construction contracts...read more...

 Loopholes and limp language leave town planning in limbo

The Grocer, 30th July 2011

The government's National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) could descend into chaos if loopholes and vague language in the draft document are not addressed, retailers and ­industry experts have warned...read more...
 

 Fight your corner: New face, same fight

Convenience Store, 24th July 2011

Convenience retailers are facing competition from the mults on ever-increasing fronts, but evidence shows there is reason to stand firm...read more...

 Tesco steps up battle for attention of Chinese retail consumers

The Independent, 19th July 2011

The battle for supermarket supremacy in mainland China is about to enter a new phase as the United Kingdom-based Tesco chain opens a giant new logistics center and announces plans to open more than 20 new stores nationwide this year...read more...

 Locals could have more say on how Norfolk high streets look

Eastern Daily Press, 13th July 2011

In Norfolk we stopped short of riots seen in Bristol, but placards and petitions – not to mention the hundreds of letters written to councils – have made this region a familiar landscape for high-street campaigning in our city and our market towns...read more...

 WM Morrison opens first of chain of convenience stores

Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2011

WM Morrison, the UK's fourth largest supermarket, has opened the first of a planned chain of convenience stores with a pledge to undercut rivals' prices in the sector...read more...

 Talking shop: UK makes slow progress on grocery adjudicator

Just.Food.com, 8th July 2011

Despite being recommended by an Office of Fair Trading inquiry in 2008, the UK is still awaiting the establishment of an ombudsman to police the relationship between supermarket chains and their suppliers. The Government has now introduced a draft bill that would see the creation of the Groceries Code Adjudicator but campaigners say it is dragging its feet and being influenced by retail industry lobbying. Ben Cooper reports...read more...

 Trolley wars: How one market town (pop 7,239) saw off Tesco

Daily Mail, 8th July 2011

There may not have been any celebratory bunting hanging in Hadleigh High Street yesterday, but if there had been, it would have blended in beautifully with the town's pretty flower baskets and pastel-fronted shops...read more...

 MPs battle to save the nation's high streetsThe Independent, 5th July 2011

A last-minute attempt to persuade the Government to allow local authorities to step in to save independent shops disappearing from the high street will be made in the House of Lords this week...read more... British farmers forced to pay the cost of supermarket price wars

The Observer, 3rd July 2011

As profits soar at the supermarkets, food producers say they are being forced out of business by unfair buying practices...read more...

 Planning policy offers key to survival

Financial Times, 4th July 2011

When Lord Oakeshott says he believes in the future of Britain’s high streets, he has his money where his mouth is...read more...

 

 

 

 

 Asda considers a £1.6bn bid for Iceland Foods

The Independent, 6th June 2011

Asda has appointed investment bank advisers to help it mount a potential £1.6bn bid for Iceland Foods...read more...

 India's door 'will be open to Tesco in four months'

Daily Telegraph, 4th June 2011

India will open its doors to Tesco and other overseas supermarket giants within the next four months, its commerce minister has revealed...read more...

 Is the world's retail giant about to swallow Africa?

The Independent, 3rd June 2011

The decision to allow Wal-Mart to enter South Africa will threaten hundreds of smaller, local competitors, claim critics of the move...read more...

 

 Supermarket sweep: Construction opportunities

Building.co.uk, 3rd June 2011

Supermarkets are bucking the retail downturn, and now they’re either going supersize or micro. Whichever option they choose, there’s going to be a ton of construction work...read more...

 

 Tesco brings home director in bid to fight off its rivals

The Independent, 30th May 2011

Tesco has brought another high-flying director back to the UK from its overseas operations, in a further sign of the grocery giant's determination to fight back against the challenge from its domestic rivals...read more...

 Walmart sets up London team to lead European drive

Independent on Sunday, 22nd May 2011

Walmart, America's cheap and cheerful retailer, is setting up a London team to launch into Europe. The $193bn US retail giant, which is finalising the details of buying a South African grocery chain this week, will bring a team to London – close to Heathrow airport – to look at opportunities for European mergers or takeovers...read more...

 

 Morrisons gears up to bid for Iceland

Sunday Telegraph, 21st May 2011

Morrisons is on the verge of appointing advisers for a potential £1.5bn bid for supermarket chain Iceland. Sainsbury's and Asda are understood to have also expressed interest to join the auction process, which will kick off formally over the summer, though this could be for a limited number of stores...read more...

 

 Tesco conquers Eastern Europe

Daily Mail, 20th May 2011

The low slung concrete block in the corner of Bratislava’s Kamenne Namestie square is an ugly reminder of the building’s past life under Communist control. But the words ‘Obchodne domy Tesco’ or ‘in association with Tesco’ is a public indication of the department store’s capitalist future...read more...

 Supermarkets set to expand by twenty percent by 2014Channel 4 News, 19th May 2011 

New figures obtained by Channel 4 News show that Britain's supermarkets are in the middle of an unprecedented expansion drive, with a new one or an expansion opening every day..read more.. Tesco riot drives call for supermarket planning review

BBC Radio 4's The Report, 19th May 2011
  
Campaigners are calling for greater transparency in UK planning law so communities are made more aware of new businesses opening in their area...read more...

 

 PM calls in Mary Queen of Shops to launch High Street rescue bid

Daily Mail, 10th May 2011

Retail guru Mary Portas is launching a rescue campaign to save Britain's beleaguered High Streets after being called in by Prime Minister David Cameron, a new report showed yesterday...read more...

 Tesco looks overseas for 'change of gear'

The Guardian, 10th May 2011

Tesco plans to create new brands to spruce up its product ranges and appeal to increasingly aspirational shoppers across the world, its new chief executive told Reuters...read more...

 

 Supermarkets kill free markets as well as our communities

The Guardian, 3rd May 2011

Across the country local shops have been wiped out by supermarkets. This is an issue for the right as much as the left.  A few weeks ago our last local butcher closed. When we moved to this suburban Essex town 40 years ago, it had six specialist shops selling fresh meat. The last independent greengrocer disappeared nearly two decades ago. Happily, we still have an independent baker close by, and even a fishmonger a brisk 25-minute walk away. But for how long?...read more...

 Ed Miliband backs greater voice for locals on spread of supermarkets

The Guardian, 1st May 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband says people should have more say over the 'Tesco-isation' of Britain's high streets...read more...

 Appetite for more supermarket space could unleash a price war

The Guardian, 13th April 2011

This week's inflation figures, showing a marked decline as a result of falling food and drink prices when almost every City economist had pencilled in another step up, have set City analysts and investors wondering whether a good old-fashioned price war might be looming...read more...

 Supermarkets rush to strive for shrinking pie

Financial Times, 12th April 2011

In the Cornish coastal town of Hayle, Britain’s big four supermarkets are all vying to build new stores...read more...

 Call for ban on BOGOF dealsSpeciality Food Magazine, 11th April, 2011 

The multiples are being pressurised to end buy-one-get-one-free (BOGOF) deals after research suggested they are to blame for £13.7 billion worth of wasted fresh produce. The findings come from the Local Government Association (LGA), which says that households are throwing away an average of £520 of good food and drink every year...read more... Tesco starts secondhand car business

The Guardian, 3rd April 2011
 
Tesco, which has recently branched out into areas as diverse as banking and pet insurance, has taken yet another step to widen its already dizzying range of products with the launch of a website selling secondhand cars...read more...

 Tesco targeted in CO2 protest

The Sun, 22nd March 2011 

Climate activists targeted Tesco stores yesterday - changing outlets' names to TesCO2. Campaigners Climate Rush accused Tesco of hypocrisy, claiming its carbon emissions were nearly 4 per cent up in a year...read more...

 OFT nod for Tesco’s Mills Group takeover has indies up in arms

The Grocer, 14th March 2011

The Association of Convenience Stores has slammed the Office of Fair Trading after the regulator today waved through Tesco’s acquisition of 76 stores from Mills Group...read more...

 

 Supermarkets accused of hollow job creation claims in attempts to open new stores

Daily Mail, 8th March 2011

Claims by the big  supermarkets to be driving economic growth by creating thousands of jobs have been exposed as a sham...read more...

 

 13 new Tesco stores in East Lancashire in a decade

thisislancashire.co.uk, 28th February 2011

Tesco has built 13 new East Lancashire stores in just 10 years, it can be revealed...read more...

 

 Last indie in ‘Tesco town’ loses the fight

The Grocer, 16th February 2011

The only remaining independent convenience store in Britain’s most Tesco-dominated town has been put up for sale, C-Store has learned...read more...

 Tesco Terry's nice little earners: From electric guitars to used cars, is there ANYTHING this trader

Daily Mail, 12th February 2011

It was once seen as the preserve of Arthur Daley and other shady businessmen in pursuit of a 'nice little earner'. But the used car market has come a long way since the Eighties and now, it seems, even Tesco is taking an interest...read more... 

 Supermarkets are 'the barons of politics', says Salmond

BBC.co.uk, 6th February 2011

Major supermarkets are now the "barons of politics", according to First Minister Alex Salmond, who was speaking after MSPs voted down plans to introduce a so-called "Tesco tax"...read more...

 

 Tesco and Walmart could move into India to solve country's food problemsDaily Telegraph, 27th January 2011

India is poised to lift foreign direct investment (FDI) restrictions for foreign supermarket giants uch as Tesco and Walmart, its corporate affairs minister has indicated...read more... Tesco and Asda shun sourcing local in Scotland

Farmers Guardian, 27 January 2011 

An investigation of supermarket shelves carried out by NFU Scotland has shown major retailers Tesco and Asda shunning home produced pork and chicken in favour of cheap imports...read more...

 

 Coalition 'failing to protect countryside' from takeover by Tesco

Daily Telegraph, 17th January 2011

Rural communities are being “bullied and bludgeoned” into accepting new supermarket developments that force local shops to close, campaigners have warned...read more...

 Morrisons and Haldanes gain from Netto carve-up

The Grocer, 13th January 2011

Asda has sold 39 former Netto stores to rival retailers in line with its settlement with the Office of Fair Trading...read more...