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morrisons bibby

Morrisons only has a limited time to tinker with store formats

25 Oct 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Despite waging war on the discounters and launching a price match/loyalty scheme, Morrisons sales continue to fall…

ocado shop

Daily Brunch with Ocado: flat TV and a missed opportunity

17 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

Daytime TV has a well-deserved reputation for vacuous repetition, and the first episode of Daily Brunch with Ocado…

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The Great British Bake Off finale: perfectionism triumphs

09 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

To the final of The Great British Bake Off, and everyone was on splendid form…

Fish & Chips

Fish and chips and the great open or wrapped conundrum

04 Oct 2014 | By James Halliwell

For centuries the greatest minds in history have pondered the biggest questions in life…

Aldi Muscles

Aldi's big Bri flexes his muscles

25 Oct 2014

Among the oiled biceps and shiny torsos at this week’s International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships…

Walter White

Stores' stupid ideas haunt Halloween

25 Oct 2014

What it is about Halloween? Spooky season really seems to frighten suppliers and retailers…


Can chocolate lager do it for the ladies?

25 Oct 2014

Lager for ladies – it just won’t catch on, will it?…


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Broken business rates

30 Oct 2014

Sir: As a local shop owner I have been campaigning on the broken system of business rates for the past few years (‘Business rates need a roadmap for reform, says BRC,’, 28 October). Our latest campaign is based on the unfair amount small shops pay in comparison to supermarkets and especially mini supermarkets. In St Albans we have lost more than 120 shops, pubs and restaurants in the past year or so, many of them as a direct ...


Auto-enrol confusion

30 Oct 2014

Having had first-hand experience with auto enrol…

Tesco Business Man

Private-label pride

23 Oct 2014

It is good news for the retail sector and private label that Tesco has revamped its new ‘BD Beauty Secrets’ range…



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