Asda online link-up

Asda has linked up with European online marketer TradeDoubler to advertise its online offers. It will promote the entertainment, floral, contact lens, gift and photography sections of its own website across a range of other sites through TradeDoubler.

Merger talks

The Midlands and Ilkeston Co-operatives are in talks to merge. Members will vote on the proposal at a meeting on 27 September, with the merger set to go ahead in November.

Sharp rises in costs

Food manufacturers are being hit by sharp rises in raw material and packaging costs, research by Credit Suisse shows. It says that these costs are usually about 25% of sales in total for a food manufacturer.