- GOOD YEAR FOR Carlos Criado-Perez, chief executive, Safeway ­ for making City analysts eat their words and attracting one million new shoppers; Terry Leahy, chief executive, Tesco ­ for forging ahead with the chain's international expansion and creating Tesco.com, making it the most popular home shopping grocery site; and Allan Leighton, erstwhile retail guru ­ for all the usual reasons. - BAD YEAR FOR the Labour government ­ for insisting on its Rip-off Britain' survey, for pushing ahead with the Competition Commission inquiry, for a lack of support for organic farming and for the pressure on exports by maintaining a strong pound. - as for next year? We predict that Somerfield closes its large stores and concentrates only on the high street/convenience format­ Asda drops its home shopping service through lack of support and Sainsbury buys up the depots­ Irish Distribution giant BWG adds Scottish Mace supplier Aberness to its roster of UK acquisitions­Costcutter and Londis merge to become the UK's number one symbol group­Scandinavian will be the next big food trend with shoppers snapping up pickled herring and meatballs to go with their IKEA furniture and Volvos. {{NEWS }}