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The GPI tracks pricing of more than 70,000 grocery products using a 12-month chained index. The index was set at 100 in September 2008. The average does not include Waitrose. The GPI is compiled by Brand View.

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City snapshot: Supermarket inflation eases to 1.1% in May Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The Grocer Price Index measure of supermarket inflation fell from 1.2% to 1.1% as Tesco recorded its lowest level of inflation for almost a year. Plus Distil shares rise after year of double-digit growth and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Tesco inflation falls but it's still running ahead of rivals Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco has recorded its lowest level of inflation for almost a year as the UK’s biggest supermarket looks to step back into line with the other major players.

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City snapshot: Hotel Chocolat buys back £6.4m of customer ‘chocolate bonds’ Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Hotel Chocolat repays £6.4m of ‘chocolate bonds’ to fund growth. Plus, annual sales up 56% at UK wine supplier Gusbourne and Bayer sets date for $63bn Monsanto deal completion.

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City snapshot: Grocery inflation rises as soft drinks prices spike Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson, Andrew Don

 Supermarket price inflation rose again last month as the advent of the ‘sugar tax’ caused a spike in the price of soft drinks. Plus, packaging group Smurfit Kappa Group posts underlying first quarter growth of 7%, Kellogg’s organic net sales rise 0.6% in Q1 and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Soft drinks levy reverses trend of declining inflation Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

A spike in soft drinks prices since the Soft Drinks Industry Levy came into force on 5 April has pushed up the GPI

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City snapshot: Supermarket price inflation plunges to 0.8% Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Supermarket inflation has fallen to its lowest level for over a year, according to the latest figures from The Grocer Price Index, while Sainsbury’s has become the first supermarket to show monthly deflation since February 2017. Plus, consumer stocks surge on market recovery all the rest of the latest news from the City

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Price cuts drive Sainsbury's into annual price deflation Subscription

05 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The GPI shows Sainsbury’s as the first supermarket to record a year-on-year price drop for over 12 months

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City snapshot: Inflation gap between Tesco and rivals expands Subscription

09 Mar 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The inflationary gap between Tesco and its big four rivals has reached a new high even as inflation across the big four supermarkets flattens. Conviviality shares hammered after shock profits warning, Yeo Valley profits hit by rising milk prices and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Waitrose profits down by more than a third Subscription

08 Mar 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Operating profit before exceptional items was down 32.1% to £172 million for the 52 weeks to 27 January


Fourth quarter volumes fall at Refresco Subscription

05 Mar 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

European bottling giant Refresco, currently subject to a €1.6bn private equity bid, had a disappointing end to the year with volumes and value sales slipping in the fourth quarter.

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City snapshot: Tesco sets five year inflation high as annual grocery prices rise 2% Subscription

09 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Supermarket price inflation edged up to 2% in the first month of the new year according to the latest Grocer Price Index – but there is wide disparity across the big four, with Tesco price rises swelling the overall figure. Plus another grim day for international stock markets takes its toll on grocery shares and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Tesco continues to prop up overall inflation in grocery Subscription

08 Feb 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco recorded its highest level of price inflation for over five years last month

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City snapshot: Food prices jump in run up to Christmas Subscription

05 Jan 2018 | By Edward Devlin

Food inflation gathered steam in December despite supermarkets investing in price on key lines to win over shoppers during the crucial Christmas period, according to the latest figures from the BRC-Nielsen. Plus, like-for-like sales slump 6.1% at Crawshaw in December as shoppers desert value meat chain.

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Tesco inflationary price hikes outstrip big four rivals Subscription

11 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

Tesco shares were boosted after Goldman Sachs suggested it was passing on less of the inflationary pressures to customers

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City snapshot: Tesco prices rising faster than industry rivals - GPI Subscription

08 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson, Edward Devlin

Tesco continued to raise prices faster than its supermarket peers last month, according to the latest Grocer Price Index. Plus, Tesco Clubcard operator Dunnhumby has plunged to a £33m pre-tax loss after a new agreement with its parent company cost the data arm an extra £30m; and Poundstretcher sales fall 7.5% to £397.4m as the chain continued to shrink its store estate

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City snapshot: McColl’s annual sales rise 19.1% but like-for-like sales slip in fourth quarter Subscription

04 Dec 2017 | By Alec Mattinson

McColl’s Retail Group (MCLS) has reported a 19.1% uplift in annual sales following the acquisition of 298 Co-op convenience stores, but like-for-like growth tailed off towards the end of the year. Plus a look ahead at finance news this week and all the latest news from the City.


Cotton price hiked by slowing production

15 Jun 2018 | By Rachel Graham

Prices of cotton have risen amid concerns over slowing production, driven by reports of unfavourable weather conditions

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The ‘guilt lane’ ban idea is back: it won’t bother retailers Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Is the renewed focus on guilt lanes a sign that ministers may yet back away from pressing the nuclear button on promotions across every part of the store?

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How can M&S rejuvenate its struggling food business? Subscription

04 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

With its latest annual figures showing like-for-like food sales down 0.3%, M&S is urgently examining ways to improve pricing, availability and innovation

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Families forking out more for fresh fruit & vegetables Subscription

03 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Average supermarket prices for fresh veg have risen 2% year on year across 360 SKUs in the major mults


What can be done to combat competition-fixing cartels? Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Angelina Mason

In March this year, two leading bagged fuel companies were fined £3.4m for rigging competitive tenders

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Asda and Sainsbury's lead in cutting down on deals Subscription

25 May 2018 | By Daniel Selwood

The two retailers have proven themselves dissimilar when it comes to promotions, with each favouring different mechanics

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Algo-trading is a threat grocery has to take seriously

23 May 2018 | By Violeta Stevens

Markets such as cocoa and coffee are being targeted by short-term investors using computer-driven algorithmic trading, warns Violeta Stevens of Union Hand-Roasted Coffee


Supermarkets cut prices on BBQ favourites this summer

17 May 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Beefburgers are on average 3% cheaper than this time last May across 48 SKUs in the mults



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