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Sainsbury's-Asda grilling and CO2 crisis reveal government ignorance

22 Jun 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Neil ‘Pump’ Parish played to the gallery as he dismissed the significance of M&S, B&M, Amazon and Boots as ‘Mickey Mouse’, says Grocer editor Adam Leyland

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Coupe and Burnley take a battering – but will the CMA take notice? Subscription

20 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The pair suffered the mother of all grillings at the hands of MPs today, but it remains to be seen what impact the hearing will have on the deal’s competition clearance

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Sainsbury's and Asda bosses given rough ride by Efra MPs about merger

20 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The bosses of Sainsbury’s and Asda were quizzed by MPs about their proposed mega-merger today

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CMA responses to Sainsbury's-Asda deal reveal widespread concerns Subscription

18 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

It is understood the authority received around 30 responses from individual accompanies and a raft of trade bodies, most of which are believed to have been hostile to the deal

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Sainsbury's letter promises suppliers great opportunities Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s letter to suppliers promises ‘opportunity to streamline’ and to develop differentiated product ranges

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Sainsbury's stays on top as it raises the bar on availability Subscription

15 Jun 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty, Marianne Calnan

Sainsbury’s scooped the Grocer Gold Awards for both availability and service for the sixth year in a row

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Sainsbury's-Asda: Remit extension for Adjudicator just not realistic Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MPs and suppliers still clinging on to the idea the Adjudicator is going to be able to stop the merger in its tracks may have to get real, says senior reporter Ian Quinn

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MPs to look at extending Adjudicator's powers Subscription

14 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn, Rachel Graham

Efra committee called for the Adjudicator to be granted powers to prevent the supermarket giants “dominating” the grocery

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MPs to grill Asda and Sainsbury's chiefs over merger plans Subscription

13 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The supermarket bosses will appear before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee next Wednesday

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Asda warned of £100m wage claim following Sainsbury's merger

11 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The GMB has said discussions have been held with Asda to call for parity of pay with Sainsbury’s staff

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Media Bites 7 June: Asda/Sainsbury's, Poundworld, WH Smith Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Asda’s headquarters in Leeds is to be demolished and hundreds of Sainsbury’s staff moved from London, following the £14.1billion merger of the two supermarkets, writes The Daily Mail.

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger could hurt competition, warns NFU Subscription

05 Jun 2018 | By Kevin White

In a letter to the CMA, the union warned the merger could have a ‘negative effect’ on smaller suppliers

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Sainsbury's-Asda supplier threat 'critical' to CMA probe Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MP also reveals letter from Mike Coupe predicting senior management departures

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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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Steel yourselves for Sainsbury's-Asda pressure, suppliers

24 May 2018 | By David Sables

Mike Coupe’s announcements on Sainsbury’s merger with Asda shamelessly promoted the fact that suppliers would be back on track

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Labour intervenes in proposed Asda-Sainsbury's merger Subscription

23 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow secretary of state for business, said the merger ‘could spell disaster’ for suppliers

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Sainsbury's-Asda must heed the lessons of Tesco

21 May 2018 | By John Buchanan

Tesco’s tarnished corporate image was one of the reasons it became the primary victim of the rise of the discounters, argues John Buchanan of HW Fisher & Company 

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City snapshot: CMA opens Sainsbury’s/Asda investigation Subscription

18 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has opened its investigation into the Sainsbury’s/Asda retail mega-deal, asking interested parties to submit their initial views by 4 June. Plus, KP Snacks owner Intersnack has struck a cut-price deal to buy struggling Tyrrells, C&C Group to split Matthew Clarke and Bibendum and all the rest of the latest news from the City.

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger: using search to map what consumers want

15 May 2018 | By Harry Walker

Geographic search data allows us to map Sainsbury’s loyalty strongholds and Asda’s bulwarks, says Google’s Harry Walker


Sainsbury's-Asda deal could bolster property market Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Supermarket Income REIT said the deal would act alongside a reinvigorated Tesco to boost interest among big investors


Sainsbury's-Asda merger is a corporate matchmaker's dream Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Will Morrisons tie the knot with Amazon, court the Co-op, swipe right on M&S Food, or buddy up with Waitrose, for example?…

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Short sellers cut losses after Sainsbury's/Asda tie-up Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Publicly disclosed information by the FCA showed a total of 11.2% of Sainsbury’s shares were on loan before the announceme…

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Has the CMA painted itself into a corner with methodology? Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Some claim the Tesco-Booker precedent leaves the authority ‘toothless’ – but will Sainsbury’s-Asda be waved through?


Potts: Sainsbury's-Asda deal 'will only make us stronger' Subscription

10 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The supermarket reported a like-for-like sales rise of 3.6% in the first quarter

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Asda-Sainsbury's mega merger unboggled

04 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Some say Asda Sainsbury’s is a defensive move, but I see it as a potential Adam Gilchrist play, where defence is quickly turned into blistering attack

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Uncertainty over jobs, despite Coupe's reassurance Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Sainsbury’s and Asda insist Asda’s Leeds HQ will remain open

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MPs raise potential threat to JS-Asda suppliers with the CMA Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The EFRA and BEIS committees have written a joint letter to the authority, raising concerns about the proposed merger

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Shoppers approve Sainsbury's-Asda as price promise impresses Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Shoppers have given the proposed merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda a warm welcome

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Sainsbury’s & Asda mega merger: what we know and what it means Video

04 May 2018 | By Adam Leyland, Ian Quinn

The market is still coming to terms with the Tesco-Booker deal and now this: a £51bn-sales combination play between Sainsbury’s and Asda has been confirmed. So what will it mean? And how on earth would it get competition clearance? Here’s an updated analysis from The Grocer following the announcement earlier this week

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McKenna insists Walmart is committed to UK despite Asda sale Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

‘We no longer feel the need to own a business outright in order to enjoy a benefit’


Initial Sainsbury's-Asda City euphoria calms Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Bigger equals better for the City as Sainsbury’s share price rocketed to its highest level for almost four year

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JS-Asda deal could go ahead with only 23 stores sold off Subscription

04 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A key part of the CMA probe will look at the overlap between the catchment areas of Asda and Sainsbury’s stores

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Sainsbury's-Asda merger set to spark consolidation in chilled fish Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Kevin White

Supermarket business worth up to £600m is potentially up for grabs, according to industry sources

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Suppliers face a stark choice on Sainsbury's-Asda merger

03 May 2018 | By Steve Parfett

Wholesale and retail are now effectively one market for procurement and we have a duopoly in the retail market, says Steve Parfett of AG Parfett & Sons


As suppliers face Sainsbury’s-Asda squeeze, who can help them? Subscription

02 May 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Suppliers should not expect the Groceries Code Adjudicator to be able to ride to their rescue - she is powerless to intervene

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Sainsbury’s-Asda merger shows 'Amazon effect' in action

02 May 2018 | By Natalie Berg

Amazon has been a huge catalyst for change in UK grocery, says Natalie Berg of NBK Retail. And it’s been a key driver of the Sainsbury’s-Asda merger

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Will the Sainsbury’s-Asda merger create a new retailer fit for the 21st century customer?

02 May 2018 | By Paul Hinds

One of the biggest challenges the merged business faces is understanding its new, combined customer base, argues Paul Hinds of IRI

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The Sainsbury's-Asda merger will hurt suppliers

02 May 2018 | By Warren Ackerman

The comment that big food companies “make spectacular returns and are very, very profitable” is an ominous opening gambit, says Warren Ackerman of SocGen

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Sainsbury's and Asda merger: will we be living well for less?

02 May 2018 | By Bryan Roberts

Bryan Roberts of tcc global unpicks the 10% price ‘harmonisation’ promise made by Sainsbury’s and Asda following their merger announcement

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Donna lands a key role in the Sainsbury's-Asda probe

01 May 2018 | By Ms Frexit

Ooooo Mikey! ‘Lil’ Deuce’ Coupe has certainly fired up his hot rod this time

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Sainsbury's urged by union to withdraw proposed pay offer Subscription

01 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Unite has claimed employees had to sign new contracts ‘or be sacked’

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