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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

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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…

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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?

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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’

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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

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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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Media Bites 1 May: Sainsbury’s/Asda – analysis, predictions and song Subscription

01 May 2018 | By Andrew Don

A swathe of media coverage is dedicated to the shock Sainsbury’s and Asda merger announced yesterday, looking at the CMA investigation, industry consolidation and Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe’s show tunes.

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How scared should suppliers be about the Sainsbury’s-Asda merger? Video Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Adam Leyland

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said that Sainsbury’s had “good supplier relations and supported British producers extensively” but that hasn’t stopped the NFU from expressing its concerns vociferously …

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Sainsbury’s and Asda merger: the key facts and figures Video

30 Apr 2018

Your at-a-glance guide to what you need to know about the mega merger that shocked the UK grocer market

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Asda-Sainsbury's suppliers 'face massive squeeze on prices' Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s boss Mike Coupe’s prediction of 10% price cuts would have suppliers “choking on their cornflakes”

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Sainsbury's Asda merger: Twitter reacts

30 Apr 2018

Over the weekend, news broke of a “mega-merger” between Sainsbury’s and Asda. Here’s how Twitter reacted to the story

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Sainsbury's and Asda call for 'fast track' CMA probe Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe said this morning the companies would call for a CMA probe to go straight to a Phase 2 stage

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Proposed Sainsbury's-Asda merger: analysts' reaction Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Shockwaves were sent through the industry this weekend after it emerged a merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda was on the cards. Here’s how leading analysts have reacted to the news

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Sainsbury’s shares surge on Asda deal confirmation Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

Sainsbury’s shares have hit their highest level for almost four years this morning, surging 15% on the news that the UK’s second and third largest grocers have agreed merger terms.

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Sainsbury’s and Asda confirm £51bn mega-merger Video Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

Sainsbury’s and Asda have promised “a great deal for customers, colleagues, suppliers and shareholders of both businesses” as the two confirmed a mega-merger worth to create a £51bn retail giant.

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Media Bites 30 April: Sainsbury’s/Asda merger special Subscription

30 Apr 2018 | By Andrew Don

The markets held their breath over the weekend as they awaited official news released to the stock exchange this morning of the £15bn talks between Sainsbury’s and Walmart-owned Asda.

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