Asda Petrol fuel

Risk of petrol price hike, warn MP and Fair Fuel UK

13 Aug 2018 | By Ian Quinn

MP for Robert Halfon and the Fair Fuel UK campaign have called for an independent fuel price watchdog

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Asda cuts prices of its most popular free from lines Subscription

09 Aug 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Sixteen own-label products are now up to a claimed 40% cheaper than equivalents sold by others in the big four

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Morrisons and Sainsbury's lead the way on scaling back deals Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Asda and Waitrose also had fewer deals in stores

Amazon Echo

Amazon offers lowest ever price for Echo on Prime Day Subscription

17 Jul 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Echo and Echo Dot speakers were cheaper than ever before, but some shoppers may have been unaware thanks to an error

Tesco Brand Guarantee ASA

Tesco scraps Brand Guarantee in favour of low everyday prices

04 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

The supermarket giant will pull the plug on the scheme on 16 July

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Tesco ramps up promotions as it drops Brand Guarantee Subscription

01 Jul 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The supermarket giant ran 2,311 featured space promotions during the four weeks to 17 June 2018

Tesco brand guarantee

Tesco issued cashback on 47 out of 50 weeks in Grocer 33 Subscription

29 Jun 2018 | By Ian Quinn

A look back at our mystery shops of the past 12 months shows there were only three weeks in total when a mystery shopper did not receive money back


Costcutter predicts sales growth after slashing Xmas prices

28 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Since launching its Christmas pre-sale brochure last month, Costcutter saw an increase of over 30% in pre-sales year on year

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M&S rapped over Christmas dinner comparison ad

13 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Watchdog said M&S’s claim to have reduced the cost of Christmas dinner by £10 was misleading

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Selfridges launches campaign celebrating Australian food Subscription

11 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The first pop-up of the campaign opened earlier this week


JTI alerts retailers to fake tobacco voucher scam Subscription

08 Jun 2018 | By Emily Bright

Silk Cut, Mayfair and Benson & Hedges were also hit by a similar fraudulent scheme in March 2015


Sainsbury's rapped for 'misleading' Häagen-Dazs deal Subscription

07 Jun 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

The ice-cream was reduced from £4 to £3 for a deal every 21 days for a long period

Poundland Boots protest

Poundland targets Boots in price-based poster campaign Subscription

01 Jun 2018 | By Steve Farrell

All 800 of the variety discounter’s stores are from this week to feature window posters showing the “massive price differentials”


Costcutter launches 'Bringing Summer Home' campaign Subscription

29 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

As well as food and drink deals, shoppers will have the chance to win a £10k luxury holiday


Co-op investing in price and promotions for Nisa members Subscription

11 May 2018 | By Ronan Hegarty

Co-op Retail CEO Jo Whitfield has promised to “do a great job for Nisa members”

Sainsbury's Nine Elms store

Sainsbury's reduces selected meat & fish prices by up to 30% Subscription

03 May 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

This is in addition to JS’s £150m investment to cut prices on almost 1,000 everyday grocery items announced in March, strategy is to make its stores ’the retail destination of choice for customers’

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JJ Foodservice to host trade days across 10 branches Subscription

02 May 2018 | By Emily Bright

The wholesaler will be offering businesses free products and discounts

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Multibuys creep back on to shelves as MPs support ban Subscription

26 Apr 2018 | By Carina Perkins

The major mults moved away from multibuys in 2016


Aldi adds nitrite-free bacon to Super Six promotion

26 Apr 2018 | By Rachel Graham

It uses a mix of fruits and spice extracts instead of nitrites – described as a carcinogen by the WHO

Morrisons pay

Morrisons cuts prices across more than 250 Savers items Subscription

09 Apr 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Morrisons said the relaunch was aimed at “keeping shopping simple and saving customers money”

Swiping Nectar Card

Sainsbury's to trial radical overhaul of Nectar scheme Subscription

06 Apr 2018 | By Marianne Calnan

Revamp allows customers to pick items to earn points

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ASA rebukes Lidl over misleading prosecco promotion Subscription

04 Apr 2018 | By Steve Farrell

Six complaints claimed a promotion offering a six-bottle case for £20 had broken advertising rules because stores ran out


GCA warns mults off charging for better website positioning Subscription

15 Mar 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Tacon also made an appeal for suppliers to come forward to take part in her annual groceries sector survey


Supermarket confectionery promotions overhaul booze deals Subscription

22 Feb 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Supermarkets have ramped up promotions on sweets and chocolate as they continue to cut back on booze deals this year

Roger Burnley

Asda CEO promises more 'everyday low prices' in new strategy Subscription

15 Feb 2018 | By Ian Quinn, Ronan Hegarty

Roger Burnley told suppliers the retailer was still “too expensive”, despite its recent Rollbacks

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Is Tesco's pricing already a match for the discounters? Subscription

30 Jul 2018 | By Ian Quinn

Following initial reports in February that Tesco was thinking of trialling a discount chain, it has begun advertising for staff for a “new retail format” that would be “operated separately from the core Tesco business”. But can Jack’s really allow Tesco to take the fight to the all-conquering discounters?

Gem Lettuce

Heatwave shortages continue to inflate prices for fruit & veg Subscription

27 Jul 2018 | By Rutika Ghodekar

Four-week average UK lettuce prices for mid July are now up 21.7% year on year at 66p/unit

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Grocers must be mindful of price-setting software

19 Jul 2018 | By Michael Dean

The use of price optimisation software is coming under more scrutiny than ever

Tesco brand guarantee

Tesco prices rise faster than rivals for more than a year Subscription

07 Jul 2018 | By Alec Mattinson

The latest Grocer Price Index shows Tesco has overseen price rises at a faster rate than its rivals every month for an entire year

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Dealing with the Donald: how trade war will hit food & drink Subscription

01 Jul 2018 | By Megan Tatum

Europe and the US have imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on each other - so what effect would a full-blown trade war have?

Tesco Brand Guarantee

Tesco Brand Guarantee: a good week to bury bad news?

29 Jun 2018 | By Adam Leyland

It was a good week to bury bad news and a bad week to bury good news, says Grocer editor Adam Leyland

Strawberries in punnets

Strawberry bargains set to become a thing of the past Subscription

25 Jun 2018 | By Carina Perkins

Shoppers will face higher prices for the fruit next season, experts warn


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?

M&S Food Hall Bluewater

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


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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