Bonfire night was a marketing opportunity for only some retailers. Asda had a busy firework counter and a number of specials such as jumbo bags of potatoes, deals on branded sausages, and toffee apples. The Co-op had six different types of fireworks on sale, and Morrisons had fireworks on display but no deals. Sainsbury, however, didn t have a whiff of a bonfire night promotion, and there was nothing special at Safeway. Morrisons and Asda were heaving with people, and both our shoppers had a 15-minute wait at the checkout. At Asda there were 30 checkouts in full swing but staff still managed to be pleasant and polite. At Somerfield there were only two tills open, so queues were building up. Sainsbury at Macclesfield had recently been refurbished but staff did not seem to be coping with the new format. Shelves were empty and pallets were dumped in aisles. Packing staff at the checkouts seemed anxious to get back to refilling shelves. Specials were numerous with the Co-op having the lion's share on our list. These included 36p off Nescafé, 10p off Müller yogurts, 14p off Andrex and 16p off Kleenex tissues. Tesco and Asda had deals if you bought two packs of bacon. Sainsbury was offering 54p off its bacon. Asda checked in the cheapest full basket at £38.40. {{GROCER 33 }}