UK Supermarkets

Supermarkets and the Christmas Marketing War

Josh Krichefski | Posted 25.03.2013 | UK
Josh Krichefski

It has been an interesting start to 2013 as far as the retail sector is concerned. We've seen the likes of HMV and Jessops collapse and we've heard all about how the big retailers - supermarkets especially - fared over the competitive Christmas period.

Charlie Thomas

Can Sir Stuart Save Ocado?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

Online retailer Ocado has secured Sir Stuart Rose as its new chairman in a move the company hopes will steer it into calmer waters. Ocado has been ...

New 'Name And Shame' Supermarket Watchdog Appointed

Charlie Thomas | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Supermarkets will be named and shamed if they don't treat their suppliers fairly, thanks to a new watchdog position created by the government. Chri...

Local Markets 'Cheaper' Than Supermarkets For Fresh Veg, Ch 4 Finds

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 21.01.2013 | UK

Supermarkets have hiked up the price of fresh fruit and vegetables, meaning markets and local shops are up to 35% cheaper for healthy food, an investi...

More Retail Woe As December Records Show A Drop In Sales

Charlie Thomas | Posted 18.01.2013 | UK

Analysts were taken by surprise on Friday after the Office for National Statistics revealed retail sales fell by 0.1% after remaining flat in November...

Tesco Apologises In Full Page Ad For Horse Meat Burgers

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.01.2013 | UK

Supermarket giant Tesco has placed full-page adverts in a number of national newspapers apologising to customers for selling beef burgers containing h...

Charlie Thomas

Eat A Lot Of Chocolate This Christmas?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 16.01.2013 | UK

Did you buy some chocolates in the supermarket or a petrol station over Christmas? You weren't alone - figures released by chocolate retailer Thornton...

Charlie Thomas

Tesco's Turnaround Gathers Steam As Christmas Figures Beat The Competition

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 10.01.2013 | UK

Supermarket giant Tesco has outperformed its rivals with a 1.8% like-for-like sales growth for the Christmas trading period. The positive figures w...

Tesco Retro

Rosie Fenton | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Fenton

This particular Tesco has sorted its magazines by placing those magazines, and others, into 'Men's interests'. It's the ignorance that I find most depressing, apparently no one has had a brainwave that a woman might be interested in wider affairs.

Charlie Thomas

Sainsbury's Reports Solid Christmas Trading Figures

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has reported a solid set of figures for its Christmas trading period, with like-for-like sales for third quarter up 1.5%...

Charlie Thomas

Department Stores Perform Over Christmas, But More Retailers Will Fail In 2013

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK

Department store giant Debenhams has reported a 5% rise in its December sales for 2012, the highest number of sales in its history for the month. T...

Charlie Thomas

Has Morrisons Had Another Poor Christmas?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Supermarket chain Morrisons has reportedly experienced a poor Christmas sales period, according to a prediction from a well known retail broker. In...

Apparently Parking Spaces Are Running Out At Asda

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

They say its shopping chaos out there. We wouldn't know as we're beavering away, giving you something to read while you're in a two-mile queue at the ...

Supermarket Singles: Why a Trip to Grab the Groceries Can Be a Real Tearjerker

The Guyliner | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Guyliner

Almost everything sold in the supermarket is aimed at an audience of two or more. Your hand hovers over the English muffins, packed in sixes. You'll never eat six, not before they go stale. The only way you could get through six muffins before the mould hits is by having them for every meal for the next two days.

Charlie Thomas

Will Christmas Be Kind For Thorntons?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 15.12.2012 | UK

Chocolate retailer Thorntons is embarking on a business overhaul which will see £10 million invested into developing an online platform, and a renewe...

Reduced To Clear? Tesco Signals Retreat From The US Market

Charlie Thomas | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK

Tesco, the UK's largest supermarket, has been forced into reviewing its US venture, 'Fresh & Easy', and admitted general merchandise sales in the UK h...

A Supermarket Guide to Non-Alcoholic Beer

Brodie Smithers | Posted 03.02.2013 | Home
Brodie Smithers

There is a large section of society who are violently allergic to the concept of non-alcoholic beer. I also know the most common misgiving is the whole "What's the point?" question. With comparisons to sex without the orgasm and coffee without the caffeine it is a difficult sell for most people.

Supermarkets Sign Up To Price Promotion Principles - But Why Hasn't Asda?

Charlie Thomas | Posted 30.11.2012 | UK

Aldi, Co-Op, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, Tesco and Waitrose have agreed to make promotions on their food and drink fairer. But...

Branded

Judi Sutherland | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Judi Sutherland

'Thank you for taking the time to post your views on our wall. This is entirely a matter for the Sun - it is not for us to comment on editorial decisions.' So said Tesco's 'Customer Care' when a No More Page Three supporter asked why it continues to shovel advertising spend into the Sun.

Alcohol Price Hike Will Tackle 'Drunken Mayhem'

PA | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

The coalition is to unveil controversial plans to tackle "drunken mayhem" on Britain's streets by introducing a higher-than-expected minimum alcohol p...

Charlie Thomas

Is Aldi Becoming Posh?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 28.11.2012 | UK

Signs are afoot that discount supermarket Aldi is woo-ing middle class shoppers, as Britons and their European counterparts tire of cheap goods. Th...

Hovis Sheds 900 Jobs

Charlie Thomas | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK

Hovis owner Premier Foods has announced it will close two of its bakeries, putting 900 jobs up for redundancy. The biggest impact will be in Birmin...

Iceland CEO Goes To New Frozen Extremes

Charlie Thomas | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK

Iceland Foods celebrated its 42nd birthday on 19 November by recreating Robert Scott's British Antarctic Expedition to raise funds for charity. The...

LOOK: The Government's New Food Labelling System

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Comedy

The government is introducing a new style of food labelling in order to help supermarket shoppers make healthy choices. So how will it work, exactl...

Healthy Food Labelling Introduced Across The Board

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK

Food labelling is to be made consistent across all supermarkets so that shoppers can easily spot the healthiest option. The new system will provide...