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Tesco: announces price offensive

Tesco's announcement that it is cutting its prices by a total of GBP80 million represents the start of the latest round in the supermarket price wars. It will also put price higher on the grocers' PR agenda following 2006 when deflation across all grocers eased for the first time since 2003.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jan 2007
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Wm Morrison: starting 2007 in a strong position

Like-for-like sales growth of 6.3% (excluding fuel) for the six week period over Christmas and New Year represents a continuation of the strong performance that Morrison achieved in the first half of 2006. With a new chief executive in charge, 2007 marks the start of a new era.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jan 2007
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Tesco: impressive Christmas trading

Tesco's Christmas trading figures mark a strong end to a strong year for Tesco, with UK like-for-like sales up 5.4% and new space contributing a further 2.9% to sales growth. During a period when competitors including Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer and Morrison have enjoyed recovery, Tesco has continued unabated.

Published By Datamonitor
16 Jan 2007
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Tesco: a dual revolution

Tesco has revealed plans to deliver a revolution in green consumption, including the reduction of its future emissions, pledging up to GBP500 million to 2012 in reducing energy use. While many commentators will be critical, these moves should be welcomed, as they could set a benchmark for the industry and kick-start the necessary processes to combat climate change.

Published By Datamonitor
19 Jan 2007
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Kwik Save: crisis deepens

The future of struggling grocery chain Kwik Save is in further doubt as stores run short of basic items. The news could not come at a worse time for Kwik Save, which suffered a torrid 2006 after being sold by Somerfield.

Published By Datamonitor
22 Jan 2007
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Competition Commission: inquiry focus shifts to local markets

Local choice emerges as the Competition Commission's key concern in its 'emerging thinking' document. It is not unduly concerned with Tesco's market share, its dominant position nor indeed its landbanks: it is only interested in factors that distort the market. If this is its intention it should recognize the true extent of choice consumers have and address the shortcomings of the planning system.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jan 2007
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Asda: low price DVD offer has other benefits

Asda's promotional offer of GBP9 for a DVD player is unlikely to increase the retailer's bottom line, but the deal will drive footfall into stores. It will also help Asda to reinforce its low price credentials - something that it has had trouble doing over the last 12 months.

Published By Datamonitor
25 Jan 2007
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Tesco: looking at Russian opportunity

The sheer scale of Russia represents a major opportunity for international retailers. Tesco will undoubtedly be considering its options on entering the country. However, there remain some significant barriers to entry and challenges to achieving subsequent growth.

Published By Datamonitor
31 Jan 2007
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Sainsbury: bid speculation

As a consortium consisting of CVC, Kohlberg Kravis, and Roberts and Blackstone circle UK supermarket chain J Sainsbury, a number of questions are inevitably raised. These include why the private equity houses are now showing an interest, and if they are successful, what they intend to do with the retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Feb 2007
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Asda: promising future, despite tough competition

Asda is to launch an expansion drive in a bid to improve sales growth and protect its place as the UK's second largest grocer. But, with Tesco going from strength to strength, Sainsbury close on its heels and Morrison delivering solid growth, the market remains as competitive as ever.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Feb 2007

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