Articles about supermarkets

Shopper queue from 1am for new Aldi store
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Discount food grocer, Aldi, greeted around 90 exuberant shoppers at 8am this morning for the opening of its new 935-sqm store at the Meteor Centre in Derby. Each customer – some of whom had queued since 1am – was awarded with a golden envelope which contained prizes, including a personal computer, 23” HD Ready TV, CD players and Aldi goody bags.

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Tech-savvy Britons take their shopping carts online this Christmas
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Could Christmas Eve panic buys become a thing of past? According to a new study, Britons are increasingly turning towards e-commerce for their Christmas shopping this year, with £1 in every £3 being spent online this December. A study by the British Retail Consortium found that almost £1 in every £5 is spent through computers, tablets and smartphones, making Britain the most tech-savvy nation when it comes to online retail.

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Cut-price supermarkets muscle in on big four's market share
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According to market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, Britain’s biggest supermarkets have all lost market share for the first time in at least 10 years, as cash-strapped consumers migrate to cut-price competitors such as Aldi and Lidl. Kantar said that Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons have all lost market share thanks to an influx of cut-price competitors led by German retailers Aldi and Lidl.

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Turkey prices to go up by 17%
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Prices of frozen turkeys this year are up by 17 per cent in supermarkets, despite the wholesale market only increasing by 8 per cent. Research published by The Grocer Magazine last year found that the average price of a frozen turkey weighing 5-6kg cost £17. This is compared to the £20 average which supermarket chains will be commanding this year, according to the Daily Mail.

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Asda to pilot Barclays Bank branches in store
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Asda will begin a trial with Barclays Bank to open branches within some of its stores. Four Asda supermarkets have been chosen for the pilot scheme, which will see bank branches open outside of the traditional bank opening times of 9am to 5pm. Asda’s Birchwood store in Cheshire will be the first bank to undergo scheme, followed shortly by branches in Pudsey, Watford and Broadstairs.

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Tesco behind lucrative shelving ploy which damages independent food suppliers
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A leaked memo has revealed that Tesco – the UK’s number one supermarket retailer – is charging companies thousands of pounds to ensure that their products are seen at eye level on its shelves. The revelations come after a disgruntled supplier leaked the memo to consumer goods magazine, The Grocer.

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Online grocery sales to double by 2016
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According to research conducted by IGD, online grocery sales could double by 2016 in five key northern European markets – Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The food and consumer goods research group said that Britain could have an online grocery sector worth EUR 13.7 billion by 2016, compared with EUR 7.1 billion in 2012.

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Aldi and Lidl continue to dominate on home soil
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Two of Germany’s most formidable discount grocers, Aldi and Lidl, are continuing to grow rapidly in their home market, according to a report by German magazine Focus. Aldi Nord generated sales of EUR 11.5 billion across 2,440 stores in Germany last year, but the retailer is expecting revenue to rise “significantly”.

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Tesco gearing up to launch its Express store at Belfast in University of Ulster's  £250 million scheme

British multinational grocery supermarket, Tesco, is reported to be designing to launch its small format supermarkets at Belfast near University of Ulster.

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Online grocery sales set to soar 124% by 2018 according to new research
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According to new research, the UK food and grocery market is set to jump by a fifth to a record £206 billion by 2018, as business for convenience stores and food discounters rise considerably and online sales double. IGD, the food and consumer research charity behind the findings, believe that online and convenience retailing will be the main beneficiaries as consumers become increasingly more reliant on smartphones and tablets.

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