Campaigning to curb supermarket power

2007

 

Up to 3,000 traditional shops quit high street

Daily Telegraph, 27th December 2007

The dramatic decline of the traditional British fishmonger and butcher has been laid bare, with official figures showing that nearly 3,000 have gone out of business or quit the industry in the past seven years...read more...
 

 Out-of-town stores 'will be a death warrant'

Daily Telegraph, 27th December 2007

Proposals to allow more out-of-town developments would mean "signing a death warrant for our high streets", campaigners will say today...read more...
 

 OFT clears Tesco stores purchase

Just-food.com, 5th December 2007

The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will not be referring Tesco's acquisition of five stores from supermarket operator Somerfield to the Competition Commission...read more...

 OFT - Supermarkets admit involvement in anti-competitive practices

The Retail Bulletin,  December 7 2007

OFT welcomes early resolution agreements and agrees over £116m penalties...read more...

 Tesco US subsidiary moves into food production

Financial Times, 3rd December 2007

Tesco has become a food manufacturer for the first time as part of its efforts to win over US shoppers...read more...

 Tesco makes US discount chain foray

Financial Times, 2nd December 2007

Tesco is breaking with tradition by moving into the hard-discount market in an effort to build a substantial US convenience chain that could hit 1,000 stores with the next five years...read more...

 Setback for Tesco's US expansion plan

Financial Times, 1st December 2007

Tesco has suffered a legal setback in its ambitious expansion plans in the US, after a California court ruled that its main warehouse did not comply with environmental planning law...read more...

 Sir Terry Leahy spells out Tesco’s massive global ambitions

The Times, 26th November 2007

Tesco is planning to generate more than half of its annual revenue from overseas markets within the next decade, a doubling of the proportion from the 27 per cent it currently achieves...read more...

 Rivals press inquiry to rein in Tesco

Sunday Times, 25th November 2007

TESCO’s rivals will seek to stymie the unrelenting expansion of Britain’s biggest supermarket chain this weekend when they submit initial responses to a Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery sector...read more...

 Tesco superstore rejected by Norfolk council

Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2007

Conservationists have hailed a council's decision to refuse permission for a Tesco supermarket in the Norfolk seaside town of Sheringham...read more...
 

 Welcome to Tescoland: borough has 21 branches

Evening Standard, 16th November 2007

Welcome to Tescoland: borough has 21 branches
Westminster council has been accused of letting central London become "Tescoland" after giving the go-ahead for its 21st branch in the borough...read more... 

 Tesco has a flutter in Vegas

The Observer, 11th November 2007

The US market is a hard one to crack, but the supermarket chain is moving in...read more...

 Tesco lives its California dream

Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2007

William Kay joins shoppers in Hemet for a sneak preview of how Sir Terry Leahy aims to attract US customers...read more...

 

 Scary new health plans: Medical check-up at your local Asda or Tesco

Daily Mail, 8th November 2007
 
Your local GP could soon be a Tesco worker or Asda employee, under "frightening" new health plans. Doctors' surgeries could be run by supermarkets in a proposed scheme - thought to be the first in the country - that would allow non-healthcare private sector firms to run GP services...read more...

 Supermarkets ‘squeezing farms to death’

The Times, 6th November 2007

Britain’s farming industry could be reduced to a memory “within a generation”, the Church of England cautioned yesterday. The Church criticised the British obsession with cheap food and accused supermarkets of putting farmers’ livelihoods at risk...read more...

 Shopkeepers’ legal threat over supermarket probeJenny

The Sunday Times, 4th November 2007

INDEPENDENT shopkeepers have launched a stinging attack on competition regulators this weekend, accusing them of using flawed data to prove that small stores are not being damaged by the inexorable rise of the big four supermarkets...read more...

 Tesco faces hidden perils from inquiry

The Sunday Times, 4th November 2007

While Britain’s largest retailer welcomed the Competition Commission’s findings, it may yet be hit harder than its rivals...read more...

 Supermarkets could be forced to sell land

The Guardian, 31st October 2007

Britain's major supermarket chains are not competing effectively in some local markets, the Competition Commission said today, as it warned that it will take action to ensure a better deal for consumers...read more...

 Ten years of supermarket sweeps

The Guardian, 31st October 2007

Whisper it quietly: one pound in every seven that is spent in British shops goes through Tesco's tills...read more...

 Freeman pushes his inquiry to the checkout

Daily Telegraph, 30th October 2007

As chairman of the Competition Commission, Peter Freeman has striven to avoid public attention; indeed, the 59-year-old former lawyer likes to describe himself as "boring"...read more...

 Shakeup of planning rules expected in supermarket competition inquiry

The Guardian, 29th October 2007

· New rules could make it easier to open stores
· Permanent ombudsman mooted to monitor market

A shake-up of planning regulations making it easier for supermarkets to open new stores will be put forward by competition authorities this week...read more...

 Residents fight plans for eighth Tesco in their cityMail on Sunday, 28 October 2007

Tesco is facing its fiercest campaign yet from locals who are opposed to its store opening plans...read more..  Farmers to prevail over 'bullying' stores

Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2007

Farmers will win a key battle against "bullying" supermarkets this week as a government watchdog supports their argument that suppliers need more protection...read more...

 Watchdog set to clamp down on big four supermarkets

Daily Telegraph, 29th October 2007

The Competition Commission is expected to curb the power of the big four grocery chains by introducing checks on whether a store already dominated a market before allowing further expansion...read more...

 Watchdog to slam Big Four on land sales

Sunday Telegraph, 27th October 2007

Britain's Big Four supermarkets face an unprecedented clampdown on their controversial land-holding practices and could have their relationships with suppliers regulated by an independent ombudsman for the first time...read more...

 Watchdog to demand an end to planning of ‘Tesco towns’

Sunday Times, 28th October 2007

CRACKDOWN on “Tesco towns” is set to be unveiled this week by the Competition Commission when it releases the provisional findings of its 18-month inquiry into the UK grocery market...read more...

 Watchdog seeks supermarket referee to ensure a level playing field

The Times, 29th October 2007

An independent ombudsman could be appointed to oversee supermarkets’ relations with suppliers, the Competition Commission is expected to suggest in a report to be published on Wednesday...read more...

 Eco-friendly Tesco start canal transport scheme

Daily Mail, 18th October 2007
 
Tesco is to become the first major retailer to start transporting freight by canal...read more...

 Tesco may re-enter market with fully fledged online estate agencyTesco is considering a push into Britain’s property market by launching a fully fledged online estate agency...read more... Waitrose boss lambasts giant for crushing rivals

The Times, October 8, 2007

Waitrose boss lambasts giant for crushing rivalsElizabeth Judge 
The head of Waitrose launched a scathing attack on Tesco yesterday, accusing its rival of being anticompetitive and of using its financial might to stamp out rivals...read more...

 

 Supermarket ‘bullies’ face crackdown

Sunday Times, October 7, 2007

COMPETITION regulators are set to announce a crackdown on bully-boy tactics from Britain’s biggest supermarkets in their relationships with suppliers...read more...

 Profits rise but rain douses Tesco's sales

The Times, 2nd October 2007

The supermarket giant reported an 18 per cent rise in interim profits despite a slowdown in both UK and international sales...read more...

 Tesco lines up internet initiative to sell clothes

The Observer, 30th September 2007

Tesco is to sell clothes over the internet for the first time, it will announce this week when it unveils its interim figures...read more...

 Tesco growth weakest since 2000

Sunday Telegraph, 1st October 2007

Tesco, Britain's biggest supermarket, is expected to report its slowest quarter of domestic sales growth since 2000 this week when it unveils its half-year results...read more...
 

 Hamnett pulls out of Tesco range

Daily Telegraph,  28th September 2007

Designer Katharine Hamnett is to terminate a deal to supply organic and fair trade clothing to Tesco...read more...

 

 US: Tesco signals Fresh & Easy expansion

Just-Food.com, 26th September 2007

Tesco has earmarked over 40 further sites in inland California for its US food retail business Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market...read more...

 Tesco smoothes way with US suppliers

Mail on Sunday, 23rd September 2007

Tesco has launched a charm offensive with American suppliers by promising a formal process through which they can complain to bosses...read more...

 

Big four accused of fixing dairy prices

The Guardian, 21st September, 2007

· Supermarkets could face multi-million pound fines
· Consumers paying extra 3p on pint of milk

The four big supermarkets and dairies were accused yesterday of illegally colluding to increase the price consumers pay for milk, cheese and butter...read more...

 Supermarkets 'fixed dairy prices'

BBC, 20th September 2007

The OFT alleges that dairy prices were fixed over a two-year period 
The UK's big four supermarkets and dairies colluded to keep the price of dairy goods artificially high, the Office of Fair Trading has claimed...read more...

 UK: Tesco launches "green" institute

just-food.com, 12th September 2007

Tesco, the UK's largest grocer, has looked to boost its green credentials with the formation of a research body to study how business and consumers can act in more environmentally friendly ways...read more...

 Tories back farmers and small shops in fight with supermarkets

The Guardian, 11th September 2007

A crackdown on powerful supermarket monopolies to prevent them from throttling local shops and farmers is to be proposed this week by the Tory party in a move that will put it at odds with some of Britain's most dominant companies...read more...

 Tesco raises its milk payments to farmers

The Sunday Times, 9th September 2007

TESCO has struck a landmark deal this weekend to pay 5.5p more a litre to its milk farmers...read more...

 Tesco faces attack over carbon footprint

The Observer, 9th September 2007

Tesco's recent attempt to present itself as a force for environmental good appears to be backfiring, as evidence emerges that Britain's biggest retailer has severely underestimated its true contribution to climate change...read more...

 Retail giant signals an end to the cost-cutting war as concern grows over the quality of cheap food

The Observer, 2nd September 2007

It was the £2 chicken that finally ended the war. When Asda slashed the price of its birds by almost a quarter last month and began selling poultry for less than a tin of cat food, the supermarket dared its most bitter rival to match the price. But instead of accepting the challenge, Tesco has surprised the industry by claiming the moral high ground. In what has been hailed as an end to loss-leading cheap food, Tesco is going to put up its prices...read more...

 Tesco Juggernaut rolls onDaily Mail, 31st August 2007

The grocery giant already owns vast swathes of the country. Now Tesco is under fire for driving a bulldozer through the planning system. From Bury St Edmunds to Liverpool, it is angering councillors, local residents and its rivals...read more... Retailers must raise prices, say Scottish farmers

Just-food.com, 31st August 2007

UK retailers must raise prices if they wish to continue to stock Scottish produce, the head of the Scottish farmers union has said. Jim McLaren, president of NFU Scotland (NFUS), said livestock farmers need to see an "urgent lift" in prices to ensure supplies to retailers as cereal prices continue to rise...read more...

 Tesco faces demolishing supermarket extension

Daily Telegraph, 29th August 2007

Councillors in Bury St Edmunds have refused to grant Tesco retrospective approval for a store extension which was built without planning permission. The council could now force the leading supermarket chain to demolish the extension...read more...

 'Suppliers suffer from supermarket price cuts'

Sunday Telegraph, 26th August 2007

Britain's powerful supermarkets have been accused of bullying farmers and food producers in order to keep costs low. James Hall investigates a cut-throat world...read more...
 

 Tesco: named, shamed and an unstoppable success

The Observer, 26th August 2007

Tesco is a stunning financial success, reshaping itself to consumers' needs, moving into new markets, and holding off Sainsbury's and US giant Wal-Mart. But its sheer scale makes it hugely controversial: the pressure group 'Tescopoly', an alliance of trades unions, farmers and campaigners, was set up two years ago to highlight the environmental and social impact of the supermarket giant...read more... 

 Ethical checkout for the shopping superpowersThe Observer, 26th August, 2007  The pile-'em-high, sell-'em-cheap philosophy of Tesco founder Jack Cohen has helped to spawn some of Britain's most consistently successful businesses. Supermarkets and other food retailers have transformed how we shop, and delivered huge profits to shareholders and low prices to consumers...read more... Regulate the Big Four supermarkets, say MPs

Sunday Telegraph, 26th August 2007

A watchdog with legal powers to stop the exploitation of farmers and other small suppliers by the UK's biggest supermarkets should be created as soon as possible, a group of MPs, pressure groups and think tanks has warned...read more...

 How suppliers get the sharp end of supermarkets' hard sell

The Guardian, 25th August 2007

At last, it is said, competition watchdogs have found the "smoking gun" they have spent years hunting for: hard evidence that the big supermarkets use their muscle to bully suppliers and extract unreasonable price cuts...read more...

 Watchdog intensifies supermarket inquiry

Guardian, 20th August 2007

Competition watchdogs are considering sending staff into Tesco and Asda offices to hunt for evidence that the supermarkets have been abusing their suppliers...read more...

 Farmers complain of 'ruthless buyers'

Sunday Telegraph, 20th August 2007

Threatening and abusive emails from Britain's biggest supermarkets, bullying farmers and food suppliers into cutting prices, have been uncovered by investigators...read more...

 Misery at bottom of supermarket supply chain

The Guardian, 15th August 2007

British supermarkets were under renewed pressure to clean up abuses in their supply chains yesterday as a Guardian investigation revealed that 40 Bulgarians found by the authorities to be illegally employed and exploited by a gangmaster in Cornwall were picking and packing vegetables destined for Tesco and Morrisons...read more...

 Superstores ‘drive small firms under’

Sunday Times, 12th August 2007

BRITAIN’s big supermarket chains are forcing their suppliers out of business with their “unreasonable” behaviour, according to Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm...read more...

 Tesco told to halt work on new Slough store

Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2007

Tesco has been ordered by the Competition Commission to stop work on a controversial retail development in Slough. The unprecedented move follows a long-running row about Tesco's acquisition and subsequent demolition of a Co-op supermarket on the site - a mile from one of the largest and most profitable Tesco stores in the country...read more...

 

 Tesco's Fresh & Easy stores hit image problem before opening

The Times, 3rd August 2007

Tesco wants its new Fresh & Easy chain to be as ubiquitous as Starbucks in America, where it is marketing itself as a socially responsible, green and healthy alternative to established retailers...read more... 

 Tesco's US operations under fire

The Guardian, 3rd August, 2007

Tesco has been criticised by US researchers for its relations with trade unions and for its environmental record...read more...

 US: Tesco unveils LA stores plan

Just-food.com, 20th July 2007

UK retail giant Tesco has unveiled plans to open Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market throughout the Los Angeles area...read more...

 Tesco recruiter's ban on speaking Welsh

Western Mail, 29th June 2007
 
TESCO and a recruitment agency that supplies it with workers were yesterday accused of instructing people not to speak Welsh at work...read more...
 

 

 Tesco sets aside green issues to focus resources on a price war

The Times, 13th July 2007

Tesco is launching its biggest price-led advertising campaign for a decade amid growing concerns of a slowdown on the high street. The £4 million campaign, starting on television tonight, will feature independent price checks on 10,000 products in each supermarket chain and show where Tesco is cheaper – or more expensive...read more...

 Fruit picker confronts Tesco over breadline pay

The Independent, 30th June 2007

A fruit-picker from South African condemned Tesco's labour practices in person at the company's AGM yesterday, claiming that workers such as herelf were receiving "breadline" wages. Gertruida Baartman attended the annual meeting of Britain's biggest retailer as a shareholder after the charity ActionAid bought her a single share and flew her to London. ...read more...

 Brown begins to make his mark

The Guardian, 29th June 2007

So Gordon Brown has appointed Tesco's chief executive as one of a new council of business figures to advise him on how to make Britain a better place to do business (You're hired: jobs for private equity boss and Sugar, June 28).Tesco paid chief executive Terry Leahy £4.6m in cash and shares last year, and plans to award him a package of up to £11.5m at its annual meeting today. Yet at the same meeting Tesco will recommend that shareholders oppose a resolution from our company secretary which aims to improve the plight of workers in Bangladesh paid just 5p an hour to make its clothes. ...read more...

 Tesco execs on the rack at AGM

The Guardian, 29th June 2007

Tesco faced an unprecedented revolt today over the meagre wages it pays workers in the developing world to supply its supermarkets with everything from cheap clothing to fruit.Shareholders at the company's annual meeting in London also voiced their anger at a controversial new pay scheme for chief executive Sir Terry Leahy, which could see him pocket over £11m if Tesco's expansion into the US market succeeds.More than one-in-six shareholders failed to back Sir Terry's new pay scheme, while almost 20% of shareholders refused to reject a resolution calling for Tesco to pay workers in the developing world a "living wage". ...read more...

 Tesco faces call for ethical audit

The Independent, 29th June 2007

Allegations that Tesco buys cheap clothes from foreign sweatshops will come under scrutiny at its annual meeting today.A resolution calling for independent audits of its suppliers in the developing world has been tabled by the charity War on Want.In its Fashion Victims report last December, the anti-poverty charity alleged that workers in Bangladesh were being paid as little as 5p an hour in "deathtrap" factories to make garments for Tesco, Asda and Primark.War on Want expects its resolution to win the support of more than 100 shareholders. But it is opposed by Tesco and institutional shareholders. ...read more...

 

 Tesco suffers protest vote over chief's pay packageProxy votes reveal that nearly 17 per cent have refused to support package that could pay Sir Terry Leahy up to £11.5 million...read more... Thompson accuses Tesco over farm pay

Daily Telegraph, 29th June 2007

The Oscar-winning actress, Emma Thompson, yesterday accused Tesco of subjecting its South African fruit pickers to "appalling" pay and conditions...read more...
 

 Fruit picker tells of her suffering since shaming supermarket

The Guardian, June 29 2007

The world that Gertruida Baartman inhabits could not be further removed from the cosy chats with Gordon Brown and photocalls with Premiership footballers enjoyed by Sir Terry Leahy...read more...

 Tesco has to play fair on wages for farmworkers

Emma Thompson, 28th June 2007

When Tesco meets tomorrow for its AGM, it will need to answer some tough questions about how it treats people in poor countries. Gertruida Baartman, a fruit picker from South Africa's Western Cape, has made the journey to London for a second year to ask Tesco's bosses why she works in such appalling conditions. At last year's AGM they promised to look into conditions on their farms. She will tell them things are just as bad today. I have visited these farms, and was shocked at what I saw. ...read more...

 Tesco to axe 400 domestic distribution jobs

Just-food.com, 28th June 2007
  
UK retailer Tesco is to axe up to 400 jobs at a domestic distribution centre following a review of its network in the country...read more...

 Tesco to open three US stores a week

The Sunday Times, 10th June 2007

THE supermarket giant Tesco is plotting to open a new store every two-and-a-half days in America...read more...

 Tesco drives into America

The Sunday Times, 10th June 2007

Tim Mason has spent the past two years finding out what the American shopper wants...read more...

 Tesco puts the cart before the trolley in bid to crack America

The Observer, 10th June 2007

The retail giant is launching an ambitious campaign to conquer the US with a a new chain of 'healthy' shops called Fresh and Easy...read more...

 Tesco's warning from US unions

The Observer, 10th June 2007

Retail giant threatened with boycott as it prepares launch of American chain. American union officials have sounded their strongest warning yet to Tesco, stating that they will impede the retailer's West Coast debut with mass picketing if it does not talk to them...read more...

 Dobbies falls to Tesco as supermarket forks out £155 million

The Times, 9th June 2007

Tesco made a pitch for the green and grey pounds yesterday with the surprise £155.6 million acquisition of Dobbies Garden Centres, its first significant deal outside the grocery sector...read more...

 British Grocer Set to Dip Toe in U.S. Market

New York Times, 6th June 2007

Tesco, a British food retailer, hopes outlets like this one in the Chelsea section of London will do well as Fresh and Easy stores in America...read more...

 

 

 

 

 Tesco takes on 'sleepy' solicitors

Sunday Telegraph, 3rd June 2007

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, is plotting to take on high street solicitors by launching a property conveyancing service...read more...

 Tesco drivers threaten to empty the shelves with nationwide strike

The Independent, 28 May 2007

Tesco is facing a national strike by more than 5,000 drivers and warehouse staff that could lead to shortages on the shelves at Britain's biggest supermarket group...read more...

 Tesco in olive branch bid to end driver row

Edinburgh News, 24th May 2007

SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has made a peace offering to delivery drivers starting a three-day strike at a Lothian depot today...read more...

 Banana firm 'exploits migrants'

BBC.co.uk, 23rd May 2007

A leading supplier of fair trade fruit has been accused of exploiting Eastern European migrant workers in the UK.  Workers at Pratt's Bananas in Luton, Beds, say they have to work excessive hours, six or seven days a week, and fear losing their jobs if they refuse...read more... 
 

 Proposals give supermarkets an easy ride to out-of-town centres

The Times, 22nd May 2007

Big supermarket chains were yesterday given the opportunity to build out-of-town developments after the Government released proposals to relax planning laws...read more...

 Tesco bid to expand thrown outThis is Oxfordshire.co.uk, 22nd May 2007
 
Plans to expand Tesco's supermarket on the edge of Abingdon were thrown out by councillors at a White Horse District Council planning committee meeting tonight...read more... Turning their backs on Tesco

Sunday Herald, 20th May 2007

Every little helps … especially when you’re trying to block Tesco’s plans to build a giant supermarket in your Glasgow neighbourhood. Stephen Phelan reports on the street-level activism taking root in Partick...read more...

 Asda ready to open 300 home stores

The Observer, 20th May 2007

ASDA owner Wal-Mart has given the green light to the opening of up to 300 new homeware stores in the UK as part of a push by chief executive Andy Bond to beat Sainsbury's in the battle for sales...read more...

 Government under pressure over superstores

Daily Telegraph, 18th May 2007

Conservationists have accused the Government of giving in to pressure from Asda and its giant American parent Wal-Mart to relax rules on building out of town superstores around England's market towns...read more...
 

 Sainsbury’s may lift chief’s pay after fourfold profit rise

The Times, May 17th 2007

Sir Philip Hampton, the chairman of J Sainsbury, yesterday hinted that he may increase the pay of Justin King, its chief executive, as the supermarket group revealed a fourfold rise in pre-tax profits...read more...

 Investor forces ethics on to Tesco agenda

The Guardian, May 14th 2007

A small shareholder has amassed enough support to force the issue of ethical trading with suppliers onto the agenda at Tesco's annual shareholders' meeting...read more...

 THAILAND: Government outlines law to curb retail giants

Just-Food.com, 8th May 2007

Thailand's government has agreed fresh legislation to curb the expansion of the world's retail giants in the country...read more...

 Regulator issues writs as supermarket suppliers go shtoom

Sunday Telegraph, May 6th 2007

The Competition Commission has been forced to issue subpoenas to a raft of retail industry trade bodies in a desperate attempt to secure evidence in its drawn-out probe into the supermarket sector...read more...

 Small shops rap watchdog

The Sunday Times, May 6 2007

Independent shopkeepers have launched a stinging attack on competition regulators this weekend, accusing them of failing to do enough research on the buying power of Britain’s four biggest supermarkets...read more...

 Tesco coy as Coles speculation intensifies

Just-food.com, May 4th 2007
 
UK retailer Tesco has remained silent on rumours that it is preparing to enter the fray in the sale of Australia's number two retailer Coles Group...read more...

 UK: Supermarkets under fire over ‘banana wars’

Just-food.com, May 3rd 2007

Fairtrade groups have attacked UK supermarkets over a round of banana price cuts which, fairtrade advocates say, will put pressure on banana producers...read more...

 Green Grocer: Tesco's Building its Eco-Friendly Brand in US

New York Post, 1st May 2007

As British food retailer Tesco prepares to enter the U.S. and take on Wal-Mart, it's opening a new front in the battle for American consumers along environmental lines...read more...

 300 French-style hypermarkets planned for UKIndependent on Sunday, 29 April 2007 

Britain's high streets will become ghostly places, echoing to the sound of shutters flapping on empty independent stores, as French-style hypermarkets are built throughout the country...read more... Rising prices, failing farms. The strange story of milk

The Guardian, 24th April 2007

As cow 777 passes from the herd, nudged by an automated gate into the milking parlour at Kemble Farms, the signal from the transponder in the bracelet on her foreleg is read by the Cotswold estate's computer. ...Read more...

 Tesco accused of undermining “food culture”

just-food.com, 23rd April 2007

Tesco has come under fresh attack with the Guild of Fine Foods claiming that the group's growth is at the expense of farms, small food producers and the UK's "food culture"...read more...

 6p a T-shirt. 30p an hour for shelling cashews. Supermarkets accused of exploiting women

The Guardian, 23rd April 2007

· Grocers talk green but abuse workers, says report
· Demand for government regulator to end hypocrisy 

An independent watchdog should be set up to ensure supermarkets do not drive their profits higher on the back of vulnerable workers in developing countries while presenting themselves as socially responsible companies at home, a report demands today...read more...

 UK supermarkets are 'driving down wages of world's poorest workers'

The Independent, 23rd April 2007

The low prices enjoyed by shoppers at British supermarkets are paid for by poor wages, job insecurity and a denial of basic human rights for workers in some of the world's poorest countries, a report has concluded...read more...

 Tesco: Europe's biggest property company

Sunday Telegraph, 22nd April, 2007

Shoppers who think that Tesco is just a retailer, selling gallons of milk, tonnes of spuds and rails of cheap clothing to the world, should think again. Tesco may look like a supermarket group, but when Britain's biggest retailer said last week that it is sitting on property assets worth £28bn, it outed itself as Europe's biggest property company...read more...

 Tesco faces Slough of despond

The Telegraph, 22nd April 2007

Tesco could be forced to sell one its most profitable stores to a rival following a Competition Commission investigation into the retailer's purchase and subsequent demolition of a neighbouring supermarket...read more...

 A tale of two retailers: Tesco thrives as Debenhams sinks

The Independent, 18th April 2007

Sir Terry Leahy signalled yesterday that Tesco was looking to build as big a business in the United States as it has in the United Kingdom as the supermarket chain unveiled record profits of £2.6bn and spelt out the value of its global property estate...read more...

 Tesco sets sights on major US expansion

Daily Telegraph, 18th April 2007

Comment:Tesco leads the way on property strategy too. Tesco will begin recruiting shopfloor staff to work in its United States convenience chain within months and plans to open a "significant" number of stores by the end of the year...read more...

   

 A tale of two towns

The Guardian,  April 18, 2007

Tesco's march across the UK has seen two communities in west Scotland react very differently. On Monday, some 150 people met in Partick Burgh Halls in Glasgow's west end to protest at plans for a 24-hour Tesco superstore allied to a housing development on a 10,000 sq metre derelict site...read more...

 UK sales push Tesco to another record

The Guardian, 17th April 2007

Supermarkets group Tesco today pushed profits through the £2.5bn barrier and said that it will hand back £3bn to its shareholders. The profit figure represents a 13.2% increase on the previous year and came on the back of a near 11% increase in sales, to £46.6bn....Read more...

 Tesco Plans $217 Million Expansion in Thailand

Reuters, 11th April 2007

The Thai unit of Tesco, Britain's largest retailer, said on Wednesday it would spend 7 billion baht ($217.4 million) on expanding in Thailand this year. ...Read more...

 Big Four milk green initiatives

The Sunday Telegraph, 8th April 2007

Britain's "Big Four" supermarkets have launched 52 separate supplier and environmental initiatives in just 11 months in an attempt to undermine the Competition Commission's probe into the £95bn grocery sector. Since the commission announced its investigation into the supermarket sector last May, Tesco, J Sainsbury, Asda and Wm Morrison have unleashed a deluge of supplier, environmental and community-friendly initiatives to address the issues that the commission is seeking to examine. ...Read more...

 Supermarkets wage Easter egg price war

The Guardian, 5th April 2007

The biggest retailers are accused of using chocolate as a loss-leader as they compete to pull in shoppers. ...Read more...

 Make way for Big Organic

New Statesman, 2nd April 2007

Is big business capable of providing a solution to the environmental crisis? The arrival in Britain of a supersized wholefood chain is opening fissures in the green movement...read more...

 Tesco denies abusing local market power

The Observer, 1st April 2007

Supermarket claims Competition Commission's line of inquiry into its dominance is flawed. Tesco will tomorrow strenuously rebut allegations that it exerts a stranglehold over the UK's £124bn grocery market as fresh evidence suggests that supermarket demands are putting farmers out of existence...read more...

 Tesco on offensive over inquiry

Sunday Telegraph, 1st April 2007

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, will tomorrow demand a major rethink of the way in which the Competition Commission is carrying out its probe into the grocery market. In a provocative, punchy and highly technical submission to the anti-trust watchdog, Tesco will claim that the commission's premise that the grocery market is "local" is fundamentally flawed...read more...

 Asda sounds out regulators over Sainsbury's bid

The Independent, 27 March 2007 

Wal-Mart, the owner of Asda, is seeking soundings from competition regulators on whether it could make a late entrance into the takeover fray for J Sainsbury. A combination of Asda and Sainsbury's, Britain's number two and three supermarkets, would have a similar market share to Tesco...read more...

 Tesco Malaysia aims for 40 hypermarkets in five years

The Star, 26 March 2007

Tesco Malaysia hopes to have 40 hypermarkets within five years, said its CEO Chris Bush. He said there were plans to expand anywhere between five and eight stores in Malaysia every year...read more...

 Tesco Booze Bid Blocked

Sky News, 26  March 2007

Tesco has been refused a licence to sell alcohol in its Bournville store, near Birmingham...read more...

 Asda sews up George deal

Sunday Telegraph, 26th March 2007
   
Asda, the UK supermarket chain owned by Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, will switch the production of a proportion of its George clothing range back to the UK in an attempt to boost the beleaguered British clothing industry and make the retailer appear more friendly to local suppliers...read more...

 Tesco funds more expansion abroad with £570m sale and leaseback dealThe Guardian, March 22nd 2007

· British Land to buy 21 stores in joint venture
· UK's top retailer will open 400 shops abroad this year

Tesco is raising more than £500m to expand abroad by selling its property to British Land and then leasing it back....Read more... Tesco accused of 'predatory' behaviourThe Daily Telegraph, March 19th 2007

Tesco has come under fire from many interest groups, from Greenpeace to the Women's Institute. Its latest detractor is more surprising: former Conservative minister Sir John Nott.He has written a coruscating letter to the Competition Commission calling for Tesco to be broken up, calling its behaviour "predatory". ...Read more... ‘Tesco jails’ and more DNA testing planned

The Times, 15th March 2007

Short-term “jails” are planned for supermarkets and town centres to deal with yobs and shoplifters under Home Office proposals to ease the burden on police. Discussions have already started about building a “retail jail” inside the Selfridges store in Oxford Street, London.  ...Read more...

 Cheap - but not so cheerful?

The Guardian, 14th March 2007

With more than 400 stores in the UK - and plans to open another 40 this year - Lidl is becoming the supermarket of choice for foodies in search of a bargain, as well as families on a tight budget. Yet while Tesco comes under fire for its aggressive expansion, no one seems to care what Lidl does - even if some staff suffer in the rush for profits. ...Read more...

 Tesco shoppers bag a bargain with Open University

The Guardian, February 6th 2007

Forget swapping your Tesco vouchers for a bag of groceries. Now shoppers who diligently collect points using their loyalty cards can exchange them for a university degree. ...Read more...

 Gangmaster raids expose illegal working conditions

The Indepedent, 13th March 2007

Spot checks have revealed the illegal and harsh world of east European workers packing vegetables for the country's biggest supermarket chains. Inspectors from the Government's new agricultural labour agency found serious breaches of employment laws when they visited three packing plants in the West Midlands. ...Read more...

 Whole Foods goes to London

Chron.com, 11th March 2007

Austin-based natural foods giant Whole Foods Market plans to open a flagship store in central London in June as the first step in what could become a major expansion overseas. ...Read more...

 Grocery chains face wrath of God

The Telegraph, 10th March 2007

The ultimate arbiter of competition law has waded into the debate over whether Tesco and other British supermarkets have grown too large - God. A submission to the Competition Commission, which is investigating whether supermarkets abuse their power, from the Diocese of Exeter has added a new dimension to the commission's deliberations. ...Read more...

 Seven labour providers' licenses revoked

Food and Drink Europe.com, March 8th 2007

The licenses of seven labour providers to a major UK food processor were revoked last night, including one whose workers felt "in some danger". All seven gangmasters were providing labour to Bomfords, a Worcester-based food processor that supplies many UK supermarkets. ...Read more...

 Sainsbury's bidders get six weeks to come up with an offer

The Guardian, 7th March 2007

The consortium of private equity groups stalking J Sainsbury has six weeks to come up with an offer for the supermarket group or walk away. ...Read more...

 Watch out Carrefour, here comes Tesco

ERT Weekly.com, 7th March 2007

The lead of France’s Carrefour among Europe’s hypermarkets is under threat – it could be overtaken by the UK’s Tesco within the next 10 years. ...Read more...

 Exposed: the tricks supermarkets use to make rip-offs look like bargains

The Daily Mail, 7th March 2007

Every little helps! The very best for less! Everyday low prices! Quality food attractively priced! Listen to our supermarkets' slogans and you might be persuaded that they all compete madly to give price-conscious shoppers the very best deal. But do they? ...Read more...

 Wal-Mart plots to scupper US Tesco

The Sunday Times, 4th March 2007

Supermarket giant Wal-Mart has charged a former Tesco executive to come up with plans to torpedo the British group’s debut in America. Tesco intends to make its US entry later this year with a chain called Fresh & Easy. Wal-Mart’s response is coordinated by David Wild, a former international managing director of Tesco, now working at Wal-Mart’s Arkansas headquarters...read more...

 The Big Question: Are supermarkets changing our way of life, and should we be alarmed?

The Independent, February 28th 2007

Why are we asking this question now?

Campaign groups are protesting at the "corrosive" impact the big grocers have on everyday life and demanding new limits on their businesses, from tighter planning laws to a new consumer watchdog. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the television chef behind the River Cottage enterprise, is fronting the campaign. ...Read more...

 TV chef leads fight against supermarkets

The Independent, 28th February 2007

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the television chef and champion of small producers, is fronting a new offensive against the supermarkets which he portrays as a "bullying" force destroying British food...read more...

 NFU challenges supermarkets

Retail Bulletin, February 27th 2007

Supermarkets were yesterday accused by a farmers' leader of putting the country's food industry and long-term security at risk. ...Read more...

 Tesco seeks partner to target India's £150bn stores sector

Daily Telegraph, 24th February 2007

Tesco has begun talks with a series of prospective partners in India, including the conglomerate Tata Sons, as it seeks a way of breaking into the country's £150bn-a-year retail sector...read more...

 Consumers' revolt: Power to the people

The Independent, February 23rd 2007

Consumer militancy erupts as individuals join forces on the internet to fight back against the state and big business. ...Read more...

 Protests greet Wal-Mart in India

BBC News, February 22nd 2007

A visit to India by Wal-Mart executives has sparked protests by small shopkeepers worried about its plans for a tie-up with Bharti Enterprises. ...Read more...

 The day I moved to Tescoland

Daily Telegraph, 21st February 2007

Pushchairs, mortgages, funeral tokens - Tesco could take care of your life from cradle to grave. Iain Hollingshead tried an eight-hour stay...read more...

 

 Consumers misled by food labels - report

The Guardian, February 15th 2007

Industry criticised over controversial new guidelines on fat, salt and sugar

The food industry's new nutrition labelling scheme makes its products look healthier than they really are and is fundamentally flawed, a report published today says. ...Read more...

 Tesco ready to take on U.S. grocers, analyst says

Reuters, February 15th 2007

Tesco Plc faces an "ultra-competitive" market as it prepares to enter the United States and, while its initial impact on rivals is likely to be minimal, retailers and investors need to pay attention to its plans, Credit Suisse analyst Edward Kelly said on Wednesday....Read more...

 

UK: Tesco growth continues in competitive market

just-food.com, 8th February 2007

According to the latest figures on grocery market share for the 12-weeks ended 28 January, published by TNS Worldpanel, retailers witnessed a buoyant market over the Christmas period. Tesco, the UK’s largest retailer, maintained its dominant position, posting 8% growth and increasing its share of the UK market to 31.5%...read more...

 Why the Open University has tested my loyalty

The Guardian, 13th March 2007

Getting into bed with Tesco has cheapened the OU's academic status, writes Paul Rowlinson

I'm an Open University student. I believe in many of the values of the organisation, or the original founding principles, at least. These are the key reasons why I chose to study with them, as well as a desire to stretch myself and do something constructive with my commuting time....Read more...

 Counter culture

The Guardian, February 3rd 2007

Running two convenience stores, Nigel Dowdney knows all there is to know about retail. He tells Leo Benedictus about catching shoplifters and fighting Tesco  ...Read more...

 US: Tesco reveals plans for US entry

Just-food.com, 8th February 2007

UK supermarket operator Tesco confirmed that it will enter the US market under the ‘Fresh & Easy Neighbourhood Market’ banner when it revealed its new logo at an event hosted by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council yesterday (7 February)...read more...

 Cut-price stores winning hearts

The Herald, 01 February 2007

German discount supermarkets Aldi and Lidl have beaten the "big four" chains in customer satisfaction, a poll published yesterday showed...read more...

 Privateers go shopping for Sainsbury's

The Observer, 4th February 2007

Shares in the supermarket soared when news emerged that three venture capital firms wanted to take it to the checkout, writes Nick Mathiason...read more...

 Asda plans late-night doctors' surgeries

Independent on Sunday, 04 February 2007

Asda is planning to become the first supermarket to open after-hours GP surgeries in its stores across Britain. The supermarket, owned by US giant Wal-Mart, is in talks with several primary care trusts that could provide emergency surgeries for the company. These would be open throughout the night and at weekends...read more...

 Tesco's US push

Daily Mail, 31 January 2007

Is it time to top up your trolley with Tesco? Sir Terry Leahy's supermarket giant is gearing up for the launch of its Fresh & Easy format in the US later this year and some traders are already getting excited about the new chain...read more...

 Tesco set to open 10 stores per year in China

Evening Standard, 30th January 2007

Tesco has announced plans to open 10 stores in China a year to expand its presence in the booming economy...read more...

 CHINA: Tesco opens own-brand store in Beijing

just-food.com, 26th January 2007

UK chain Tesco has opened its first own-brand retail store in China...read more...

 The fate of supermarket giants lies in his hands

Daily Telegraph, January 29th 2007

The head of the Competition Commission is personally leading the inquiry into the grocery sector, writes Richard Fletcher.
Peter Freeman, chairman of the Competition Commission, wants to be boring. "I emulate the Governor of the Bank of England. Being professionally boring is an excellent precept for an administrator," he claims...read more...

 Asda’s electrical chargeThe Sunday Times, 28th January 2007
 
 
ASDA, Britain’s second-biggest supermarket chain, wants to take on Tesco and Argos by capturing 5% of the £1.9 billion online electricals market over the next four years...read more...
  Tesco under fire for selling live turtles at its first store in China

The Independent, 27th January 2007

Tesco opened its first supermarket under its own brand name in China yesterday but animal rights activists say the British chain was guilty of cruelty to amphibians by selling live turtles and frogs at the Hymall Tesco store in Beijing...read more...

 

 Snobbery is no justification for strangling TescoThe Independent, January 28th 2007
The retailer needs to be reined in, not punished for its own success 

How do you solve a problem like Tesco? The Competition Commission, which is 18 months into an investigation into supermarket dominance, last week said that it was worried that Tesco could grow until it got "into such as strong position, either nationally or locally, that no other retailer can compete effectively"...read more...

 How Tesco 'by-passes opposition to stores'

Daily Telegraph, 27th January 2007
Tesco has been accused of using underhand "Trojan Horse" tactics to manipulate the planning system and increase its dominance in the high street...read more...
 

 Series of Tesco Trojan horse planning cases revealed

The Guardian, January 27 2007

· Supermarket firm escaped scrutiny in two cases 
· Residents and local traders were caught unawares 
Tesco has repeatedly used controversial Trojan horse tactics, exposed in the Guardian yesterday, to win local planning consent without awakening potential opposition from local stores and residents...read more...

 Big grocery chains face town by town check on trading

The Guardian, 24 January 2007

Watchdog's report on £123bn industry finds no evidence of squeezing suppliers 
The big supermarket chains are to face a comprehensive, town by town, investigation into whether they force small retailers out of business...read more...

 Proof of the Pudding

The Times, 24 January 2007
 
 The Competition Commission was absolutely right to state yesterday that it “is not here to punish success”. Such clarity and common sense is badly needed when it comes to the great British supermarket debate: a subject that tends to blend nostalgia and conspiracy theory in equal measure. There are very real questions to be asked about supermarket dominance, but envy or a dislike of capitalism are not the right places from which to start...read more...
 

 Wanting it both ways

The Guardian,  January 24, 2007

The desire to have it both ways is never far from the surface in discussions about the way we shop. The big supermarkets attract a wide and growing distrust, of which the pressure group Tescopoly - created in 2005, complete with the strapline "every little hurts" - is merely the most intense expression...read more...

 Tesco Plans to Build as Many as 2,000 Houses Over Three Years

Bloomberg, January 21st 2007

Tesco Plc, Britain's largest supermarket chain, plans to build as many as 2,000 homes over the next three years as the grocer redevelops urban sites. ...Read more...

 Land deals and supply chains face scrutiny

Financial Times,  23rd January 2007

Inverness, Swansea and Truro could scarcely be more geographically disparate but they have one thing in common: all are derided as “Tesco towns” by campaigners who claim the supermarket chain exercises an overweening power on the British high street...read  more...

 Tesco's dominance prompts concern

The Daily Telegraph, January 23rd 2007

Regulators have expressed concern that Tesco's position as the UK's dominant supermarket chain could thwart competition in the future. The Competition Commission, which published its initial findings of a study of the grocery market this morning, said: "We are concerned with whether Tesco, or any other supermarket, can get into such a strong position, either nationally or locally, that no other retailer can compete." ...Read more...

 Commission puts Tesco in the spotlight

The Guardian, January 23rd 2007

The Competition Commission is to focus its investigation into the food retail industry on the dominant positions built up in some local areas by Tesco and the other supermarket chains. In its initial report on the £100bn a year grocery market, the commission today expressed concerns that choice in some areas is being held back by the lack of effective competition, although it said it had failed to uncover any widespread problems in the supply chain. ...Read more...

 Tesco invests £500m to create 'green consumer revolution'

The Independent on Sunday, January 22nd 2007

Tesco will plough £500m over the next five years into turning the fringe green lobby into a mass consumer movement in the biggest attempt yet by any British business to combat climate change. ...Read more...

 Now Tesco builds houses

The Sunday Times, January 22nd 2007

Not content with being Britain’s biggest supermarket chain, Tesco is turning itself into a housebuilder. The retail giant plans to oversee construction of 2,000 homes in the next three years, equivalent to the output of a middle-ranking housebuilder. ...Read more...

 You've checked the price and calorie count, now here's the carbon cost

The Guardian, January 19th 2007

· Supermarket giant to introduce emission labels
· Tesco promises 'green consumption revolution'

Supermarket chain Tesco pledged last night to revolutionise its business to become "a leader in helping to create a low-carbon economy" with a raft of new measures to help combat climate change. ...Read more...

 Tesco fury over claim of playing down success

The Daily Telegraph, January 17th 2007

Tesco has furiously rejected claims by a City analyst that the retailer is "understating" the extent of its performance while the Competition Commission investigates the grocery sector. ...Read more...

 Rivals angry as Tesco demolishes Co-op store

The Daily Telegraph, January 16th 2007

Tesco is demolishing a Co-op store which the Office of Fair Trading had ordered the retailer to sell to a rival operator. The former Co-op store in Slough will be replaced by a new store. However rivals claim that at almost half the size of the original store it is too small to compete with one of the largest Tescos in the country, a mile down the road. ...Read more...

 Tesco follows M&S with climate change move

The Independent, January 16th 2007

Tesco is to put its customers at the heart of its latest green initiative when it unveils its new strategy to combat climate change on Thursday. The move by Britain's biggest grocer, which is today tipped to issue a strong Christmas trading update, will cap the busiest week yet for retailers jostling for pole position in the race to save the environment. ...Read more...

 The continued rise of Tesco non-food

BBC News, January 16th 2007

Tesco has come a long way since its founder Jack Cohen opened a stall selling surplus groceries, making £4 sales and £1 profit on his first day. But, recently the firm has grown from selling beans and biscuits to becoming a major player in almost every area of the retail market. ...Read more...

 Tesco builds homes for staff

Metro, January 16th 2007

Tesco is to build homes for its staff, and key workers such as nurses, to combat the shortage of affordable housing in London. Britain's largest supermarket will erect 250 flats beside its store in Streatham, South London. ...Read more...

 Asda ‘to work with rivals’

The Sunday Times, January 14th 2007

Asda and J Sainsbury, two of Britain’s biggest rival supermarket chains, have held exploratory talks about collaborating on a distribution centre. The initial talks centred on a so-called consolidation centre — where branded goods are stored before being transferred to distribution centres. ...Read more...

 Tesco set to triumph again in a festive retail game of two halves

The Independent on Sunday, January 14th 2007

Supermarket giant Tesco is set to confirm its dominance of the retail sector this week by un- veiling another bumper Christmas performance.  ...Read more...

 Tesco's attempt 'to put record straight' meets stiff resistance

The Independent, January 8th 2007

Tesco has been accused of running a "spin" operation to counter accusations of abuse of its vast market power as a major Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery sector prepares to release its initial thinking. Letters attacking a website set up by Tesco claiming to "put the record straight" about some of its most controversial projects have flooded into the watchdog. ...Read more...

 Food industry pushes own labelling system

The Guardian, January 8th 2007

The food industry is tonight launching its biggest-ever joint TV campaign to promote a healthy food labelling system that aims to derail the Food Standards Agency's own "traffic light" plan....Read more...

 Tesco faces threat to land bank

The Telegraph, January 6th 2007

Tesco could be forced to sell its controversial land bank under proposals being pushed by members of a Competition Commission review into supermarkets. The regulator is due to publish its initial findings next week and sources close to its deliberations say at least two of the six panel members are arguing that its vast unused property portfolio stymies rivals from entering local markets. ...Read more...

 Tesco to face ban on booze

The Argus, January 4th 2007

Police aim to close off-licence counters in Tesco stores across Sussex after catching staff selling to underage teenagers. Three Tesco Express stores in Crawley and Worthing were found to be breaking the law in a series of undercover operations, police said. ...Read more...