Campaigning to curb supermarket power

2010

 

Tesco subsidiary One Stop buys up Mills Newsagents

Birmingham Post, 24th December 2010

Asian convenience store owners have raised concerns about Tesco’s swoop for the Mills newsagents chain through its West Midland-based subsidiary. The supermarket’s One Stop Stores, based in Brownhills, has agreed to buy 77 convenience stores from the Mills chain, bringing its number of outlets up to 598 across England and Wales...read more...

 Tesco builds £7m police station - in return for new giant superstore

Daily Mail, 25th December 2010

Determined supermarket chains will pay for new roads, street lights, housing and even public artworks to help win approval for new stores...read more... 

 Tesco bags stores in Czech Republic

The Independent, 24th December 2010

Tesco has bought 128 convenience stores in the Czech Republic for £34.3m, in a further demonstration of the international ambitions of Britain's biggest grocer...read more...

 Big supermarkets get planning permission for a store a day

The Guardian, 22nd December 2010 

One of the big four supermarkets gets planning permission every working day of the year and at least 577 Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda stores have been approved over the last two years...read more...

Read more... Tesco's One Stop angers rivals with 77-store purchase

The Guardian, 16th December 2010

There are 1,183 Tesco Express stores and the supermarket also owns 598 One Stop stores. One Stop, the Tesco-owned convenience store chain, has acquired 77 outlets from Mills Group for £20m. Opponents called for competition authorities to investigate...read more...

 Northern Irish farmers join Tesco protests

Farmers Guardian, 15th December 2010

Farmers For Action Northern Ireland put pressure on Tesco by protesting outside one of its stores...read more...

 Northern Irish farmers join Tesco protests

Farmers Guardian, 15th December 2010

Farmers For Action Northern Ireland put pressure on Tesco by protesting outside one of its stores...read more...

 Foreign exchange: why every little helps Tesco

The Guardian, 10th December 2010

Tesco boasts on its website that its credit card is "a good little earner" – but for who, exactly? When Mark Phelan went on a booze cruise to France earlier this year, he paid with his Tesco plastic - but later discovered that a charge hidden in the small print meant it cost him more than he was expecting...read more...

 Tesco regains market share as Morrisons slips

The Guardian, 7th December 2010
 
Tesco has stopped the rot in its UK business with the supermarket group reporting its first market share gain in six months as extra clubcard vouchers and "guerrilla" promotions on non-food ranges such as toys and clothing helped it to outflank rival Morrisons...read more...

 

 South Africans left divided as Walmart muscles its way in

The Observer, 5th December 2010

The world's biggest retailer already has tills ringing across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Now the sprawling Arkansas-based discount megalith Walmart is trying its luck in Africa...read more...

 

Supermarket newsTesco unveils ambitious overseas expansion plans

The Guardian, 23rd November 2010

Tesco has set out ambitious plans to open more stores in Europe and Asia as the UK grocer seeks to boost profitability abroad...read more...

 

 Fuel firm Greenergy's bid could make Tesco top petrol retailer

The Guardian, 28th November 2010

Tesco could become of one Britain's biggest petrol retailers through its investment in Greenergy, a major road fuel supplier, which is understood to have launched bids for 1,240 forecourts owned by French oil group Total and US-owned Murco...read more...

 

 Tesco targets Asian growth after Thai success

Financial Times, 22nd November 2010

Tesco’s investor visit to Asia this week has focused on the potential for growth that it sees in the Chinese and South Korean markets...read more.. 
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 Move towards Tesco-towns 'puts communities at risk'

The Guardian, 22nd November 2010

Government urged to rethink planning policy that would see supermarkets build inner city houses, schools and parks. Plans by major supermarkets to combine shops, housing and other facilities in so-called Tesco-towns risk inflicting fresh damage on already vulnerable town centres, the government's chief design adviser has warned...read more...

 Superstores' mini branch mark-ups are revealed

Daily Mail, 13th November 2010

An investigation by Financial Mail has revealed that the three supermarkets at the forefront of the ministore invasion of High Streets habitually sell products at premium prices, even as they promise to lower them in their main stores...read more...

 NFU launches stinging attack on retailers

Farmers Weekly, 11th November 2010

NFU president Peter Kendall has launched a stinging attack on retailers, accusing them of creating a climate of fear in the dairy sector through ruthless and erratic negotiation...read more...

 Tesco opens store in church

The Sun, 10th November 2010

Supermarket giant Tesco has caused controversy after opening a store in a church...read more...

 Tesco and Dairy Farm bid for Carrefour assets

Reuters, 7th November 2010

Britain's Tesco (TSCO.L) and Singapore's Dairy Farm (DAIR.SI) are among those to submit second-round bids for French retailer Carrefour's (CARR.PA) Southeast Asian assets, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday...read more...

 High Street 'in peril' as 12,000 shops shut in a year

Daily Mail, 2nd November 2010

Aggressive supermarket expansion, poor planning controls and low investment could wipe out hundreds of British high streets, it is claimed...read more...

 US business will make money in three years, Tesco predicts

The Independent, 6th October 2010

Tesco launched a vigorous defence of the performance of its Fresh & Easy business in the US yesterday as the grocery giant posted a strong rise in half-year profits to £1.6bn...read more... 

 Tesco mortgage lending delayed as regulator toughens up approval

Daily Telegraph, 4th October 2010

Government efforts to improve competition in banking are being hampered by a tougher approach from the regulator, with Tesco facing delays to its attempt to launch a home loan business...read more...

 Tesco defies the downturn with record £1.77 billion profits

Sunday Mirror, 3rd October 2010

Tesco profits have surged to a record £1.7billion in just six months despite the economic crisis...read more...

 Tesco's UK expansion threatens rivals

Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2010

Tesco, the UK's largest retailer, will embark on a major UK store opening programme in the next six months as it looks to extend its lead in the cut-throat supermarket wars...read more...

 True cost of cheap pineapples in UK supermarkets

The Guardian, 1st October 2010

UK supermarket price wars are wrecking lives in the developing world, according to a new campaign launched tomorrow by Consumers International (CI). Recent deep cuts in the price of pineapples on the British high street have inflicted unacceptable damage on those living and working on plantations in Costa Rica, the consumer group says...read more...

 Bitter fruit: The truth about supermarket pineappleThe Guardian, 2nd October 2010

These days, sweet pineapple come with a sour aftertaste, with production marred by allegations of environmental damage, union-busting, chemical poisoning and poverty wages...read more... Sainsbury and Asda accused of 'illegally misleading' customers on price

Daily Telegraph, 29th September 2010

Sainsbury's and Asda both blamed human error for the pricing discrepancies. Which?, the consumer watchdog, said its investigation into supermarket pricing "tricks" found customers could believe they were buying "great value" big packs which were worse value than smaller versions...read more...

 Wal-Mart expands into Africa with $4.2bn deal

Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2010

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is expanding into Africa for the first time after offering to buy one of South Africa's largest chains in a multi-billion dollar deal...read more...

 Sainsbury's considers move into ChinaDaily Telegraph, 25th September 2010

J Sainsbury has dispatched a six-man team to China to explore the possibility of opening the group's first overseas stores for almost a decade...read more... Every Website Helps: Tesco In Overseas Push

Sky New Online, 21st September, 2010

Tesco is planning to expand its online shopping service into China, the Czech Republic and Poland. Incoming chief executive Philip Clarke wants to increase the operation worldwide, after he takes from Sir Terry Leahy next year...read more...

 Tough times for Tesco’s American dream

Financial Times, 20th September 2010

Colin Smith was driving his Lexus round London in June 2004 when Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, called on his mobile phone and asked him to drop by his office...read more...

 Leahy planned for 10,000 Tesco stores in US

Financial Times, 19th September 2010

Sir Terry Leahy’s original vision for Tesco’s assault on the US was far more ambitious than the retailer has ever publicly admitted, with the chief executive drawing up plans for a chain of 10,000 convenience stores across America...read more...

 Quality of life ‘hit by rise of urban supermarkets’

Evening Standard, 15th September 2010

Urban supermarkets in London need to be controlled by new rules to stop them blighting the lives of their neighbours, MPs have been warned...read more...

 Tesco makes good on South Korea move into the East

Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2010

South Korea, Tesco's largest market outside the UK, has become the retailer's springboard into China...read more...

 New Tesco boss Philip Clarke finalises new Asian invasion

Daily Mail, 13th September 2010

Tesco's new boss Philip Clarke is planning to spend more than a third of his working time overseas as he ramps up the supermarket giant's international business...read more...

 Morrisons to open convenience stores

The Guardian, 9th September 2010

Supermarket chain Morrisons is to open its first convenience stores next year, and may finally branch out into internet shopping...read more...

 Tesco's US operation accused of bullying staff

The Independent, 2nd September 2010

European companies, including the UK retail giant Tesco, are facing criticism from a leading human rights organisation for allegedly exploiting weak labour laws in the US and bullying employees to prevent them from joining unions...read more...

 Tesco bids to increase dominance of Asian market with basket of Carrefour storesThe Guardian, 1st September 2010

Tesco has put in a bid for more than 60 stores in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, currently owned by its French rival Carrefour, as part of its strategy to conquer Asia and cement its position as a global force in supermarket retailing...read more... New 'Tesco town' row as secret land deal revealed

The Scotsman, 1st September 2010

Supermarket giant Tesco has been forced to admit it used a local property company as cover to buy a shopping centre that was then allowed to fall into near dereliction to make way for a "Tesco Town" development...read more...

 Tesco dirty tricks row: Retail giant accused of bulldozing through plans for big new stores

Daily Mail, 1st September 2010

Tesco has been accused of using its financial muscle and dirty tricks to win approval for a series of new stores...read more...

 Eight NI supermarkets 'were uncompetitiveBBC, 17th August 2010

Northern Ireland supermarkets are to be given five years to end agreements with landowners which prevent rivals from setting up shop nearby...read more... Now a watchdog to help curb antics of bully supermarkets

Daily Mail, 3rd August 2010

The creation of a supermarket ombudsman is expected to be announced this morning in a bid to end the unfair treatment of farmers, suppliers and shoppers...read more...

 Plea to help as London's small shops shutBBC News, 28th July 2010

Four-in-five independent shops say the biggest threat they face is supermarkets About 7,000 small or independent shops closed in the capital in the past 10 years, according to a London Assembly report...read more... Tesco focus on Asian foods will put us out of business, say World Tastes owners

Shetland Times, 23rd July 2010    

The owners of a Lerwick food shop fear they will be the first local business forced out by Tesco’s supermarket expansion. Najma and Asghar Ali have seen trade at their World Tastes specialist grocery shop plummet since last week when the retail giant began selling a range of exactly the same Asian products at a fraction of the price...read more...

 Sustaining an ethical food chain

The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Anxiety over the march of deregulated markets has driven a forceful ethical movement, which must not be sacrificed...read more...

 Tesco Urged to Make Lowball Bid For Carrefour Assets

Businessweek, 13th July 2010

Tesco Plc investors want the U.K.’s largest retailer to bid for Carrefour SA’s Southeast Asian supermarket assets. Just not at the indicated price...read more...

 Tesco, dirty tricks, and the battle over a new store in rural Norfolk

The Independent, 10th July 2010

Campaigners fighting a decade-long battle against the arrival of a planned Tesco superstore claim they have been sabotaged by "dirty tricks" involving the fabrication of letters of support...read more...

 Tesco declares war on Primark

The Sun, 10th July  

Tesco has declared war on discount fashion chains like Primark with plans to open clothes stores...read more... 

 

 Tesco agrees sale and leaseback deal

The Independent, 8th July 2010

Tesco has raised more than £950m after agreeing a sale-and-leaseback deal for 41 of its stores...read more...

 Tesco AGM: nearly half of shareholders fail to back boardroom pay policyThe Guardian, 2nd July 2010
 
Tesco has suffered the largest shareholder rebellion seen in the City this year, and the sixth biggest in the past decade...read more... Tesco under fire from unions over its US performanceThe Telegraph, 1st July 2010

Unions have attempted to embarrass Tesco with an open letter to Patrick Cescau, the retailer's senior non-executive, highlighting the poor performance of Fresh & Easy, the retailer's fledging US convenience chain...read more... Every little helps (updated)

FT.com 30th June 2010 

It’s not every day a company the size of Tesco – the UK’s biggest retailer – gets taken to task over its accounting policies — but it happened on Wednesday...read more...

 Tesco takes over Fresh & Easy suppliers

Financial Times, 21st June 2010

Tesco is taking over the US operations of two key suppliers to its fledgling Fresh & Easy business after its slower-than-expected expansion...read more...

 Tesco braced for revolt as investors call for boardroom pay to be slashed

The Guardian, 17th June 2010 

Tesco could face an investor revolt next month as a number of shareholder lobby groups line up to vote against the level of boardroom pay at the supermarket group...read more...

 Cheerio then, Sir Terry – you're a hard act to follow

Independent on Sunday, 13th June 2010

Leahy made Tesco Britain's biggest grocer, but his successor may have to shrink it. And the group's new bank could be first for demerger, says Richard Northedge...read more...

 Big four supermarkets tough it out in battle of the British aislesThe Observer, 13th June 2010

Food price inflation low and consumer confidence lower, supermarkets risk being drawn into a price war...read more... Tesco in talks to buy South Korean chain Kim's Club Mart

The Telegraph, 11th June 2010

Tesco is in talks to buy South Korean supermarket chain Kim's Club Mart, as it seeks to become the biggest operator in its largest market outside the UK...read more...

 Supermarkets don't regenerate communities – they hoover money outThe Guardian, 8th June 2010

These big stores destroy local economies, and hit the poorest especially hard...read more... Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy to retireBBC news, 8th June 2010

Sir Terry Leahy earned £5.2m last year Tesco has announced that chief executive Sir Terry Leahy is to retire from the supermarket chain next March...read more...  Every Little Helps: Tesco Building 'Towns'

Sky News, 26th May 2010

Tesco is helping to build homes as part of a unique tie-up with local councils...read more...

 Editor-At-Large: Tesco – every little bit of brand promotion helps

Independent on Sunday, 23rd May 2010

Sir Terry Leahy says he wants the government to consider setting minimum prices for booze, and supports a ban on selling alcohol at less than the cost price. Why has our biggest retailer suddenly been stricken with a social conscience...read more...

 Tesco loses to Sainsbury's in planning row

Daily Telegraph, 13th May 2010

In a case which could have an impact on councils across the country, the Supreme Court decided that Wolverhampton City Council was wrong to use compulsory purchase orders to buy Sainsbury’s land for a Tesco store...read more...

 FSB claims ‘weak’ planning laws are ‘killing’ the high street

Western Mail, 12th May 2010

Small -business leaders have called for an inquiry into planning polices in Wales to examine the impact of out-of- town supermarket developments on the high street...read more...

 'This town has been sold to Tesco'

The Guardian, 5th May 2010

Imagine living in a Tesco house, sending your child to a Tesco school, swimming in a Tesco pool and, of course, shopping at the local Tesco superstore. According to the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe), the government's adviser on architecture and design, this collective monopoly is not an imaginary dystopia. "Tesco Towns" on this model are already being planned across the UK, from Inverness in Scotland to Seaton in Devon...read more...

 Tesco planning four ‘mini-villages’ complete with supermarkets

The Times, 26th April 2010

Tesco already provides everything you need to stock a home, from groceries to garden furniture. Now it is going to build the house as well...read more...

 Tesco to expand store portfolio at home and in China

Property Week, 23rd April 2010

Tesco is planning to develop more retail and leisure space in China over the next five years than it trades from in the UK currently...read more...

 The Tesco - a new unit of measurement

The Times, 23rd April 2010

Tesco is minting it, suggest company results this week. In his regular column, Michael Blastland reveals a new measurement for an age of mega numbers: The Tesco...read more...
 

 Tesco plans huge expansion of superstores

The times, 21st April 2010 

Tesco plans to open the equivalent of 80 superstores in Britain this year — more new shop space than its three biggest rivals combined...read more...

 Tesco profits helped by strong showing abroad

Sunday Telegraph, 17th April 2010
 
Tesco, the UK's biggest retailer, is expected to report annual profits of £3.38bn this week, up 8pc on last year...read more...

 Tesco set to defy slump with record £3.2bn profits

Evening Standard, 16th April 2010

Tesco made record profits equivalent to about £150 for every family in Britain despite falling living standards in the recession, figures next week will show...read more...

 Tories to fast track supermarket ombudsman

Food Manufacture.co.uk, 16th April 2010

Establishing a supermarket ombudsman “as quickly as possible” would be a top priority for a Conservative government, the Tories have revealed...read more...

 Tesco resurrects online VAT dodge despite Jersey's action to halt 'sham'

The Guardian, 13th April 2010

Tesco has quietly returned to a multimillion-pound Channel Islands tax dodge four years after the authorities in Jersey banished the supermarket group's VAT-free CD and DVD website from the island, accusing Britain's largest retailer of operating a "sham" selling structure that brought the Channel Islands into disrepute...read more...

 Wal-Mart runs out of patience with Andy BondDaily Telegraph, 13th April 2010

Wal-Mart’s arrival in the UK in 1999 was billed as a “game-changer”. Price wars and mega mergers were predicted by those highly paid management consultants, who claimed that the US giant’s acquisition of Asda would change the UK high street forever...read more... Tesco’s secret chain charges customers more

The Times, 22nd March 2010

Tesco charges higher prices by stealth in areas where it faces less local competition — and regulators say they can do nothing about it, an investigation by The Times has found...read more...

 Our future’s been outsourced

Building Design, 19th March 2010

News that Tesco is training Indian architects and quantity surveyors to work on its latest wave of supermarkets should, I suppose, come as no surprise. While there is nothing wrong with Indian architects (some of my best friends etc…), the reason the retail juggernaut is moving this way is to cut costs. Every little helps to land another Cabeco-approved blight on some unwilling market town hard-pressed to fight its corner... read more...

 50% of towns have five supermarkets on their doorsteps

Daily Mail, 8th March 2010

Nearly half of all towns have at least five supermarkets within a ten-minute drive.  As small businesses struggle to stay afloat, figures obtained by the Mail reveal an alarming surge in the number of stores opening across the UK...read more...

 Out-of-town supermarkets face Tory curbs

Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2010

Tory planning policies published on Monday would give local councils new powers to block major supermarket developments...read more...

 Strange tale of the bank spy, Bond and a furious retailer

London Evening Standard, 22nd February 2010

A right rumpus has broken out between Asda and JPMorgan over the obtaining of information from a suppliers' meeting...read more...

 Tesco fined £74,000 for rodent infestation

East Anglia Daily Times, 22nd February 2010

Supermarket giant Tesco was today ordered to pay £74,015 in fines and court costs following a rodent infestation at one of its Suffolk stores...read more...

 Tesco expected to launch property website within weeks

Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2010

The supermarket giant was forced to abandon plans to launch its online Tesco Property Market venture at the end of 2007 due to the current legislation governing estate agents and sold the business to estate agents Spicerhaart...read more...

 Tesco chief attacks plan for watchdog

Financial Times, 12th February 2010

The head of the UK's biggest supermarket chain has slammed government plans for a supermarket ombudsman, saying a watchdog would work in the interests of suppliers rather than consumers...read more...

 'Systematic, cynical, aggressive': expert verdict on Tesco and Asda prices

The Guardian, 12th February 2010

Supermarket giants Tesco and Asda dramatically increased prices on key items in the runup to Christmas in what an independent expert has called "a systematic, cynical and aggressive attempt to exploit demand", a Guardian investigation can reveal...read more...

 Conservative party to torpedo Tesco growth plansSunday Times, 7th February 2010

Tesco is facing a double blow from proposals by the Conservative party to shake up the planning system...read more... Supermarkets face tougher suppliers' code of practice BBC News, 4th February 2010
 
A new code of practice has come into force which is intended to help farmers and food companies when they do business with the main supermarkets...read more...
  Big supermarkets using 'bullyboy tactics', says farmers' union presidentThe Guardian, 3rd February 2010

The president of the National Farmers Union accused the big supermarkets today of "bullyboy tactics" by trying to renegotiate contracts and reduce prices...read more... Tesco sets up film studio to adapt hit novels

The Observer, 24th January 2010

There is an unlikely new player in the British film industry with ambitions to change the world of entertainment. Tesco, the supermarket giant, has moved into movie mogul territory this weekend with the launch of a multi-million-pound production arm poised to make films of books by a slew of bestselling authors...read more...

 US based retailer Target announces plans to move abroadInternational Supermarket News.com, 22nd January 2010

The US based discount retailer Target, which competes with Wal-Mart, has announced it is considering expanding into Canada, Mexico or South America over the next three to five years...read more... Government to set up supermarket Ombudsman

Farmers Guardian, 13th January 2010

The Government has announced that it will set up a supermarket ombudsman to protect suppliers from abuses of power by the big retailers...read more...

 

 Wal-Mart, the US retailer taking over the world by stealthThe Guardian, 13th January 2010

It has beefed up its green credentials, but Wal-Mart's stance on unions and sheer global scale still provoke as much fear as admiration...read more... The supermarkets must be brought to heel

Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2010

The cost-cutting zeal of the big chains is threatening our farmers' livelihoods, says Charlie Brooks...read more...

 Will the Tories tackle supermarkets?

The Guardian, 5th January 2010

Regulatory failure has given supermarkets a stranglehold on grocery sales. Do the Tories have the guts to take them on?...read more...

 Government planning policy fails local shops

 Talking Retail, 4th January 2010 

The government's new high streets planning policy will not protect local shops and promote town centres, according to the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS)...read more... 
 

 Murdo Fraser calls for Scottish Government to hold supermarket study

Perthshire Advertiser, 1st January 2010

MSP Murdo Fraser has called for the Scottish Government to carry out supermarket impact studies...read more...

 Tories to curb supermarkets that force suppliers to cut prices

The Times, 4th January 2010

The powers of supermarkets that force suppliers to cut their prices will be curbed by a future Conservative government...read more...