Campaigning to curb supermarket power

2012

'Unfair' supermarkets could face hefty fines under new watchdog
The Guardian, 4th December 2012

Groceries Code Adjudicator vows to crack down on large supermarkets which abuse their power..read more...

Tesco's American dream over as US retreat confirmed
The Guardian, 5th December 2012

Deputy chief executive Tim Mason, who heads loss-making Fresh & Easy chain, to quit supermarket group after 30 years...read more...
 
How best can the government curb supermarkets' power?
The Guardian, 26th November 2012

Last week, MPs debated plans for a new groceries code adjudicator , destined to be known as the "supermarket watchdog". Will it be enough to curb the power of the supermarkets?...read more...

Supermarkets that bully small suppliers will NOT face fines after ministers cave in to pressure
Daily Mail, 16th November 2012

Supermarkets who bully small suppliers will no longer face the threat of fines after ministers caved in under pressure from the big retailers...read more...

Tesco edges closer to giving up on the U.S
Reuters, 26th October 2012

Tesco's billion pound gamble to crack the United States may have only months to run as investors and management focus more squarely on the British retailer's struggling home business and slowing growth in emerging markets...read more...
 

People power is revolutionising the way we buy food
The Guardian, 27th June 2012

Local groups are investing in projects that will produce food and challenge the supermarkets in the process...read more...

 

 

Tesco CEO backs US Business

The Wall Street Journal, 29th June 2012

CARDIFF, Wales—Tesco PLC shareholders Friday vented their frustration at the retailer's loss-making U.S. venture and called for executives to take personal responsibility for its future, but Chief Executive Philip Clarke stood firm behind the business and refused to be drawn on when it would make a profit...read more...

 

Shareholder spring: Tesco next in firing line over exec pay as it faces investors

Daily Mail, 28th June 2012
  
Tesco is set to become the latest firm to face pressure from its shareholders over pay and performance when it holds its annual general meeting tomorrow. ..read more...

 

Is there a trend for pubs being turned into supermarkets?

BBC News.co.uk, 6th June 2012

Fancy a pint at the pub? Or would you rather pick up a bottle of wine at the local supermarket? In Bristol there is a chance your local pub has become a supermarket...read more..

 

Market town claims supermarket plans will 'bleed' town dry

Daily Telegraph, 6th May 2012

Residents of a market town have urged ministers to intervene to block unpopular plans for a new supermarket - warning that current planning policies threaten to "bleed" small communities dry...read more...

 

Supermarket interest in North Walsham, Holt and Wells sparks “urgent” move by North Norfolk District

Norwich Evening News, 7th May 2012 
  
A flurry of supermarket interest in north Norfolk towns has sparked an urgent bid to help secure cash deals aimed at reducing any damaging impact on existing high-street businesses...read more...

 

Relaxation of cap on shop sizes may attract international retail giants

Irish Times, 2nd May 2012

The prospect of large international supermarket brands, including low-cost retailers, locating in Ireland has been given a boost with a relaxation of caps on shop sizes...read more...

 

Tesco struggling to maintain its huge market share as discount chains grow

This is Money.co.uk, 24th April 2012
  
Tesco saw its market share slip slightly in the quarter to April 15, having already unveiled plans to pump £1billion into the business following months of falling sales...read more...

 

Tesco tears up plans for new superstores

The Independent on Sunday, 15th April 2012

Tesco has put all new plans for superstores on hold for the next three years as the retail empire takes drastic action to turn around its fortunes...read more...

 

For Tesco, the focus is no longer on how much it earns but how much it spends

The Observer, 15th April 2012

The UK's biggest retail chain will report a multibillion-pound profit this week. But analysts will be more interested in the budget for rejuvenating its threadbare UK business...read more...

 

Last orders for your local

The Guardian, 7th April 2012

Has your nearest pub become a Tesco Express? Protesters find themselves virtually powerless to stop supermarkets taking over...read more...

 

Tesco under the cosh as smaller rivals close in

The Scotsman, 28th March 2012

Tesco is continuing to feel the heat from an expanding Asda as well as smaller low-cost rivals, according to industry data...read more..

 

'Tesco tax'

The Observer, 1st April 2012

A so-called Tesco tax on large retailers starts in Northern Ireland this weekend. The levy to subsidise rates relief for small businesses has been criticised by Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King, among others, amid arguments that it unfairly targets the supermarket sector and could limit investment and cost jobs...read more...

 

The sleepy village that triumphed over Tesco as people power forces chain to abandon pub conversion

Daily Mail, 23rd March 2012

The charming village of Herne seems an unlikely spot for an awesome display of people power..read more...

 

Drama over Tesco superstore replaces light-hearted spirit of Last of the Summer Wine

The Observer, 18th March 2012

The town made famous by the Yorkshire comedy is divided over the retail giant's proposals for an out-of-town supermarket...read more...

 

Riddle of phantom shop jobs: Supermarkets fail to deliver 39,000 promised positions

Mail on Sunday, 4th March 2012

Major supermarkets have failed to create the tens of thousands of jobs they promised, undermining Government hopes that the private sector is soaking up public sector employment cuts...read more....

 

Tesco and rivals turn against huge stores as internet shopping takes over

The Observer, 4th March 2012

Has the behemoth had its day? After years of relentless expansion, the UK's biggest retailer, Tesco, last week saw its market share fall to the lowest level since 2005. The supermarket gained the upper hand over its rivals by ambitiously opening ever-larger stores across the country. That strategy may now be coming back to bite it...read more...

 

Supermarkets have been blighting our land and lives for too long

The Observer, 26th February 2012

An inquiry into the pernicious power of these retail giants should be an urgent priority for the coalition..read more...

 

Reimagining British high streets

The Guardian, 21st February 2012

Is Mary Portas's vision of making high streets stand up to big malls and supermarkets and offer more than just shopping realistic? Oliver Balch takes a look at Hay-on-Wye...read more...

 

Crisis talks at Tesco as supermarket demands changes to unpaid work scheme

Daily Mail, 20th February 2012
  
Tesco is to hold crisis talks with employment officials as the row over the supermarket chain’s use of ‘slave labour’ intensifies...read more...

 

Tesco forced to undercut its own prices and sell through Amazon in order to compete online

Mail on Sunday, 5th February 2012
  
Tesco is being forced to bow to the power of Amazon and undercut its own website prices in order to compete in the online marketplace...read more...

 

Could supermarkets' race for shop space backfire?

Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2012

It took Tesco 84 years of continuous expansion to reach 20m square feet of supermarket space in the UK, a landmark it reached in 2003. It was only achieved after countless battles with local authorities and an ambitious strategy to build on as many edge-of-town roundabouts and retail parks as possible, a strategy that saw it accused of turning Britain into a "Tescopoly" but also one that helped make it the country's biggest and most profitable retailer...read more...

 

Carrefour shows Tesco what a real retail crash looks like

The Observer, 22nd January 2012

When Tesco unveiled grim Christmas sales figures and its first profit warning in decades on 12 January there was a very sharp intake of breath among investors who had come to rely on the world's third-biggest retailer as a reliable profits machine – especially in an economic downturn, when food retailers are supposed to be the ultimate defensive stocks...read more...

 

Competition concerns cast doubt over Morrison's bid to buy Iceland

Sunday Telegraph, 14th January 2012

Scepticism is mounting over WM Morrisons’ attempts to buy frozen supermarket chain Iceland Foods after rival Asda pulled out of the auction last week...read more...