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Waitrose expands self-service click-and-collect to 140 stores

Waitrose has rolled out its self-service check-in for click-and-collect orders, just in time for Black Friday next week.

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Sainsbury’s to “take on Domino’s” with takeaway pizza trial

Sainsbury’s is primed to trail a new takeaway pizza service allowing customers to order by phone and collect when they please. Running for 12 weeks in the Redhill, Cambridge Eddington and Bradford stores, the new service offers both 10 inch and 14 inch size pizzas for £3.60 and £4.00 respectively, putting the grocer in a strong position to “take on Domino’s”






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Sainsbury’s leads the Big 4 in run up to Christmas

UK supermarket sales increased by 3.2 per cent thanks to price rises “keeping supermarket performance buoyant”. In the 12 weeks to November 5, Sainsbury’s was the best performing of the Big 4 grocers, growing sales by 2.6 per cent according to Kantar Worldpanel






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Tesco threatened with boycott over Christmas ad

Tesco’s seemingly innocuous Christmas advert has sparked a backlash and a subsequent heated debate due to its depiction of non-Christian families celebrating Christmas. Some took to Twitter calling for a boycott of the UK’s largest supermarket after its “Everyone’s Welcome” advert was released. The advert shows various families celebrating Christmas in their own homes, and features characters wearing both the hijab, and a Sikh turban.






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Tesco Booker deal gets provisional green light from CMA

The landmark merger between Tesco and the UK’s largest wholesaler has been given the provisional go ahead from the Competition Markets Authority (CMA). Back in May the CMA officially launched its probe into the proposed deal, amid criticism from across the grocery sector.






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Largest grocery-anchored REIT raises its stock price

Next door to supermarkets is place for retailers to be, think board members of the Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I, and they trust investors will agree.






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Lidl opens £55m warehouse in Exeter

Lidl has officially started operations from its new regional distribution centre in Exeter, which cost the grocer £55 million to build. The 538,195sq ft warehouse in Exeter Gateway business park has created around 500 jobs and will service 40 stores across the south west region during the Christmas period before it rises to 51 stores in February






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Average grocery basket price rises ahead of Christmas peak

The average grocery basket price has risen in October compared to September, according to a monthly tracker. Shopping and comparison website MySupermarket‘s monthly Groceries Tracker found the price of a basket of 35 popular items came to £85.22 compared to the previous month‘s £84.90. Overall, the cost of 16 products rose, 18 decreased and two items stayed the same price.






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150 jobs at risk as Amazon shuts 2 UK Whole Foods stores

Two UK Whole Foods stores are set to be shut just months after the health food grocer was acquired by tech giant Amazon. The £10.7 billion deal, which was given the green light by US competition market authorities in August, saw Amazon attain 460 Whole Foods – stores nine of which are in the UK. However, two stores in Cheltenham and Giffnock in East Renfrewshire are now set to close, jeopardising 150 jobs.






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Tesco CEO Dave Lewis tells court of “surprise” & “shock” over accounting scandal

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis has told a court about his surprise and shock when he learned the retailer’s profits had been misstated by £326 million. Lewis told the trial of three men accused of failing to correct inaccurately recorded income figures which were published to the market, that once he was made aware of the issue he thought it was “very important” the matter was investigated quickly. The trial, which began at the end of September, relates to a £263 million back hole that was revealed in Tesco‘s trading update on August 29, 2014






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