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Tesco rises while Asda falls

It was another stunning 12 weeks from Tesco. It upped its market share yet again to 30.6%, from 28.7% a year ago. The renaissance at Sainsbury’s seems to continue, with its share jumping 0.3% to 15.9%. Asda continues to fall – but only slightly, losing 0.3% falling to a 15.5% share. Finally, maybe, the decline at Morrison is easing. Now that the Safeway disposals have ceased, the overall Morrisons share is starting to stabilise – the year-on-year decline of 8% is the lowest seen for a year and the share...Read More

2005 - The year in focus

As this is our last issue for two weeks we thought now would be a good time for a summary of what was big, what was disappointing what was significant in 2005.

And we would like to confess to a little disappointment. Some of the big technology stories we reported in...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Tesco rises while Asda falls

It was another stunning 12 weeks from Tesco. It upped its market share yet again to 30.6%, from 28.7% a year ago. The renaissance at Sainsbury’s seems to continue, with its share jumping 0.3% to 15.9%. Asda continues to fall – but only slightly, losing 0.3% falling to a 15.5%...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

US sees monthly fall in CPI index, yet inflation fears grow

On the face of it that doesn’t make sense. Deflation was back last month, with the US CPI index reducing by 0.6%, and yet, inflation fears are growing.

The explanation: it lies in the difference between the headline index, and the index analysts believe has more relevance, which strips out...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Is the High Street back? Christmas sales surge, but e-high street does better

The season of goodwill brings with it some Christmas cheer for retail.

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics revealed a 1% jump in retails sales during the three months to November, and that was the best performance since August 2004.

It would appear the cold weather has helped. Some...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

VNU up for sale

Publishing company VNU, owner of Computing and Accountancy age, and market research firm AC Nielsen could be changing hands. Yesterday in a statement it was said it had received, “expressions of interest from various parties regarding a possible acquisition of the company.

VNU boss chief executive Rob Van den...Read More

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Uncle Sam: Could GDP contract this quarter?

Could US growth be heading for negative territory? If it did then all the predictions of this year would be confounded, but some analysts now fear that this is precisely what may happen, thanks to a sharp rise in the US balance of trade deficit.

We can think of only one...Read More

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Internet shopping and advertising - the convergence. GUS moves in on price comparison portal

Not so long ago, investors and the City were questioning the business models of dot.coms. When a service is free, how can you make money from it? Advertising, of course went some way to explaining this,but it is no panacea’ went the argument. And when the dot.com bubble burst many...Read More

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Asda gets drunk

Given the time of the year it’s a salutary warning. Don’t drink too much! Apparently Asda did. According to its chief executive Andy Bond, the retailer got “drunk on success.” Asda is set to lose its number two slot in the super market league table early next year. Sainsbury’s, which...Read More

Posted Dec 14, 2005

US ups the rate of interest as UK inflation dips

US ups the rate of interest as UK inflation dips The gap is now just 0.25%. The Fed upped the US rate of interest yesterday to 4.25%, compared to the UK rate of 4.5%.

For most of last year, the UK rate of interest was three and a quarter percent higher...Read More

Posted Dec 14, 2005

China overtakes UK

China has overtaken the UK to become the fourth largest economy in the world.

The writing, as it were, has been on the great wall for some time, but the key landmark was reached faster than expected, thanks to a revision in official Chinese statistics.

The Chinese government recently carried its first...Read More

Posted Dec 14, 2005

US sees monthly fall in CPI index, yet inflation fears grow

On the face of it that doesn’t make sense. Deflation was back last month, with the US CPI index reducing by 0.6%, and yet, inflation fears are growing.

The explanation: it lies in the difference between the headline index, and the index analysts believe has more relevance, which strips out...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

2005 - The year in focus

As this is our last issue for two weeks we thought now would be a good time for a summary of what was big, what was disappointing what was significant in 2005.

And we would like to confess to a little disappointment. Some of the big technology stories we reported in...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

Is the High Street back? Christmas sales surge, but e-high street does better

The season of goodwill brings with it some Christmas cheer for retail.

The latest report from the Office of National Statistics revealed a 1% jump in retails sales during the three months to November, and that was the best performance since August 2004.

It would appear the cold weather has helped. Some...Read More

Posted Dec 16, 2005

VNU up for sale

Publishing company VNU, owner of Computing and Accountancy age, and market research firm AC Nielsen could be changing hands. Yesterday in a statement it was said it had received, “expressions of interest from various parties regarding a possible acquisition of the company.

VNU boss chief executive Rob Van den...Read More

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Unemployment rises

UK Unemployment is up and in some quarters that is being heralded as good news. According to the Office of National Statistics there has been a 72,000 rise in the number of people out work, to 1.49million in October, that’s 4.9%, from 4.7% a month ago.

Some are seeing this as...Read More

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Vikings land for cup of coffee

Baugur, the Icelandic group which already owns Hamleys, Oasis, Jane Norman, the Karen Millen fashion chain and jeweller Goldsmiths is now moving in on the tea and coffee market.

It’s buying up 121 year old Whittard of Chelsea, which has 120 outlets across the UK.

Actually, it’s the dried fruit and nut...Read More

Posted Dec 15, 2005

Vodafone in Turkish delight

Turkey wants to join the EU club, but not all of its members want it. The more open the country is to foreign business, and the more willing it is to sell state assets to overseas companies, then the better its chances of being allowed in. Therefore, the move announced...Read More

Posted Dec 14, 2005

Should the LSE stay independent?

The London Stock Exchange is worth far more to the UK than the total value of its shares. For the City to remain one of the key financial hubs of the world it needs the LSE to be efficient and frankly it needs it to be the top European...Read More

Posted Dec 13, 2005

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