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....I took out gym membership with Virgin Active in April 2016. Through my health insurer, Vitality, I was eligible for a plan discounted to £100 a month, which could be cancelled at any time. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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I cancelled Virgin Active membership but it kept on taking my money image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of September 2017 06:00:37 AM
....I took out gym membership with Virgin Active in April 2016. Through my health insurer, Vitality, I was eligible for a plan discounted to £100 a month, which could be cancelled at any time. ...
Michael O’Leary: a gift for controversy and an eye on the bottom line image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of September 2017 06:00:37 AM
....However, after Ryanair slipped to a quarterly loss at the end of 2013 O’Leary introduced a radical new corporate philosophy – being nicer – which has helped the airline kick on to further success. The carrier introduced new features including allocated seating, bottle-warming, changing facilities, free room for children’s car-seats, an extra cabin bag for children and discounts on their checked-in bags. ...
Activity pubs promise hope for ailing industry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 22nd of September 2017 03:40:31 PM
....These new bars are seen as a positive trend for the UK’s beleaguered pub and nightclub scene which has suffered as Britons avoid expensive rounds – the average price of a pint of beer in Britain is now £3. 60 – by buying discounted beer and wine alongside their weekly supermarket shop. ...
Co-op profits fall as it offloads final stake in bank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of September 2017 11:09:46 AM
....The mutual, which runs grocery shops, funeral homes and an insurance business, said it made underlying pre-tax profits of £14m in the six months to 1 July, down 48% on the same period a year before. The decline was largely the result of a £29m payout in discounts to member shoppers and nearly £6m to local communities under its revived membership rewards scheme. ...
Aldi and Lidl increase share of British shoppers as inflation hits spending image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 08:22:50 AM
. Aldi and Lidl account for £1 in every £8 spent in UK supermarkets, with two-thirds of British shoppers visiting the discounters over the past three months. ...
Toys R Us files for bankruptcy in US and Canada image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of September 2017 07:35:56 AM
....”. Analysts say the company’s large network of shops are an expensive burden at a time when online giants Amazon and Walmart are discounting toys to steal their shoppers. ...
Zanussi turns up heat on new boiler installation. Is it a con? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 17th of September 2017 05:59:33 AM
.... The Energy Saving Trust confirmed that boiler grants are means-tested with the exception of some local authority schemes. If anyone gets a call from someone offering boilers at a discounted price because of a government grant – and Zanussi Boilers in particular – be wary. ...
Crisis in Toyland: how the shift online places our childhood favourites in peril image
....“The toy market has been under pressure for quite some time,” says Neil Saunders, an analyst at retail consultancy GlobalData. “Profit margins are being squeezed by excessive discounting – especially around holidays. ...
Christian Candy reshuffles assets worth more than £300m in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 07:00:05 AM
.... The 1930s mansion block was bought for £85m, according to the title deed, and Christian Candy’s CPC Group obtained planning permission to refurbish the building as luxury flats. Rather than developing the property itself, CPC is now reported to be seeking buyers at a discounted £75m. ...
The elderly could do with a national wealthcare service image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 16th of September 2017 06:00:04 AM
....Separately, a friend told me about his recently widowed dad who had a knock at the door from a salesman pushing a walk-in bath. What followed was the standard rip-off: the deal would only last for a week, he’d check with his manager if he could offer such a discount – the usual garbage. ...
Build-to-rent – the solution to Britain's housing crisis? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 14th of September 2017 05:00:33 AM
.... This is a higher proportion than seen at many other London developments, and just below the 35% target set by the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan - down from his election promise of 50%. The borough, Brent, is one of London’s poorest but nearly 40% of the affordable Wembley Park homes will be let at a discount to market rents, with the maximum rent set at 65% to 80% of market value. ...
Amazon and eBay turning blind eye to VAT evasion, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of September 2017 06:10:38 PM
....Some of the MPs on the committee said they had completed mystery shopping exercises and found firms without VAT numbers. Hillier said she had been offered a 20% discount after she had asked for a VAT number. ...
Number of people switching energy supplier up 30% in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 11:01:48 PM
....At a private meeting in late August, the energy regulator Ofgem told the big six energy suppliers and dozens of challenger companies that it was planning a price cap for 2 million people. The cap would apply to vulnerable customers who are eligible for the warm home discount scheme. ...
‘Special assistance’ was of no assistance with Eurostar image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 12th of September 2017 06:00:27 AM
....My husband (who is blind) and I wanted to book Eurostar from London to Avignon in August. I am entitled to a discounted blind companion fare, but it can only be booked by phone and at the height of holiday season it was impossible to get through. ...
FCA must backtrack over Saudi oil giant Aramco | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of September 2017 11:01:23 PM
.... The sooner the U-turn happens, the better. When the government in February lowered the Ogden rate – a discount formula used to calculate compensation payments for victims of serious injuries – from 2. ...
UK insurance payouts to shrink after U-turn on lump sum formula image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of September 2017 05:13:47 PM
....For people with serious injuries it is bad news as payouts will be lower than expected. Brett Dixon, president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said: “The discount rate must be set to meet the needs of catastrophically injured people. ...
Grand Designs' Kevin McCloud seeks to raise £50m to build 600 homes a year image
....”. He said there would be no “McCloud premium” on the price of the planned homes, although every scheme so far had been a sellout and “unlike other developers we have never had to discount our homes”. ...
Five more carmakers launch UK scrappage schemes as sales falter image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of September 2017 05:16:48 PM
.... They also come amid the threat of renewed action by governments on older, polluting cars – especially following the VW diesel emissions scandal. The German carmaker has promised discounts of up to £6,000 when buying a new car. ...
Meet the UK energy company that will give profits back to customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of September 2017 06:04:36 AM
....However, Pike and Sode – who had signed up 4,500 customers by this week – say the success of their crowdfunding campaign shows there is appetite for change. It’s a feeling reflected in the wider industry too, according to Pike, who says the company’s set-up costs were significantly reduced thanks to discounts from businesses who believed in their model. ...
Amazon's tech-style takeover of Whole Foods: cheaper produce and 'farm fresh' Echos image
. Amid stands of discounted raspberries and “end of summer” organic peaches, Amazon’s effort to revolutionize the US retail grocery business got under way Monday morning with deep price cuts to some produce at its newly acquired Whole Foods chain. ...
Trump's trade policy on China won't win its help on North Korea | Jeffrey Frankel image
.... It was a foolish threat all along – not least because, if Chinese authorities had stopped intervening in the foreign-exchange market in 2015-16, the result would have been a weaker renminbi, not a stronger one. By now, Chinese president Xi Jinping, like most world leaders, has learned to discount Trump’s warnings. ...
The stress of low-paid work is making our country sick | Dawn Foster image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 24th of August 2017 05:00:11 AM
.... Locals who run, walk or use outdoor gyms in certain areas will be able to earn rewards by tracking their activity using downloadable apps. Money off supermarket shopping, free cinema tickets and discounts on sports gear are among the carrots offered to people who opt to up their activity level. ...
The Guardian view on grocery wars: Lidl Britain | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 06:12:01 PM
.... Then a foreign species disturbed it. In the early 1990s, German discount stores Lidl and Aldi arrived in Britain, catering mostly for those who couldn’t afford to go anywhere else. ...
UK families could get money off shopping bills if they hit exercise goals image
. Families could be offered discounts on their food shopping, cut-price sports gear and free cinema tickets for hitting exercise targets in a drive to reduce the burden of lifestyle-related illness on the NHS. ...
Lidl overtakes Waitrose as UK shoppers turn to discounters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of August 2017 07:44:32 AM
. Lidl has overtaken Waitrose to become the UK’s seventh largest grocer as increasingly cash-strapped shoppers turn to the discounters. ...
UK credit and debit card spending ​growing​ at fastest rate since 2008 image
....1% a month earlier, helped offset falls in every other sector, according to the ONS, although some economists blamed wet weather for weaker sales by fashion retailers. Spending on cards in the retail sales sector grew by £500m in the second quarter, according to UK Finance data, driven by increased spending in the mixed business - department stores, discount shops and catalogue sales - and food and drink, which were up by £500m and £100m respectively. ...
Asda returns to sales growth thanks to price cuts and inflation image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 12:17:23 PM
....While Asda flagged its strategy of cutting prices on key items, a return to grocery price inflation spurred by the fall in the value of sterling is also likely to have helped the chain, owned by US retailer Walmart. Supermarkets have been struggling to cope with the rapid expansion of discounters Aldi and Lidl in the UK, which forced them to cut prices on many everyday basics. ...
Metric meter and imperial bills leave Scottish Power confused image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 06:00:00 AM
.... But Scottish Power seems unable to comprehend this and keeps increasing my direct debits, so I am overdrawn. I have now fallen off its discount rate and am stuck on the costly standard charge. ...
From standup comedy classes to free massages – wellness at work goes mainstream image
.... These types of firms can offer staff benefits such legal advice and round the clock access to a GP at a low cost to employers. In this way, building service engineers JS Wright has introduced a programme that gives its staff and their families confidential legal advice, bereavement support, a 24-hour-GP service, counselling, an online health-check, nutritional advice and various discounts – costing the company just £5 per employee. ...
ENERGY customer delivered into safe hands after dire billing muddle  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 02:39:00 PM
....The situation isn’t perfect but much more support exists now for vulnerable customers to ensure they get a smooth supply and at the best price possible. So start thinking smart meters (and forget estimates), whether you are eligible for a warm home discount, getting on the priority services register, and remember if you build up a £5 plus credit you can get it back immediately and will automatically after a year, so don’t go cancelling direct debits if you are still under contract. ...
Aw, Snapchat! Its shares stood little chance in the face of Facebook image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
.... This was presented as an exercise in internal restructuring – a stripping out of a layer of management – but a grumble about the former chancellor’s 2015 budget all helps to encourage the idea that outside forces are upsetting the retail sector. Yet times can’t be too hard at Wilko, despite the expansion of rival discount chain B&M in the homewares market. ...
Gloom for Asda as it posts worst results this century image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....7m. The big four supermarkets continue to face intense competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl, and are also facing pricing pressures following the recent fall in the value of the pound. ...
Wilko warns nearly 4,000 staff could lose jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of August 2017 12:06:40 PM
....”. The company, founded by James Kemsey Wilkinson – known as JK – in Leicester in 1930 has grown to employ 20,000 people working in 406 stores across the country, but has struggled to compete with the rise of other discount chains such as B&M and Poundland. ...
Thousands of Asda workers face redundancy or reduced hours image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 10th of August 2017 12:08:18 PM
....3bn, as shoppers flocked to cheaper rivals. The supermarket industry is going through massive change as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons are forced to cut costs to respond to the threat posed by the fast-growing discounters Aldi and Lidl, as well as grocery sales moving online. ...
Morrisons promises not to adopt brands using fake farm names image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 05:21:26 PM
....In April, Asda relaunched its value Smart Price food range as Farm Stores, reigniting the row. German discounter Aldi replaced its Wood Farm brand with Nature’s Pick earlier this year, while its Ashfield Farm brand sells 100% British meat. ...
Sainsbury's cost-saving measures will cut 1,000 head-office jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 04:17:04 PM
....The UK’s second-largest supermarket chain has drafted in McKinsey, the management consultancy, to draw up a headcount reduction plan. All the big supermarket chains have announced job cuts in recent years as they seek to compete with the fast-growing discounters Aldi and Lidl. ...
Two pints of best and an English rosé as wine comes to the beer festival image
....Is Pets at Home still in the doghouse? The retailer has had a tumultuous time of late and investors will no doubt be listening closely on Tuesday when its management gives a trading update for the first quarter of the year. The share price dropped in May when Morgan Stanley warned that specialist retail chains such as Pets at Home, which has more than 400 superstore outlets, were not sustainable in the age of the internet and discount stores. ...
Asda posts worst annual figures since Walmart takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 01:21:34 PM
....While shoppers can buy Asda food over the internet, the supermarket has been hit harder than most because it refuses to join rivals in opening smaller stores. The “big four” have also come under attack from discounters Aldi and Lidl, which can undercut their bigger rivals by stocking fewer high-quality ranges. ...
Price cap still possible, government warns energy companies image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 07:19:42 PM
....The regulator held a summit last week with consumer groups on developing a “safeguard tariff” to extend an existing cap for the 4m households on prepayment meters to a further 2. 6m poorer households who receive the warm home discount. ...
Angry at British Gas price hike? Save your fury for the government image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 07:12:54 PM
....That ambition has been killed by opposition on Tory benches to price caps. Thus the whole issue has been booted off to the regulator Ofgem, which will probably only back a limited “safeguard tariff” for customers on warm home discounts. ...
Grocer Booths forced to call in accountants for financial health check image
.... It is its first financial trouble in 170 years and mostly due to the terrible floods and the volatile retail climate,” one source said. The firm has also come under attack from discounters Aldi and Lidl, like other established supermarkets, and faces fierce competition from bigger rivals and online players. ...
Mock chocs: is Poundland’s cut-price confectionery the answer to shrinkflation? image
....We couldn’t get hold of Twin Peaks, because – naturally – Poundland has run into legal difficulties over it. But what about the rest of the discount retailer’s range? Can they compete on flavour? The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so let’s get sick. ...
Digital railcards could be just the ticket to avoid penalty fares image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 29th of July 2017 05:59:43 AM
....Within the next few weeks, young people buying the popular 16-25 Railcard will be offered the digital one for the first time. Next will be the Network Railcard, which provides discounts on trains across routes into London and south-east England. ...
'Incredible shrinking airline seat': US court says seat size a safety issue image
....Airlines have steadily reduced the space between rows to squeeze in extra seats and make more money. On discount carrier Spirit Airlines, the distance between the headrest of one seat and that of the seat in front of it a distance called “pitch” is 28 inches (71cm), which, after accounting for the seat itself, leaves little legroom for the average passenger. ...
Leasehold houses and the ground rent scandal: all you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 03:05:21 PM
.... They find their homes almost unsaleable, because lenders, particularly Nationwide, won’t grant mortgages against homes with onerous ground rent clauses, while conveyancing solicitors will warn prospective buyers off. Homes blighted by ground rent are saleable only at a huge discount. ...
Sport and sunshine fuel surge in UK supermarket alcohol sales image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 11:59:45 AM
....Sales of supermarkets’ own-label goods rose by nearly 7% year on year in the last three months, according to Kantar, to account for just over 51% of spending, a record high marking a switch away from more expensive brands. Meanwhile, discounters Aldi and Lidl were by far the fastest-growing chains in the UK, with sales up 17. ...
Jimmy Choo auctioned off to US fashion brand Michael Kors for £900m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of July 2017 08:00:16 AM
....7m, as sales in the US were hit by the decline of department stores and the falling value of the pound which pushed up costs. Jonathan Buxton, head of consumer and retail at Cavendish Corporate Finance, said: “Jimmy Choo is a widely popular footwear brand but like so many upmarket brands, it has been facing declining sales due to discounting in department stores and customer preferences moving away from conspicuous labels. ...
Tesco to extend same-day online delivery service across UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of July 2017 03:24:21 PM
.... The acquisition is being viewed as a signal of intent by Amazon to wade into the grocery business. Tesco, along with the other established players, has also been hammered by the emergence of the German discounters Aldi and Lidl, whose entrance onto the grocery scene has sparked a bitter price war that has eroded profit margins. ...
Asda considers bid for B&M that would give it access to local stores image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of July 2017 04:11:01 PM
. Asda is considering a move for the discount chain B&M, in what would be the latest attempt by a major supermarket to diversify in the face of growing competition from cheaper rivals. ...
Rushing into a trade deal with the US would harm the UK | Adam Marshall image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 11:03:00 PM
....As someone born in the US who has spent all his adult life in the UK, you might think I would be a natural advocate for a comprehensive US-UK free trade agreement. After all, more than 15% of all UK goods exports already go to the US – the biggest percentage for any single country, if the 47% of UK goods exports that go to the EU’s 27 countries are discounted. ...
Sun, sea, sand … and a last-minute money-saving holiday guide image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 22nd of July 2017 06:00:31 AM
....30am), and shave a third off ticket prices. For example, Southern, which serves Gatwick airport, offers a 34% discount for between three and nine people travelling together, with kids just £2 and under 5s free. ...
It’s not just the BBC: pay disparity is a blight on the whole UK | Polly Toynbee image
....The reason the BBC was told to publish the list of top earners was to demonstrate whether it is delivering value for money - in other words, whether it pays in line with the market. Given that no other broadcaster publishes the pay of its stars this is difficult to prove, but Tony Hall, the director general, insists the BBC aims to pay people at a discount to the market while Gary Lineker, one of the top earners, insists he has been offered more lucrative deals to leave. ...
Mr Kipling maker hit by shoppers' switch to own-label products image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 08:29:00 AM
....6%. As households feel the squeeze, shoppers are seekingbetter value for money by heading to discount chains and buying budget basics. ...
Let buyers borrow more on greener homes, urges report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of July 2017 05:01:11 AM
.... Well-insulated homes would eventually sell more quickly and command a modest price premium. The idea is the latest in a string of mooted incentives to encourage people to insulate their homes and nudge buyers towards greener properties, such as a discount on stamp duty for energy efficient homes. ...
Cost of UK car insurance leaps 11% to record high image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 11:01:03 PM
.... The tax, which is applied to 50m car, home and private medical insurance policies, has doubled since 2015. Another reason is the government’s decision to drastically cut the discount rate used to calculate compensation payouts when people suffer serious injuries as a result of a car crash or medical negligence, for example. ...
Are these the cheapest countries for expat living? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 04:00:00 PM
.... Property is cheap as well, with rent costing 70 per cent less on average than in Britain. If you are retired, Mexico holds even more appeal, as all residents over the age of 60 get an INAPAM (Instituto Nacional para las Personas Adultas Mayores) senior discount card, giving you between 5 per cent and 50 per cent off everything from healthcare, transport, hotels and the cinema. ...
Poundland delays launch of Twin Peaks chocolate bar amid legal row image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 02:09:27 PM
....Poundland has been forced to delay the launch of a Toblerone copycat after getting stuck in a legal wrangle with the triangular chocolate bar’s owners. Last month, the budget chain announced plans to begin selling Twin Peaks, a bar with two humps rather than the distinctive single peak chunks of the Toblerone bar, which is one of the discounter’s biggest sellers. ...
'The lipstick effect': Britons treat themselves as budgets tighten image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 08:00:01 AM
....”. He said that when spare cash is tight, people try to save on dull basics, going for budget shampoos, milk from a discount chain or holding on to an ageing bed or washing machine, in order to afford feel-good treats where they believe they get more value for money. ...
As car insurance costs rise, the over-65s are urged to switch image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 15th of July 2017 06:00:45 AM
.... Increasing it should reduce the premium. • Avoid small claims If you make a claim you will push up your insurance premium as you will lose some or all of your no claims discount. ...
Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 14th of July 2017 04:28:14 AM
.... Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, called for a policy hitherto foreign to the World Economic Forum: “more redistribution”. After years of hedging or discounting the malign effects of free trade, it was time to face facts: globalisation caused job losses and depressed wages, and the usual Davos proposals – such as instructing affected populations to accept the new reality – weren’t going to work. ...
Lidl and Aldi go head-to-head offering cheap school uniforms image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 11:00:37 PM
. The German discount supermarkets Lidl and Aldi have started a school uniform price war, with each chain offering an entire outfit for £3. ...
Tesco faces in-depth investigation into £3.7bn Booker takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 08:31:46 AM
....The deal was revealed in January and considered to be Tesco’s first major corporate move since it was led by Sir Terry Leahy, who quit in 2011. In recent years, the retailer has been hit by growing competitions from discount chains and an accounting scandal. ...
May says she will help gig economy workers but fails to pledge new laws image
....“Drivers using Uber made average fares of £15 per hour last year after our service fee and, even after costs, the average driver took home well over the National Living Wage. We know drivers want more security too which is why we’re already investing in discounted illness and injury cover, and will be introducing further improvements soon. ...
Carillion has paid a heavy price for too many risky contracts | Nils Pratley image
.... They mostly hold their Spanish paper via nominee services. There is not enough time to go through those nominees and ask everybody if they wish to take up their entitlement to new shares at a discounted price. ...
Brexit breaks breakfast? Hard Brexit could mean hard luck for fry-up fans image
....Paul Martin, UK head of retail at KPMG, said that while supermarkets had so far avoided fully passing on higher prices to customers, this would change if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. “The British consumer has become accustomed to seasonal produce all year round and has binged on a diet of discounts for some time. ...
London mayor blasts council over cut to affordable homes in Battersea revamp image
.... BNP Paribas stated in the appraisal that the development should be able to provide as much as 50% of affordable housing if planning guidelines had been applied. While celebrities including Sting and Bear Grylls are among those who have already bought luxury units in the development, the application from the developers to slash the affordable housing came as a shock to nearby residents, first-time buyers, renters and local people promised a 40% discount on the average market rent. ...
Beware ‘the devil’s debt’ – that tempting store card offered at the tills image
....The debt charity StepChange says store cards are a persistent issue, with around one in eight people who call it for help having problems, usually with debts of around £1,000. “Most consumers are not focusing on the APR, and I think the attraction of offers, of discounts, of being able to spread payments – that is at the forefront of someone’s mind when they are making that decision, not the total cost of credit,” says debt advice co-ordinator Michael Agboh-Davison. ...
Butter price at all-time high as dairy production curdles image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 7th of July 2017 11:28:15 AM
....He said farmers had “hit the brakes” in 2016 after a drop in milk prices, with production down by 5% to 10%. Many farmers quit the dairy industry after prices slumped in the wake of a Russian ban on EU imports and heavy price competition among supermarkets trying to fight off the rise of discounters Aldi and Lidl. ...
Gig economy: there's an easy way to end abusive working conditions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 6th of July 2017 09:00:07 PM
.... They, too, are sick of being undercut by rivals who twist the definition of “self-employment” to make it mean something that was never intended. Here’s another grumble for Burberry’s revolting shareholders to air at next week’s annual meeting: how on Earth does the fashion house justify discounts of 80% for senior management when they buy the company’s fashions? A modest discount, say 20%, would be par for the course. ...
Sainsbury's sales sizzle as shoppers snap up paddling pools image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of July 2017 06:53:35 AM
....Laith Khalaf, a senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said the bigger picture remained challenging for UK supermarkets: “Weaker sterling is pushing up food prices and putting a dent in consumers’ purses, while the trading environment remains as competitive as ever. “Indeed the turf war the big supermarkets have been fighting against the discounters may start to look like a schoolyard skirmish if Amazon decides it wants a piece of the UK grocery market. ...
Hinkley Point C: the government should start planning alternatives | Nils Pratley image
.... It won’t be closed by a few steps. Ofgem’s proposed “safeguard tariff” is modest and targeted, probably at households that qualify for warm home discounts. ...
Millions betrayed by Tories’ energy price cap U-turn, says Labour image
....In response, Ofgem said on Monday that it would hold a summit in July to consider what form of “safeguard tariff” would be best, with one option being to extend an existing cap for the 4m households on prepayment meters to a further 2. 6m vulnerable households who receive the warm home discount. ...
Generous Sainsbury’s makes a point about its evouchers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 3rd of July 2017 06:00:04 AM
....I am writing to complain about Sainsbury’s “evouchers”. I had placed an online order, and several replacement products were sent, so I received an evoucher for the difference (an evoucher is a 12-digit code which can be entered on the website to receive a discount for an online order. ...
One in seven UK private tenants pays more than half income in rent – study image
....Councils are swimming against a tide of right to buy sales that means they are losing much more of their stock than they are replacing. It emerged last year that 54,581 units of social housing have been sold since David Cameron’s government boosted the discounts in 2012, but work has begun on only 12,472 replacements. ...
Bitcoin accepted at New York pre-school image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of June 2017 11:50:53 PM
..... Parents who invested early and have ridden the currency's rise get something like a discount on the school's hefty $31,000 tuition. ...
Tesco continues savings drive as it cuts 1,200 head-office jobs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of June 2017 11:05:11 AM
.... Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose have also closed stores in recent years while Asda has cut jobs as all the big grocers try to keep costs down. They are battling to fight back against the rise of the discounters Aldi and Lidl, who have forced price cuts across the grocery market. ...
Have you factored in these costs of moving abroad? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 04:53:00 PM
....Have you shopped around to find the best plane, boat or rail ticket prices?. You could find that there are group discounts, advance booking discounts, special offers or incentives to travel during off-peak times. ...
Google fined record €2.4bn by EU over search engine results image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 09:32:10 AM
....Intel, €1. 1bn (2009): The US chipmaker was ordered to pay a fine of more than €1bn for anticompetitive practices after being found to have given price discounts to computer manufacturers Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC if they bought its chips. ...

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