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Officially, the cost of living is under control. So why doesn't it feel like that?

Dom Joly: It was trolleys at dawn and pterodactyls at dusk

Thank God it's all over for another year. I do enjoy Christmas, it's just that the lead-up to the event is so stressful. We decided on a dawn raid on Waitrose the day before Christmas Eve... unfortunately our plans were discovered and the secret was out. We arrived to find that everyone in Cirencester was trying to do the same – it was a shambles.

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Morrisons' sales jump as it wins over shoppers from larger rivals

Morrisons, Britain's fourth-largest supermarket chain, trounced its rivals yesterday as it reported booming sales and claimed it was winning over bargain-hunting shoppers from rival stores such as Tesco.

Recession slows the Tesco juggernaut

The grocer has posted some of its worst results in 16 years as its tries to withstand the pressure from its discount rivals and the global downturn. James Thompson reports

Property tycoon enters race to rescue Woolies

Ardeshir Naghshineh, whose 10 per cent equity stake in Woolworths was wiped out when the company fell into administration last week, is one of several potential bidders lining up to buy the 800-shop retailer.

Shopping on a plate: your online Christmas dinner

Home deliveries from supermarkets are convenient and flexible, but can you be sure of getting the best produce?

Recession - the domino effect: Share YOUR story

It began with the banks. Then house prices began to tumble. In the months that followed, the shock waves spread, engulfing first high streets, then factories – and thousands of jobs. In this gripping account, Paul Vallely travels across Britain to meet the people whose lives – and livelihoods – have fallen victim to the domino effect that left a nation broken

Retailers braced for a tough Christmas

More retailers released dire trading figures yesterday, reinforcing fears that the sector is heading for its worst Christmas in 30 years.

Tesco makes banking move to capitalise on credit crisis

Grocery giant plans to offer mortgages and current accounts

Tesco battles through the 'headwinds'

The UK's biggest supermarket today said it racked up a 10 per cent rise in first-half profits despite the "powerful economic headwinds" facing the business.

Food sales the only bright spotamid retailers' autumn gloom

As consumer confidence slides, 48 per cent of retailers report lower sales

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Middle-class self pity, it's the angst of our age

Watch out. Middle-class self-pity is at an all-time high as recession is anticipated by the "hardworking" folk who own nice homes and dependable, large cars and holiday many times a year. All too soon, such well-earned luxuries have turned to essential entitlements. Those now accustomed to these extras are restive, expecting the worst, almost as panicky as those across the Atlantic awaiting hurricanes. And of course when this downturn hits, some will have to decide to sell up that abode in Andalusia and go sometimes to Asda, instead of M&S or Waitrose.

Morrisons beats the gloom

Supermarket chain Morrisons today said its value ranges had helped it bring in half a million more customers every week as hard-pressed shoppers looked to cut food bills.

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