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Europe's debt crisis, slow growth on the continent and a lacklustre turnaround plan pushed French retail giant Carrefour's profits down 14% last year, the company reported today.

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Cabinet rebel pushes Osborne to remove £740m burden of commitments to reduce carbon emissions

Tesco pleases Cameron by creating 20,000 jobs to revive sluggish sales

Tesco will shrug off criticism of its role in the Government's "workfare" scheme today by creating 20,000 jobs as it attempts to revive sluggish sales and tighten its grip on Britain's shopping basket.

Morrisons 'unlikely' to hit profit forecasts for this year

Morrisons will unveil an expansion of its fledgling convenience stores and online non-food lines on Thursday when it posts a rise in full-year underlying profits.

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The Co-operative Group's food division is suffering a trading crisis in the Somerfield stores that it acquired nearly three years ago in a £1.6bn deal.

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The Co-operative Group's food division is suffering a trading crisis in the Somerfield stores that it acquired nearly three years ago in a £1.6bn deal.

Burger King quits government work experience scheme

Burger King announced it had pulled out of the Government's controversial work experience scheme.

Tesco market share dips below 30 per cent

Supermarket giant Tesco saw its share of the grocery market dip below 30 per cent for the first time in nearly seven years as it struggled to compete with low-cost rivals, figures showed today.

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Bits on the side: good vegetables can make a Christmas meal

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Aldi and Lidl top customer satisfaction survey

Budget stores Aldi and Lidl have outperformed Marks & Spencer for the first time in an annual supermarket satisfaction report.

Price war hits Tesco market share

A fierce price war raging among the major supermarkets has eroded the dominance of market leader Tesco, industry figures showed today.

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