Voices Prudent shopper Russell Lynch, who started compiling his own inflation index 18 months ago

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

My Passion, The Crypt, London

They've toured and toured, and they're on bedroom walls everywhere, but this year one five-piece will really take off

On-song Fulham keep Carroll quiet but still cannot score

Newcastle United 0 Fulham 0

The Feral Beast: Mad Mel conjures up Druid rage

Melanie Phillips is always game for a little controversy but did she know what she was getting into when she took on the Druids?

Seasiders coast to victory on golden day for Holloway's heroes

Staggering display on return to the big time as Blackpool rock – then manager heads home to see apricot poodle!

Theo Albrecht: One of the two brothers behind the Aldi supermarket empire

A former Afrika Korps soldier, Theo Albrecht was the German entrepreneur behind the discount store Aldi.

As reclusive as he was rich: Aldi co-founder dies

Theo Albrecht, the recluse who founded the Aldi discount network with his older brother Karl, died, aged 88, at the weekend. True to the brothers' reputation for secrecy, his death was not announced until yesterday.

A few businesses find one man's poison is another man's meat

While the austerity measures that are starting to be announced by the Government are being met with dread by most companies, for some the spending cuts are just what the doctor ordered.

Tesco high-flyer quits the grocer

Colin Holmes, a high-flyer at Tesco once tipped for the top job, has quit the grocery giant after 22 years and just one day after it reshuffled its board.

Aldi finds the going tough after the recession ends

It was hard to pick up a newspaper 18 months ago without reading about the "Aldi effect" and how the middle classes were flocking to the German discounter and its rival, Lidl, during the UK recession.

Aldi Travel suspends holiday bookings

Aldi Travel has stopped taking bookings, but the company says it is only reviewing the packages on offer and is not pulling the plug on its holiday business.

David Prosser: We're the ones squeezing out the suppliers

Outlook Whoever wins the election, the writing is on the wall for the supermarkets, with both Labour and the Conservatives now signed up to the idea of an ombudsman to police the relationship between the sector and its suppliers. The "enforcer" will rule on breaches of a code of practice – in theory preventing those nasty giant supermarkets from driving hard-working small businesses (think vulnerable farmers) into the ground.

David Prosser: The price is right, but the offer isn't

Outlook What has happened to the discount grocers? A year ago, the rise of the likes of Aldi, Lidl and Netto seemed unstoppable, particularly in these troubled economic times. Yet the latest figures from TNS, the analysts, show that the discounters stood still or went backwards over the Christmas just gone.

Second boss in seven months departs from organic grocer

Abel & Cole, the private-equity backed organic grocery delivery group, has parted company with its second chief executive in seven months.

High street weathers the storms of 2009

The retail sector is a saner, more rational place after a year in which the axe fell on some chains but others did surprisingly well. James Thompson reports

Emma Shevah: Life's balancing act

An elderly lady was in front of me at the checkout at the supermarket. She wasn't buying much and I was buying rather a large amount and had my hyperactive children in tow.

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