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?

No discount on professionalism: Why Aldi's has a graduate scheme is high demand

Most graduates dread the day when they find themselves wandering the budget supermarket aisles seeking out cheap fortified wine but for Francesca Haynes, 27, it's a dream come true.

Tesco reports sales boost

Supermarket giant Tesco reported signs of improving consumer confidence today as it geared up for the Christmas sales battle.

Waitrose makes sustainable palm oil pledge

Supermarket responds to environmental concerns about its policy

Asda is 'least green' of all supermarkets, watchdog finds

US-owned chain reacts angrily to 'inaccurate, misleading' report

Margareta Pagano: Even at an Aldi discount, Lloyds is still a gamble

It's hard to believe our banks were the envy of Europe

Local grocer in banana war on supermarkets

A two-store grocer in north London will today take a stand against the UK’s biggest supermarkets which are waging a price war on bananas that threatens to do lasting damage to plantation workers in developing countries.

Rejuvenated Lego is back on the block

Chances are that Lego will find its way back into children's stockings this Christmas, along with other old-fashioned toys that the internet age had threatened to confine to history.

Spotlight: Sainsbury's Credit Card

Activity in the credit card market is warming up as we start to think about those all-important Christmas shopping purchases.

Big stores counting the cost of ban on GM food

Supermarkets in talks on how to educate public about benefits of science

David Prosser: Grocers battle back

Outlook Back to the drawing board for Aldi and Lidl, the discount grocers that seemed poised to break through in the UK as recession-stretched shoppers turned to supermarkets offering the lowest prices. The latest TNS data on the groceries market, shows that while both are still expanding in the UK, their rates of growth have slowed markedly. Or, to put that another way, neither group is hanging on to all the shoppers that flooded into their stores at the end of last year.

Waitrose sales growth flags end to 'recession panic'

Supermarket shoppers' "recession panic" could be coming to an end as research today showed strong quarterly growth for Waitrose while discounters lost momentum.

Jobs are hard to get, but these bigwigs should have no trouble finding work

The market for heavy-hitters is expected to be strong as companies look to add muscle to their boards. Mark Leftly reports

Director of Aldi's UK division steps down as growth falters

The managing director of Aldi UK and Ireland has stepped down after 20 years at the discounter. Armin Burger, the chief executive of Aldi Austria, has already replaced Paul Foley.

Grocers face price check: Are supermarkets abusing their immense buying power

New ombudsman will arbitrate between sellers and suppliers. James Thompson reports

Commission defies supermarkets over ombudsman

Britain's competition watchdog insisted that supermarkets should be independently regulated after finding evidence they abused their dominance by acting aggressively towards suppliers.

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