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?

Thrifty Britain shifts to store brands

Britain has become a nation of discount shoppers, with tens of millions moving to cheaper supermarket brands.

Want the best olive oil? Then save yourself some money

Want the best olive oil? You can buy the tastiest extra-virgin for half the price in budget supermarkets, according to Which?

Morrisons raises profit forecast as sales boom

Supermarket shows it can lift margins as well as sales

The Insider: Get bowled over by the sweet taste of summer

Strawberries are the perfect match for Wimbledon, and Brits certainly love to eat them: £375m-worth were sold in the UK last year. If you're heading to the supermarket to buy a punnet or two this weekend, you could find that you're faced with a choice of standard, premium and organic varieties, sometimes with very different price tags.

Clinton Cards buys 196 stores from Birthdays

Clinton Cards is to buy 196 stores from Birthdays, the loss-making subsidiary it put into administration last month. The £3.5m deal is expected to save almost 1,500 jobs.

Seven quizzed over street beating death

Detectives launched a murder inquiry today after a Polish man was found beaten to death behind a supermarket.

Aldi is crowned Britain's best supermarket

Budget food store Aldi has been crowned the best supermarket in Britain by the consumer organisation Which?.

Threshers' owner issues 'going concern' warning

The group behind the off-licence chain Threshers has issued a "going concern" warning, citing a "material uncertainty" that casts significant doubt on its ability to continue trading.

Mystery shoppers put M&S at the bottom of their list

The news for Sir Stuart Rose, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, just gets more and more miserable. In a new mystery-shopping survey, Prophet, the brand strategists, found that shoppers put Middle England's once-favourite shop firmly at the bottom of a list of 11 supermarket groups. Based on mystery-shopping research over the past two months and published tomorrow, Prophet's shoppers put Waitrose as the top supermarket in terms of customer expectations. They were asked to grade the shops – Waitrose was 4.5, Asda, 3.3, Aldi made 3.2 but M&S was 2.5, below the expected level of 3. Prophet's Vanessa Cohen said: "The research is not saying that the customer experience at M&S is below average, but that the customer experience is not as good as it should be."

Sainsbury renaissance as profits expected to jump by 10%

Sainsbury supermarket chief executive, Justin King, is this week expected to say that profits at the group jumped by 10 per cent over the last year as the renaissance in the company's fortunes continued.

Tesco to relaunch Clubcard scheme with £150m campaign

Tesco will kick off a drive to wrest back customers from its big three grocery rivals during the recession with a £150m relaunch of its Clubcard next week, the biggest change to its loyalty card scheme since it launched 15 years ago.

Downturn finally easing, says Tesco the record beater

UK's biggest grocer posts £3.1bn profit despite US woes

Tesco and Asda attack Competition Commission crackdown

Tesco and Asda have attacked the Competition Commission’s plans to crack down on supermarkets’ relationships with suppliers, arguing it will lead to higher prices for consumers as grocers are burdened with a further deluge of red tape.

New Tesco offers will catch customers on pay day

Tesco is to roll out a new “pay day” discount strategy to consumers struggling with the effects of the credit crunch.

Thrifty Living: Make a plan and save a packet at the supermarket

Buying your food and groceries at the supermarket is one of the biggest regular outgoings for most families in Britain. But with a bit of forward planning – and by following a few easy rules – it's very easy to knock thousands of pounds off your shopping bills every year.

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