10 best red wines for winter - go on, it's Christmas (nearly)

With the weather turning brisk, keep warm by curling up indoors with a glass of ones of these wines in hand

Super-discounters Aldi and Lidl lure customers away from Big Four as shoppers go bargain hunting

Nearly one in three shoppers have visited an Aldi supermarket in the last 12 lured by heavy discounts 

Wine: Something for the weekend?

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Anthony Rose: 'Rumours of the death of the high-street chain may be a tad exaggerated'

Only ghouls and Majestic Wine could have watched the car crashes of the Oddbins and Wine Rack chains with any satisfaction. Poor judgment by Oddbins' previous owner and asset-stripping by Wine Rack's venture capitalists left a disorderly trail of lost jobs, empty-handed customers and second-hand bottle shops in its wake. Their demise left a vacuum in the high street only partly filled by Majestic, Bargain Booze and independents.

Why Sainsbury’s featuring Co-op items is a triumph for Christmas adverts

The “real life” footage used in Sainsbury’s Christmas in a Day commercial is just that

Sainsbury's overtakes Asda on demand for its premium lines

Sainsbury's dominant position as the best-performing Big Four supermarket was cemented yesterday when the company revealed it has surpassed Asda to become the country's second-biggest supermarket and is set to overtake Morrisons' profit levels for the first time in a decade.

Wine: Something for the weekend?

Night in

Anthony Rose: 'Forget ancient vicars and maiden aunts - Drakes Tabanco's sherries are fresh and innovative'

Missing the recent London Sherry Trail – aka tapas bar crawl – didn't prevent me from taking in the new sherry and cava bar phenomenon that's adding a dimension to the growing tapas scene. Following Bar Pepito, Rosita and Copa de Cava comes Drakes Tabanco in central London. Tim Luther and Nigel Howell's authentic tavern serves excellent Fernando de Castilla sherries from the cask and sells them to take away.

Money Insider: Spread your spending or cut costs for a happy Christmas spending?

With a little over six and a half weeks until Christmas, if you're thinking of taking out a new credit card to ease the festive financial burden, you need to get your skates on.

Asda launches 'gimmick-free' Christmas advert

Asda is to launch its "gimmick-free" Christmas advert this weekend, claiming it is spending the money saved on beating its competitors' prices.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 9 October 2013

Cineworld sheds three cinemas

Tesco revamps Finest range in bid to win back customers

Tesco has relaunched its premium Finest range in the hope of attracting more customers who may have stayed away after the horsemeat scandal engulfed the supermarket.

Anthony Rose: 'Celebrate October with delicious autumnal reds that go with game'

I'm no more a fan of the so-called Glorious 12th than your average grouse served trussed-up in haste. It seems as unseasonably early for game as the premature kick-off to the football season. October is true autumn and, for me, that means game of the pheasant, guinea fowl and partridge variety. So this week, I'm celebrating the month with delicious autumnal reds to go with our feathered friends.

Jim Armitage: Ignore the critics, Phil, you're the grocer we need

Outlook David Cameron may not have a clue how much a supermarket value loaf of bread costs, but Tesco's shoppers certainly do. With the cost of goods rising and wages not keeping up, Brits' bank balances are not enjoying the economic recovery the Prime Minister so delightedly championed yesterday.

Tesco revealed first half group pre-tax profits of £1.39 billion, down 24.5 per cent year-on-year

Tesco profits drop by quarter as Sainsbury's prospers from cash-strapped customers

Tough overseas markets blamed for slump but UK trading profits on the rise

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