Crowd-funding builds town's community centre

The ex-mining town of Glyncoch, South Wales, is the unlikely benefactor of a "crowd-funding" movement that harnesses private funding for community building projects. After spending seven years chasing state cash for a £792,000 community centre, residents used a new crowd-funding website to raise the money.

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Asda workers amass £500m in shares

Staff at supermarket giant Asda have saved more than half a billion pounds since a share ownership programme was launched 30 years ago.

Trending: Headphones 1, Speakers 0

The days of sitting around the record player have fallen further into history, alongside fireside story-telling, as more music listeners seek solo aural satisfaction. Sales of headphones now outstrip those of speakers by almost two to one, according to the analysts, GfK, and Asda.

Cleland plugs into Maplin as CEO

Maplin Electronics, the private equity-owned retailer, has hired John Cleland as its new chief executive from next month.

Tesco bids for a virtual supermarket sweep

The supermarket giant already dominates Britain's grocery market, and has signalled its intention to do the same online. James Thompson looks at its prospects

Asda is cooling on hypermarkets as festive sales tick up

Andy Clarke, the chief executive of Asda, has become the latest grocery boss to signal the days of building huge out-of-town hypermarkets packed with non-food could be drawing to a close.

Asda to step up price guarantee

The boss of Asda, the UK's second biggest supermarket chain, turned up the heat on major rival Tesco today as he pledged to step up its price guarantee scheme.

Supermarket staff live 'in poverty'

Hundreds of thousands of workers at the big four grocers are not paid a living wage, claims study

Stephen Foley: Mini-stores may take a bite out of Apple's image

US Outlook: Target must be hoping for Beijing-style mob scenes when it opensmini-Apple stores inside its superstores soon, though maybe not quite the brawls and egg-throwing that marred the iPhone 4S launch in China yesterday.

The decline in letter writing and a rise in online bill payments have produced a 20 per cent fall in business for the US mail

Rupert Cornwell: The last post looms for the US mail service

Out of America: Founded before the Declaration of Independence, it's facing an uncertain future thanks to the recession and the rise of the internet

Bloody nose for OFT in row over tobacco price-fixing

The Office of Fair Trading suffered a setback yesterday after a consortium of leading tobacco and retail groups overturned a previous ruling of unlawful pricing.

The Business On... Humphrey Cobbold, chief executive, Wiggle

On his bike, we hear?

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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