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ASDA announced today (28th January) it will create more than 7,000 new jobs in 2009, and will recruit up to 3000 long-term unemployed for existing vacancies through Local Employment Partnerships and Remploy -ASDA‘s recruitment partner for people with disabilities and health conditions.

The move will help provide full and part time roles to thousands of people who have been unemployed for more than six months and are finding it difficult to re-enter the labour market.

The supermarket will create 3,700 new jobs throughout the UK with the opening of nine new food stores, five new ASDA Living outlets (its non food format) and extensions to 15 existing stores.

Posted in Press Centre on 28 January 2009
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Compared to recent months, discretionary income has improved as the value added tax (VAT) cut and effect of falling commodity prices helped reduce the cost of living in December to £413 per week. However, with the United Kingdom economy now officially in recession and with the prospect of further a weakening of the jobs market household incomes are likely to come under further pressure throughout 2009.

An increase in weekly family earnings after tax of £20 per week in December 2008 compared to a year earlier was not enough to offset the £24 rise in total spending on essentials.

Posted in Press Centre on 26 January 2009
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THEY’VE tried our cookies and now Japanese shoppers are enjoying a glass or two of ASDA’s wines.For the first time, four of ASDA’s Extra Special wines are being sold outside the UK – six thousand miles away on the shelves of Seiyu stores across Japan.

The three reds and one white follow Extra Special cookies into Seiyu, a subsidiary of ASDA’s parent company Wal-Mart. Almost 400 stores will be selling the Chenin, Pinotage, Claret and Medoc.ASDA’s Master of Wine, Philippa Carr, said:

“While shoppers in the UK will already be familiar with the great quality and fantastic value Extra Special range, we’re delighted they’re reaching a new market.”Seiyu’s Takae Namba added:
“UK products are very well received in Japan and the ASDA Extra Special cookies we imported were extremely successful. “Japanese customers like quality wines and these four are great quality for a very good price. We expect a positive response.”

Posted in Press Centre on 19 January 2009