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Latest Asda Mumdex report reveals:

  • 86% of mums want to work to be a good role model to their kids
  • First time mums are twice as worried about financial pressures than they are about their own health
  • The cost of school uniforms is mums’ main back to school worry
  • Mums want Government to help with access to cheaper childcare; more after school clubs, and for employers to offer flexible working to help them get back to work

With families across the country preparing to send their kids back to school, the Asda Mumdex released today (Monday 2nd September) finds that society is not delivering the support structures that mums need to help them balance work and home life.

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Posted in Press Centre on 02 September 2013
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  • Royal Princess tops the charts as the most aspirational woman for girls in recent poll
  • George at Asda launches the ‘Mini Middy’ dress for aspiring Princesses
  • The petit polka dot dress will hit stores and George.com today and is set to sell out by the end of the week

Today a poll by George at Asda reveals that Kate Middleton tops the charts as the most inspirational woman to young girls. A whopping 72% of little ladies crowned the Princess their favourite female, beating Olympian Jessica Ennis and singer Taylor Swift to the top spot.

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Posted in Press Centre on 04 September 2013
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By 2018, the average UK household will be £1,300 a year worse off in real terms than in 2009, when spending power was at its peak, according to a major new study by Asda

Over the next five years:

  • RISING COST OF LIVING –The average UK household will spend £3,900 a year more on essential items – like transport, utilities and housing – than they do now
  • INFLATION OUTPACING WAGES – Consumer price inflation will outpace wage growth, growing year on year by an average of 2.5% compared to average wage increases of 2.2% a year between 2013 and 2018
  • FEELING THE SQUEEZE – Lower income households will see their discretionary income fall in nominal terms by almost a third (29%) to £1,200 a year – equivalent to just £23 a week
  • A RISE IN THE INCOME TAX THRESHOLD would help families says Asda boss

Midday, Wednesday 11th September 2013 – UK households will be £1,300 a year worse off in real terms in 2018 compared to 2009 when spending power was at its peak, as rising costs, stagnating pay and austerity measures continue to squeeze disposable income, a major new report by Asda warns today.

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Posted in Press Centre on 11 September 2013
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  • New national price cap means any drivers filling up at any Asda fuel station will pay no more than – 133.7 ppl on unleaded and 138.7 ppl on diesel.
  • The average price of a litre of petrol rose in August to 137.5 pence, up from 133.4 ppl in May, three months before. The average cost of a litre of petrol stands at 134.3 at Asda, well below the national average across all retailers.
  • The average UK household could save more than £45 a year filling up at Asda, compared to the most expensive retailer.
  • Households in Northern Ireland continue to have the greatest potential savings by shopping at Asda, of over £55 a year at Augusts’ prices.

From tomorrow morning (Friday 13th September) drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 223 forecourts nationwide will pay no more than 133.7ppl on unleaded and 138.7 ppl on diesel.

Asda today reacted quickly to the latest reductions in wholesale costs on unleaded and diesel by immediately passing the savings on to their customers.

The cut provides some good news for hard pressed motorists. Following a recent study by the *Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) the average family could save up to £45 a year by filling up at Asda.

Whilst Asda remains the only supermarket to have a national price cap when it cuts the price of fuel, ensuring drivers know what they will pay at the pump regardless of where they live, other fuel retailers are getting away with charging some drivers up to 6 pence per litre difference across their sites.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Petrol Trading Director said: “We’re giving our customers the opportunity to fill up their cars with lower priced fuel, putting much needed cash back in their pockets. Our national price cap benefits everyone across the country, meaning that no-one filling up at Asda will be forced to pay a premium for their fuel because of where they live.”

Savvy motorists can also check how much they will save on fuel by using Asda’s petrol price comparison site powered by independent price checker which enables drivers across the UK to find the lowest priced fuel before they fill up.

The recent *OFT report highlights what our customers have known for some time, when Asda comes to town petrol prices tumble.

For further information contact: Asda Press Office, 0113 8262829

Please ask for the full petrol price tracker report.
The recent OFT report which highlights Asda driving fuel prices down can be found here.
UK petrol and diesel sector – Call for information ( section 4.4).

Posted in Press Centre on 12 September 2013
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Discretionary income down £2 a week year-on-year says Asda Income Tracker

  • The average UK household had £159 a week of discretionary income in August 2013, down £2 a week from the same month last year and £6 a week from its peak in February 2010
  • Slow pay growth was again a key factor, up just 1% in the year to August – just a third of the rate of essential item inflation (2.9%) and way below the pre-recession average of 4%
  • Annual food price inflation reached 4.1% in August, its highest rate for three months – the average UK food bill has now gone up by £655 a year compared to five years ago
  • Although unemployment this month fell for the first time in four months to 7.7% underemployment remains an issue – 1.45 million workers are unable to find full-time employment adding strain to their incomes

The latest Asda Income Tracker reveals that family spending power fell by £2 a week year-on-year in August 2013, as the cost of living continues to outpace household income.

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Posted in Press Centre on 23 September 2013
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  • New national price cap means any drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 223 forecourts will pay no more than – 131.7 ppl on unleaded and 137.7 ppl on diesel.
  • Unleaded cut by 2ppl and Diesel by 1ppl following cuts on Friday 13th Sept.
  • Asda voted as “UK’s Favourite Petrol Retailer” in survey by Marketforce
  • The average UK household could save more than £45 a year filling up at Asda
  • Households in Northern Ireland continue to have the greatest potential savings by shopping at Asda, of over £55 prices a year.

From tomorrow morning (Tuesday, 24th September) newly crowned “Britain’s Favourite Petrol Retailer” Asda, will be cutting the cost of fuel. Drivers across the UK will pay no more than 131.7ppl on unleaded and 137.7 ppl on diesel in a new round of market leading price cuts.

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Posted in Press Centre on 23 September 2013
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  • Shoppers waste up to £12 billion a year by throwing away food and drink
  • A third of Britons admit to throwing away leftovers rather than re-using them
  • Average family throws away up to £680 worth of food a year
  • A fifth of Brits give leftovers to the family pet

CASH-STRAPPED Britons are wasting nearly £12 billion a year by throwing out food which could be used in other meals.

The new research on leftovers, commissioned by Asda to mark the launch of the new Simply Roast in the Bag range of Butcher’s Selection chicken, has found that despite more than two thirds (67%) of Britons having left over food at least once a week, nearly a third (30%) admit to throwing these leftovers away rather than re-using them, wasting billions of pounds in the process.

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Posted in Press Centre on 26 September 2013
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  • National price cap means any drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 223 forecourts will pay no more than – 128.7 ppl on unleaded and 135.7 ppl on diesel.
  • Third round of fuel cuts by Asda in as many weeks – Unleaded cut by another 3ppl and Diesel by 2ppl following cuts on Friday 27th September.

From tomorrow morning (Friday 27thth September) Asda, will be cutting the cost of fuel for the third time in as many weeks. Drivers across the UK will pay no more than 128.7ppl on unleaded and 135.7 ppl on diesel in another new round of market leading price cuts. Fuel at Asda is now the lowest price it has been this year.

Whilst Asda remains the only supermarket to have a national price cap when it cuts the price of fuel, ensuring drivers know what they will pay at the pump regardless of where they live, other fuel retailers are getting away with charging some drivers up to 6 pence per litre difference across their sites.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Petrol Trading Director said: “Families across Britain are crying out for help when it comes to managing their budgets and we know every fuel reduction makes a real difference. Our prices are the lowest they have been all year and our national price cap on fuel benefits everyone across the country, meaning that no-one filling up at Asda is forced to pay a premium for their fuel because of where they live.

“The recent OFT report highlights what our customers have known for some time; when Asda comes to town petrol prices tumble. It was no surprise to our customers that we were voted the UK’s Favourite Petrol Retailer last week.”

Last week, Asda was voted the UK’s Favourite Petrol Retailer by a new independent study by Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in customer intelligence solutions.

The survey targeted over 1500 consumers nationwide in an effort to understand the choices made in purchasing petrol, especially owing to fluctuations in prices and the economic challenges the nation currently faces.

Savvy motorists can also check how much they will save on fuel by using Asda’s petrol price comparison site powered by independent price checker which enables drivers across the UK to find the lowest priced fuel before they fill up.

Posted in Press Centre on 26 September 2013