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ASDA has given motorists yet more cheer with its 10th consecutive cut in petrol prices.

Today’s latest cut – to 90.9p per litre – is the lowest petrol prices have been since April 2007. Diesel has also dropped to 105.9p per litre.

ASDA’s new prices, the lowest in the UK, are effective across all of its 172 forecourts from this morning (19 November).

But, while ASDA continues to do what is right for consumers, other petrol retailers are facing mounting pressure to cut their own higher prices. Media reports quote pump prices averaging 95.16p for petrol at the weekend.

Posted in Press Centre on 19 November 2008
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Cash-strapped shoppers are being given a reason to celebrate – ASDA has today halved the price of an award-winning Champagne.

A bottle of Francois de Rozay Brut – which was commended in this year’s Decanter awards and is exclusive to ASDA – is being cut from £19.98 to just £10 at all stores.

Meanwhile, for those on a festive budget, ASDA is offering the lowest price in the UK on a sparkling rosé declared one of the best in the world. Griffith Park Sparkling Rosé, at only £5 a bottle, has just received a gold award for the second year running in the Oscars of the sparkling wine world – the prestigious Effervescents du Monde competition.

The price commitments come as shoppers continue to stock up on Champagne and sparkling wine from ASDA despite the credit crunch. Sales across the two are up 20 per cent year on year at the supermarket, with ASDA expecting sales to remain strong over Christmas.

Posted in Press Centre on 21 November 2008
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On the day the Bank of England cut interest rates by a massive 1.5 per cent, ASDA announced it would be doing its bit to help Britain’s hard-pressed consumers by dropping the price of unleaded petrol yet again by a further two pence per litre.

This is the ninth time the supermarket has cut the price of petrol since July.

The supermarket’s new national price of 92.9p a litre is the lowest in the UK and will be available at all 172 of ASDA’s forecourts from tomorrow morning (Friday 7th November).

Posted in Press Centre on 06 November 2008
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ASDA is preparing for Christmas by investing £16 million in a festive ‘thank you’ package for every one of its 165,000 colleagues working in its stores and distribution centres across the UK.

As ASDA gears up for the busiest trading period of the year, it is investing in giving every colleague, including the supermarket’s Seasonal Squad workers – a 11,000-strong group of permanent temps who work for the retailer for ten weeks each year during the holiday seasons – a £20 Christmas gift card to spend in its stores, £5 towards a Christmas party and a free festive meal.

Posted in Press Centre on 10 November 2008
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ASDA welcomes Ministerial acceptance of the FSA’s proposal for a voluntary ban on six food colourings linked to an increased risk of hyperactivity in children.

The supermarket is renewing its call for other manufacturers and retailers to follow its lead by committing to the removal of all artificial colours, flavours and flavour enhancers.

Earlier this year, ASDA became the first UK supermarket to remove artificial colours and flavours and flavour enhancers (such as monosodium glutamate) from its 9,000 own label food and soft drink products following a £30 million investment. Other UK supermarkets and big brands still have a substantial way to go.

Posted in Press Centre on 14 November 2008
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ASDA today announced it had delivered its tenth successive quarter of outperforming the market with comp sales (like-for-like), excluding petrol, increasing 6.9% (up from 6% in Q2 and 5% in Q1).

Sales growth continued to be driven by a combination of increased customer numbers (in particular AB shoppers) and higher basket spend.

Despite the tough trading environment ASDA grew total sales in the ‘high single digits’ excluding petrol for the period up to 30th September. Figures published this week by TNS show ASDA is growing twice as fast as the UK market.

Posted in Press Centre on 13 November 2008
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“We welcome today’s interest rate cut, it should go someway towards restoring consumer confidence this side of Christmas.

“With disposable incomes continuing to fall it is essential that banks and building societies pass on this saving to their customers. Everyone has to play their part and financial institutions are not exempt.”

“We are helping drivers make ends meet by cutting the cost of petrol, we are also lowering prices in our stores now that food inflation has peaked.”

Posted in Press Centre on 06 November 2008
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A report commissioned by ASDA Supermarket:

The following are the key findings of the report.

· The overall predicted spend by Britons in the run up to Christmas is £10.6bn

· We expect households to spend £300million less compared to last year amidst a historic low in consumer confidence and declining spending power. This means that on average each household will spend £399 on Christmas, down from £413 in 2007.

· Despite the overall cut in Christmas spending, households will spend more for food this year on average £105 compared to £97 over Christmas 2007 Consequently, that means households will reduce their spending on big ticket non-food items such as household electronics etc.

Posted in Press Centre on 10 November 2008
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On Wednesday (November 5, 2008), the £12 little black dress will be going on sale in George at ASDA and according to research by the supermarket, as the average consumer will have no more than £50 to spend on eveningwear this winter, making sure affordable clothing is accessible to everyone couldn’t be more important to the British public this Christmas.

With many fashion retailers concerned about how tough trading will be over the coming Christmas season, George is confident that the £12 dress will be flying off the shelves this week as it’s been seen all over the catwalks and is perfect for the party season. Women can wear it time and time again on any occasion.

Posted in Press Centre on 04 November 2008