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BHF partnership to give 18 million customers best chance of survival if cardiac arrest strikes

The chance of surviving a cardiac arrest could rise in more than 600 UK communities thanks to a ground breaking partnership between the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Asda.

The partnership will see Asda become the UK’s first large retailer to commit to having CPR trained staff and a public access defibrillator in every store. The rollout starts today in London and will be completed by the end of the year. A public access defibrillator can be used by any member of the public to deliver an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest.

Ambulance services aim to respond to life-threatening 999 calls within eight minutes. But with your chance of survival falling by 10 per cent for every minute without CPR and defibrillation, immediate action is needed to save a life. The move will cut the amount of time shoppers, colleagues and people in surrounding communities have to wait for these life-saving interventions if a cardiac arrest strikes in or around an Asda store.

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Posted in Press Centre on 05 March 2014
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Asda today unveiled its fourth quarter and full year financial results for 2013.

In Q4 Asda posted a fall in comparable sales of (0.1%); full year comparable sales were up 0.5%.

Speaking at an event in London this morning, Andy Clarke, President and CEO of Asda said: “It will come as no surprise that 2013 was a tough year for UK retailers and there’s little doubt that the UK retail market is undergoing significant and permanent structural change. Though the economy is showing signs of recovery, it is still susceptible to shocks and the benefit is not yet being felt right across the country. Yet, despite these continued challenging conditions, I am proud that Asda continued to drive volume growth and deliver great price, quality and service for our customers.”

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Posted in Press Centre on 20 February 2014
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  • The average UK household had £160 a week of discretionary income in January 2014, up £3 a week year-on-year
  • Boosting family spending power in January was the fall in the rate of essential item inflation to 1.9% – the first time inflation has dropped below 2% in over 4 years
  • Other factors boosting discretionary income were falling petrol and diesel costs – down 1.8% year on year – and persistently low food price inflation (2%)
  • Although utility bills continue to put pressure on household finances, the rate at which these bills went up in January slowed on previous months as the effects of new government measures, introduced in the Autumn Statement took hold
  • The latest data also shows the first signs of a pick-up in pay growth (at 1% year on year), although a small rise in the rate of unemployment to 7.2% in the final three months of 2013, suggests the need for continued caution when it comes to the economic outlook for the year ahead

The latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that family spending power increased by £3 a week year-on-year in January. The rise was driven by a fall in the rate of essential item inflation to 1.9%, the lowest rate in four years and below the government target of 2%.

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Posted in Press Centre on 20 February 2014
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  • Asda Foundation to donate £400,000 to local communities affected by floods
  • Parent company Walmart contributes $250,000 from the Walmart Foundation as part of the total fund
  • Local Asda stores to hold in-store fundraising collections

Today (Tuesday 11th February) The Asda Foundation is committing to lending its support to local communities affected by the floods with donations of up to £400,000.

Parent company Walmart have also contributed to the total fund with a donation of $250,000 from the Walmart Foundation to help people across the UK where flash flooding has forced thousands of people from their homes.

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Posted in Press Centre on 11 February 2014
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  • The average UK household had £158 a week of discretionary income in December 2013, up £2 a week year-on-year, but below the £165 all-time high seen in January 2010
  • This is the third consecutive month of slow but steady annual growth, suggesting a return to more stable conditions for household finances
  • Falling unemployment and slowing inflation rate – driven predominantly by downward pressure in food prices – helped boost family finances in December
  • The year-on-year increase in the Income Tracker was felt in all but two regions across the UK
  • But stagnating wage growth continues to hold back further improvements

The latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that family spending power increased by £2 a week year-on-year in December driven by a sharp downward trend in inflation and a fall in unemployment to 7.1 per cent, the lowest rate in four and a half years.

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Posted in Press Centre on 24 January 2014