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New national price cap of 133.7ppl on diesel and 126.7ppl on Unleaded

Asda today (Monday 13th January) announced it would be cutting fuel by up to 2 pence per litre – the lowest price on diesel for three months.

From tomorrow morning (Tuesday 14th January) drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 229 forecourts nationwide will benefit from the retailer’s new national price cap on diesel and unleaded, meaning motorists will pay no more than 133.7 pence per litre for diesel and 126.7 pence per litre on unleaded.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Petrol Trading Director said: “We’ve quickly passed on the latest reductions in costs which is great news for motorists, particularly with household budgets so stretched after Christmas”.

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 8 pence per litre difference across their sites.

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 www.petrolprices.com which enables drivers across the UK to find the lowest priced fuel before they fill up.

Posted in Press Centre on 13 January 2014
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  • 85% of grandmas over the age of 60 are using technology to make their income stretch further
  • Almost half of those over 70 are using technology to save money
  • Nine out of 10 mums turn to the internet to shop around

More and more gadget grandmas than ever are using tech to help their income or pension stretch further.

The latest Asda Mumdex report reveals that 85% of grandmas over the age of 60, and almost half of over 70s, have turned to the internet and apps to save money.

The poll of over 5,500 mums of all ages across the UK also shows that nine in 10 younger mums are using the web to save money.

Hayley Tatum, Asda’s Executive People Director said: “Mums of all ages are now turning to technology when it comes to managing the household budget. It’s refreshing to see that smartphone apps and comparison sites are not exclusive to the younger generation, and in general mums are feeling much more optimistic as they find effective ways to make the pound in their pocket stretch further.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • Two thirds of all mums have used the internet to change service providers to save money on their energy bills, their home insurance policies and to get the best possible interest rates on their savings by switching banks
  • Half of mums, more than 70% of whom now own a smartphone, have recently used money saving apps
  • Three quarters are regularly using online banking to make monitoring household expenses easier
  • 78% of 20 -29 year-old mums have done online shopping via a smartphone recently
  • 41% of mums have cooked from scratch using recipes online
  • Three in 10 non-working mums have used the internet to start an online business or a learn a new skill, such as a foreign language.
Posted in Press Centre on 03 January 2014
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  • Asda offers support to communities across the UK worst hit by storm
  • The retailer is distributing funds to 39 of the country’s local stores to help customers affected by flooding and loss of power

Severe storms have left many areas of the UK damaged and disrupted this Christmas Eve with approximately 27 thousand people without power and thousands more affected by flooding.

However help is at hand from Asda. The retailer has distributed £3,500 in vital funds to each of the 39 stores in the UK’s worst hit areas.

Asda has donated £2,500 with a further £1,000 coming from the Asda Foundation – Asda’s charitable arm. The money will provide food, clothing and much needed supplies to combat the devastating effects of the storm.

Store managers will be speaking to their local councils, emergency services and community leaders to identify those most in need and distribute funds accordingly.

Andy Clarke, Asda CEO commented: "This really is the nightmare before Christmas for many people, however at Asda our colleagues are renowned for going above and beyond for their local communities.

“This Christmas Eve, the least we can do is try to help those worst hit by the adverse weather conditions.”

Paul Kelly, external affairs director and chair, the Asda Foundation also added: “Our stores will be working with councils in the worst affected areas to identify the people most in need as it’s hugely important to the Asda Foundation to be able to give something back to the communities that need it most.”

All stores across the South West and Northern Ireland will receive funding as well as Farnborough in Surrey, Wheatley in Oxfordshire, Lower Earley in Reading, Berkshire, Poole in Dorset and Havant and Waterlooville in Hampshire.

Posted in Press Centre on 24 December 2013
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Discretionary income up £2 a week year-on-year says Asda Income Tracker

  • The average UK household had £160 a week of discretionary income in November 2013 – the highest level since July 2012
  • Essential item inflation now stands at 2.0%, the slowest rate since February 2010, well down from the 3.0% seen just a few months ago
  • Falling unemployment also played its part – down to 7.4%, its lowest level for four and a half years
  • Good news for motorists too, as the cost of fuel fell by 3.6% year on year

The latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that family spending power increased by £2 a week year-on-year in November, just in time for Christmas – driven by a sharp reduction in essential item inflation and the lowest unemployment rate in four and a half years.

According to the latest figures, released today (Monday 23rd December), the average UK family had £160 of discretionary income available to them in November 2013, up £2 a week on the same month last year – the highest level since July 2012 (£161 a week).

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Posted in Press Centre on 23 December 2013
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With Christmas just around the corner, an Asda store in Cornwall has made sure that one important customer has no problem finding a parking spot.

As one of the supermarket’s most southerly stores, Asda Falmouth has reserved a special parking space for Santa Claus, in case he decides to pop in for some last minute shopping whilst on his travels.

Store colleagues wanted to make sure that the man in question had a special space for his sleigh and reindeer, should he wish to make a quick pit-stop on his journey.

Yesterday, Asda’s Christmas helpers were on standby and eagerly anticipating the arrival of Father Christmas.

Steve Lehan, store manager at Asda Falmouth, said: “Christmas Eve is obviously the busiest time of year for Santa, so we thought we would save him precious time by creating his very own ‘sleigh-parking’ space.”

The space is painted with the words “Reserved for Santa” and the ordinary customer parking space near the front of the store has been revamped, complete with sleigh and reindeer.

It also comes with ’Santa’s little helpers’ so that the ‘man in red’ can spot the space immediately on arrival at the store.

“The parking space is at the front of the store for his convenience and even has festive helpers to keep an eye on it to make sure that no-one else parks there,” added Steve.

“It’s created a lot of excitement amongst our younger customers who, like the rest of us, are looking forward to Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve.”

Posted in Press Centre on 17 December 2013