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  • Asda colleagues to receive £17 million ‘Festive Thank You’
  • ‘Festive Thank You’ tops off a year of reward-related investment for Asda colleagues totalling over £100 million
  • ‘Thank You’ package includes an Asda gift card, a free festive meal and a 20% discount across a range of products, including, for the first time, personal electricals and Asda Extra Special food

Asda is delivering an early Christmas present to thousands of colleagues with the news that they will share a £17 million ‘Festive Thank You’ in recognition of their efforts this year.

This year’s ‘Festive Thank You’ package – which includes an Asda gift card, a complimentary festive meal and a contribution towards a Christmas party – will be available to each of Asda’s 180,000 colleagues.

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Posted in Press Centre on 14 November 2013
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Asda and Barclays today (8th November 2013) announced a trial to make everyday banking services more flexible and accessible, with bank branches open seven days a week inside Asda stores from 2014.

These innovative new-style branches, will provide a new banking experience, open seven days a week, with services available at the same time the Asda store is open. Four pilot bank branches will open from February 2014, and will offer customers the flexibility of longer opening hours, and more convenient parking for customers to visit their bank.

Steve Cooper, Head of Barclays Retail and Business Bank said: “We’ve spoken to our customers who use our everyday and business banking services in our branches and they’ve told us their time is precious so would benefit from being able to multi-task, park easily and visit branches with longer opening hours. This partnership with Asda means they can do their food shop and bank at the same time, with the opportunity for a new flexible banking experience in a way that’s most convenient for our customers.”

Posted in Press Centre on 08 November 2013
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Discretionary income down £2 a week year-on-year says Asda Income Tracker.

  • The average UK household had £157 a week of discretionary income in September 2013, down £2 a week from the same month last year and £8 a week from its peak in February 2010
  • Weak wage growth was again a key factor, up just 0.8% over the past year – the smallest year-on-year rise on record
  • The rising cost of energy continues to put pressure on household budgets, with the price of electricity and gas up 8.1% and 8.3% respectively
  • Good news for home owners as the cost of inflation on mortgage interest payments fell for the sixth consecutive month to 2.3% year-on-year – the lowest rate since July 2012
  • Across the UK, spending power fell back in every region except for the East of England (1.2%) and Scotland (0.6%), with the West Midlands (-3.5%) and Northern Ireland (-3.5%) hardest hit

The latest Asda Income Tracker has revealed that family spending power fell by £2 a week year-on-year in September 2013 – driven by the weakest wage growth on record in the UK.

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Posted in Press Centre on 18 October 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
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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