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Proud, cash-strapped Brits fib their way through eye tests

  • More than a quarter of Brits haven’t had an eye test in the last three years
  • A fifth have hardly ever been to the opticians
  • A quarter of parents have never taken their children for an eye test
  • Same number would only take their child if they complained about eye sight

It’s not just dentists that Brits dodge, as a fifth admit they have hardly ever been to the opticians in their lifetime, with a quarter of parents having never taken their children for an eye test, according to a survey out today.

The survey of 1,000 men and women commissioned by supermarket, Asda – to support National Eye Health Awareness Week (22nd -28th September) – revealed the nation’s short-sighted attitudes towards eye health and a lack of awareness of the health conditions an eye test can spot.

According to the poll, the majority of British adults aren’t going for routine eye tests biennially, as recommended, and a quarter of parents are relying on schools to monitor their children’s eye health.

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Posted in Press Centre on 22 September 2014
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  • Asda, the UK’s second largest retailer has today announced plans to grow its online business by expanding its Home Shopping and Click and Collect operation over the next four years
  • Plans include the acquisition of a fully automated ‘click and collect’ pod technology concept – a UK first that will see customer orders delivered to a temperature controlled unit ready for collection at their convenience
  • Asda will also refine its online offer for customers to two core sites – and – creating a lifestyle site in and offering a more streamlined shopping experience to customers

Asda, the UK’s second largest retailer has today unveiled the latest development in its mission to be the UK’s most convenient online retailer with plans to expand its Home Shopping and Click and Collect operation.

As part of the delivery of its five year strategy, the ambitious move will see the development of three new Asda Home Shopping Centres, an expansion of Click and Collect operations and the merger of Asda’s three shopping websites into two.

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Posted in Press Centre on 08 September 2014
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  • Britain’s second largest retailer has announced LfL* sales growth of 0.5% for the 10 weeks to 30th June 2014 – continuing to deliver on its strategy to redefine value retailing.
  • Clear and consistent EDLP pricing strategy driving performance – maintaining strong price gaps to rest of the Big 4
  • Grocery Home Shopping continues to grow with market share now 18.4%
  • Click & Collect continues to drive e-commerce growth with more than 20,000 customers per week
  • George is now the second largest clothing retailer by volume in the UK

On the day that Walmart releases its earnings for the second quarter of 2014 Asda has announced that in the ten weeks to 30th June the UK’s second largest retailer increased sales on a LfL basis at 0.5% (excluding petrol)*. In continuing challenging trading conditions, the retailer increased its market share year on year by 14bps.

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Posted in Press Centre on 14 August 2014
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  • New national price cap means any drivers filling up at any of Asda’s 234 forecourts will pay no more than – 126.7 ppl on unleaded and 129.7 ppl on diesel.
  • Unleaded and Diesel prices come down by up to 2 pence per litre
  • First time since January 2011 that diesel prices have fallen below the 130p mark

From tomorrow morning (Tuesday 29th July) Asda, will cut the cost of fuel across all 234 UK forecourts by up to 2 pence per litre on Diesel and Unleaded, a welcomed relief for drivers and families heading off for the summer holidays.

A new national price cap means no driver across the UK will pay more than 126.7ppl on unleaded and 129.7 ppl on diesel at any Asda forecourt in a new round of market leading price cuts.
The announced price cuts by up to 2 pence per litre means customers can now benefit from a three year low on Diesel prices, with prices falling below the 130p mark since January 2011.

A strengthening pound against the dollar has been the key driver behind the cuts, with Asda reacting quickly by immediately passing the savings on to their customers.

Asda aims to offer the lowest priced fuel week in week out without any confusing promotions, leaving the tricks, gimmicks and lock-ins to others.

Andy Peake, Asda’s Petrol Director said: “We’re giving our customers and holiday makers the opportunity to fill up their cars with some of the cheapest fuel prices in the market for years, putting much needed cash back in their pockets as the summer holidays begin. A full tank of fuel now costs £5 less than last summer and 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.”

Posted in Press Centre on 28 July 2014
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  • The average UK household had £171 a week of discretionary income in June 2014, up £1 a week on June 2013
  • Discretionary incomes rose year on year for the ninth consecutive month, but at a slower rate than previous months
  • Mixed picture across the regions as the East and West Midlands bucked the trend with discretionary incomes rising by £6 and £7 respectively while incomes in the South West fell by £1

The latest Asda Income Tracker shows that family spending power increased year on year in June for the ninth month in a row as discretionary incomes – the income left once taxes and the spend on essentials like rent, utilities and bills have been deducted – in June 2014, were up £1 a week on the same month a year before.

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Posted in Press Centre on 18 July 2014