General Discussion Thread on Tesco's

Thursday, Nov 05 2009 by

Tesco has been the doyen of the supermarket sector in the UK for the last decade. Other groups have struggled - Sainsbury, for instance, lost market share, while Morrisons had a couple of terrible years after the over-ambitious acquisition of Safeway - but Tesco seems invincible.

Or at least, it did seem invincible. But this year, for the first time, it's seen sales growth falling below the other supermarkets - and has started losing market share. At the same time, other supermarkets seem to have become stronger - Sainsbury has begun to turn itself around, Asda has been a strong competitor under Wal-Mart's ownership, and Waitrose - which you might have thought would be a recession victim with its upper middle class customer base and quality, rather than price, promise - has seen some truly stunning performance after it introduced its own budget range....

Is Tesco's still the king of UK supermarket retailing? 

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Tesco PLC is a retail company. The Company is engaged in the business of retailing and retail banking. The Company operates in four segments: UK, Asia, Europe and Tesco Bank. It has retailing and associated activities (retail) operations across the United Kingdom, Asia and Europe. It is engaged in the retail banking and insurance services through Tesco Bank in the United Kingdom (Bank). The Bank offers a range of personal banking products, which include mortgages, credit cards, personal loans and savings. The Company operates approximately 7,817 shops around the world. Its subsidiaries include Tesco Stores Limited, One Stop Stores Limited, Tesco Ireland Limited, Tesco-Global Stores Privately Held Co. Limited, Tesco Polska Sp. z o.o., Tesco Stores CR a.s., Tesco Stores SR a.s., Homeplus Co. Limited and Homeplus Tesco Co. Limited, among others. more »

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J Sainsbury plc is a United Kingdom-based company, engaged in supermarkets and convenience stores, and an online grocery and general merchandise operation. The Company also has two property joint ventures with Land Securities Group Plc and The British Land Company Plc. Sainsbury’s Bank provides a range of banking and insurance products. As of March 2013, J Sainsbury plc consists of a chain of 592 supermarkets and 611 convenience stores. It provides a selection of movies, music, books, games and other entertainment products through Sainsbury's Entertainment. more »

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Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC is a United Kingdom-based supermarket group. The Company is a fresh food manufacturer in the United Kingdom. The Company owns, operates and controls its fresh food supply chain. The Company's Market Street stores include butchers, fishmongers, bakery, cake shops, greengrocers, delis, oven fresh products, Fresh to Go products, flower shops and cafes. The Company also offers clothing for children, baby and adults. The Company offers lifestyle products, such as Let's Grow products, entertainment products, such as games, films and television shows, the Morrisons magazine, dry cleaning services, petrol filling stations, pharmacies, facilities for shoppers with disabilities, photo printing services and recycling services. The Company markets its products under the Morrisons brand. The Company operates around seven regional distribution centers and one national center servicing its supermarkets, and three convenience distribution centers. more »

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