Sainsbury and Asda merger.

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    wrexview
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    Looks more like a Sainsburys take over. Wonder how the new relationship will affect prices and if there will be any store closures.

    #148327
    dagg
    dagg
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    They have said they could be store closures if stores are close to each other.

    #148329

    Matt
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    Very much doubt it will have much affect in Wrexham. Both located on opposite ends of town centre, serving very different demographics of customers.

    The more telling factor is how much Aldi/Lidl have impacted on the traditional supermarket model, effectively forcing a strategic merger that would have been unthinkable over the past few decades.

    #148339

    BenjaminM
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    The CEO of Sainsbury’s on TV this morning gave a categoric assurance that if the merger was to go ahead, that there would be no store closures or job losses as a result.
    He went on to say that prices of staple products are likely to reduce in price because of the joint ability to negotiate more favourable terms with major suppliers.
    It is purely semantic as the merger is unlikely to receive approval from the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, according to knowledgeable commentators.

    #148355

    wrexview
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    They gave approval for Tesco and Bookers to merge and Tesco has a bigger market share than Sainsburys and Asda combined. It just seems an odd fit, will Sainsbury move their prices down or Asda up ?

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    Nen
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    They gave approval for Tesco and Bookers to merge and Tesco has a bigger market share than Sainsburys and Asda combined. It just seems an odd fit, will Sainsbury move their prices down or Asda up ?

    I think if you look at like-for-like items the prices will be very similar to each other* and it is these “everyday value” items that they will be looking to use their increased bargaining power to reduce. Although, after this initial benefit it’s quite likely that longer term, the reduced competition will actually increase prices for consumers. Hopefully this will be the catalyst for Amazon to break into the UK grocery market in a big way which will be a disruptor in the market to drive prices down.

    * Sainsbury’s seems more expensive because the have more tempting luxury items at higher prices which increases the price of your shop.

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