News roundup–14th April 2009

News roundup–14th April 2009

The government’s December cut in VAT by 2.5 points–widely
criticised by businesses as requiring too
much effort for too little reward–actually did boost sales,
reports The Independent, citing a study by the
Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Food fight: Waitrose will no longer charge for home
delivery as it tries to steal market share from other
supermarkets’ delivery services, reports the Financial Times. Meanwhile, web grocer
Ocado, which sells and delivers Waitrose products within
the M25, will be cutting prices so that it offers those goods
cheaper than Waitrose itself does in its stores.

Tupperware parties are so 20th century; the 21st-century
equivalent are Jamie at Home parties, where kitchenware
from Jamie Oliver’s Jme Collection is sold. The Times tagged along to one party.

Anne and Rachel Petch of Heal Farm are featured in a
Times article about mothers and daughters
working together.


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