Gift wrapping and loyalty cards

30 November, 2007

are two of the services that independent retailers are offering in the hope of attracting shoppers away from supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas. The big four grocery giants have started a fierce festive price war - with Tesco promising more aggressive discounts than last year. Full story, page 4.

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Richard Hemming MW: beware inverse snobbery

Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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