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Jan 12

Shares dive as Tesco sales slump

Tesco has recorded a disastrous Christmas after announcing in early November a £30,000 donation to next year’s divisive, depraved London ‘Gay Pride’.

Sales in the UK were down 2.3 per cent on last year at Tesco’s busiest time of the year.  The figures stunned investors and Tesco shares slumped 53.5p, or almost 14 per cent, to 331.6p, wiping more than £3 billion off its value.  (Those in the know did OK.  Tesco’s Chief Operating Officer was able to offload 50,000 of his Tesco shares a week before the announcement avoiding a £35,000 loss if he had waited.  Tesco say he holds 20 times that number of shares, but every little helps.)

By contrast, Sainsbury overtook Asda with like-for-like sales in the Christmas period up 2.1%.   Morrisons were up 0.7%.  Tesco was the only one of the ‘big four’ to see sales and profits drop.

The news follows a Christian Voice campaign of prayer, backed up by emails to directors complaining at the ‘Gay Pride’ decision and leafleting at Tesco stores.  Just before Christmas a panic-stricken Tesco announced that the 2012 ‘Gay Pride’ donation would be its last.  Hours later, in the face of a homosexual backlash, it had to clarify that gays and lesbians were really important and promise that it would support its homosexual contact group ‘Out at Tesco’ in other ways in 2013, which only made matters worse.

Stung by revelations that it dumped Cancer Research Race for Life days before its Gay Pride announcement, Tesco has now made Cancer Research its 2012 ‘Charity of the Year’, although it seems to expect its staff, customers and suppliers to do all the work.

Analysts are blaming Tesco’s ‘Big Price Drop’ idea for the store’s failure, which has led to them issuing a profit’s warning.   Natalie Berg, of consultant Planet Retail, said: “Tesco has taken its eye off the ball.  It has focused too much just on the price of food.  We now all expect high-quality food and everyone is claiming to be the cheapest – consumers are much more wary.”

However, it could fairly be said that Tesco took its eye off the ball even more when it bowed to pressure from its homosexual staff and associated itself with the ‘Gay Pride’ brand, with all its anti-Christian aggression, indecency, immorality and separatism.

Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today:

‘Tesco’s announcement that it was giving £30,000 to Gay Pride came in early November and Christian Voice quickly mobilised prayer and action.  The action included emails to directors and leafleting at stores, making ordinary shoppers aware of the store’s support for depravity.  We were already disappointed with Tesco’s secret sale of fresh halal lamb and chicken, and their arrogant refusal to label it ‘ritually slaughtered’.  But the ‘Gay Pride’ decision was even more serious.

‘Our prayer – which we said ‘will humble proud Tesco’ – centred on a desire that the Tesco board would rescind the decision, which has not happened yet.  Indeed their announcement on 23rd December made matters worse.

‘However, bad, confused, initiatives have beset the Tesco boardroom.  Tesco’s ‘Big Price Drop’, launched in September, was destined to fail.  I believe God was anticipating our prayers, knowing from the action we were to take that our prayers would be serious, and that the Almighty was behind that disastrous decision.

‘On top of that, Tesco’s ‘Gay Pride’ announcement, made six weeks before Christmas, could not have come at a worse time for them.  It was madness to think that such brazen support for the tiny 1% of the population who are homosexual could have a positive effect.  As a result, thousands of Christians and other decent people boycotted the store at what should have been its busiest time of the year.

‘I now call on Tesco to repent of their arrogance before matters get worse and people lose their jobs.  Withdraw the grant to Gay Pride.  Apologise to the decent families upon whose patronage their business depends.  Deal better with your suppliers.  And label halal ritually-slaughtered meat so people can see what they are buying.’

Exod 10:7  And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

1 Pray that God will send repentance into the Tesco boardroom, and that they will reverse their grant to gay pride.

2 Boycott Tesco and encourage others to do the same (see (3) below.

3 Mount a witness with banners and/or give leaflets out to shoppers outside Tesco’s high street stores ‘Tesco Direct’ (they can throw you out of their car park, but you have every right to witness on the street).  Contact us for leaflets.  The text of the LEAFLET is HERE

4 Email/write to the Tesco Group Chief Executive, Philip Clark,  [email protected] and their Marketing Director, Richard Brasher:  [email protected].  You can also write to their new Chairman, Sir Richard Broadbent, at New Tesco House, Delamare Rd, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9SL.  His email seems to be: [email protected]   (HERE is what one ex-Tesco-customer wrote.)

5 Sign our petition ‘Boycott Tesco’ and by so doing, record your decision to shop elsewhere.

6 There are a couple of other really effective things to do as well, but we shall let Christian Voice members exclusively know about them at the proper time through our newsletter which never goes up on the web!  For that – and/or to support us in this spiritual battle – you will need to Join Christian Voice:

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  1. Wendy Greig

    What an answer to prayer!

  2. ELIZABETH ERDIS

    i agree wholeheartedly with the writer of this email to tesco, good for them for taking a stand……AMEN i will be boycotting tesco myself.

  3. Joan Gladders

    four to five years ago Tesco bought a retail site and business in my home town. They paid over the odds for the the site and sold the business at a loss.
    One of the buildings on the site remains empty and unused. Much needed businesses in the toen are needed for which this site would be good.
    I believe this shows Tesco’s business ethics leave much to be desired.

  4. Rowan

    Ahh yes blame normal people for the issue. Yes gay people are normal. Analysts are likely right as to why the store failed. I would be more likely to go to a store who support homosexuals than I am one who doesn’t. Am I gay? no I’m happily married to a rather beautiful woman who I cherish.
    Homosexual people are not sinful nor evil or wrong in any way. People like you are wrong and evil. I seriously hope you see the truth at some point for if god does exist he will be telling you that you are utterly evil for being so damn nasty to your fellow man and woman with how you act.

    1. Stephen

      I love it when atheists attempt to step into the mind of a God whose very existence they deny: ‘if god does exist he will be telling you…’ Priceless. And as for ‘gay people are normal’. They really do take your brains out when you become an atheist, don’t they?

  5. Curtis

    A few years ago I slipped on an icy pavement, fell awkwardly and broke an arm.
    Was god punishing me.for something, or was it just my luck?
    Who is to say?
    Christian Voice launches a prayer campaign against Tescos and Tescos runs into trouble.
    Is this trouble an answer to prayer, or is it just the result of business mistakes by the chief honchos of Tescos, which they would have made even if Christian Voice had kept its mouth shut?.
    Who is to say?
    As there is no telling what might happen in some hypothetical situation, we do not know and cannot know how Tescos might be faring now if Christian voice had kept its mouth shut about Tescos.
    So you do not know and cannot know that there is any link between your prayers and Tesco’s difficulties.

    1. Stephen

      Who is to say indeed. But we have enough experience of prayer to spot occasions when we just have to say, ‘Lord, how did you do that?’
      Talking of business mistakes by Tesco bosses, sponsoring the London Gay Pride has to go down as one of the more stupid. And announcing it just before Christmas merely compounded the error.

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