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Tesco store handing out free paper bags to shoppers

One of the Tesco paper bags being handed out at a store in London Credit: Brian Farmer/PA Wire

Staff at a Tesco supermarket Tesco are offering shoppers free paper carrier bags that can be re-cycled.

From early October, supermarket customers in England had to pay a charge of 5p for plastic carrier bags as part of a Government scheme to reduce litter and protect wildlife. A similar scheme was already operating in Wales.

Now staff in at least one London branch of Tesco are offering shoppers buying lunch free brown paper bags.


Tesco profits down 54.6% since last year

Tesco has released its interim results Credit: PA

Tesco profits are down 54.6% since last year, its interim results revealed.

Its group profits slumped to £354m from £799m in the first half of this year.

Profits in the UK and Republic of Ireland were hit harder, slowing by 69%.

Despite the fall in profits, like for like sales have held up, only down by 1.1%.

We have delivered an unprecedented level of change in our business over the last twelve months and it is working. The first half results show sustained improvement across a broad range of key indicators.

In the UK, we continue to improve all aspects of our offer for customers, resulting in volume growth which is allowing us to create a virtuous circle of investment.

– Dave Lewis, Chief Executive


Tesco UK sales decline by 1.3% in first quarter

Tesco said the results were 'another step in the right direction'. Credit: PA

Tesco's like-for-like sales in the UK fell by 1.3% in the three months to May 30, the supermarket giant has announced.

The figures are an improvement on the previous quarter, when sales were down by 1.7%.

In the same quarter last year the UK decline was 4%.

Like-for-like sales for the UK and the Republic of Ireland were down 1.5%, while internationally there was a 1.3% decline.

Chief Executive Dave Lewis said the results were "another step in the right direction".

Analyst: Lewis 'doing the right things to turn Tesco around'

Tesco remains a "very strong business" and is doing the "right things" in working towards a recovery despite today's announcement of massive losses, an independent analyst has told ITV News.

Richard Perks, head of retail research at Mintel, pointed to recent positive signs, such as an increase in like-for-like sales in the final quarter, as a sign that new chief executive Dave Lewis was already turning the supermarket's fortunes around.

"I think they have acted impressively, really, to bring people back into those stores and shopping again," he said.

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