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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.

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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
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