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Tesco shareholders have every reason to feel glum. For much of the last three years the supermarket has looked in steady decline.

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Tax on supermarkets 'would hit the poor hardest'

An extra tax on big supermarkets would hit the poorest families hardest, the Government has said.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected calls from 20 local authorities for a new levy on supermarkets to help revitalise local shopping areas.

The Government said an extra tax on supermarkets would hurt poor households.
The Government said an extra tax on supermarkets would hurt the poor. Credit: Sean Aidan/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"Imposing new, additional taxes on supermarkets will push up the price of food and the cost of living, hitting low-income families the hardest," a DCLG spokesman said.

He said there were "much better ways to support small shops".

Read: Councils call for levy on big supermarkets

Councils call for levy on big supermarkets

A coalition of 20 councils is calling for a new levy on big supermarkets to pay for improvements in local shopping areas.

The local authorities say the tax could raise money to help revitalise town centres.

Councils claim big supermarkets are squeezing the life out of local areas.
Councils claim big supermarkets are squeezing the life out of local areas. Credit: PA Images

The leader of Derby City Council, which is leading the group, said that life was being "sucked out of the city centre" by big out-of-town stores.

Ranjit Banwait told Radio 4's Today programme the move was a response to "the worst cuts in history" to council funding.

A similar levy is in place in Northern Ireland, while in Scotland health services for smoking and drinking-related disease are partly funded by sellers of tobacco and alcohol.

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Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke to step down

Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke is to step down in October, it was announced today.

Tesco's Chief Executive Philip Clarke.
Tesco's Chief Executive Philip Clarke. Credit: PA

Tesco announced that Dave Lewis is to join the Tesco board from October 1st as chief executive officer in succession to Philip Clarke.

Mr Lewis will receive a basic salary of £1.25 million along with standard benefits.

He will receive a sum of £525,000 in lieu of his current cash bonus from Unilever, where he worked in a variety of roles for almost 28 years.

Tesco scraps 'anti-homeless spikes' ahead of protest

Tesco is to remove an area of spikes from outside one of its stores after activists claimed they were "anti-homeless".
Tesco is to remove an area of spikes from outside one of its stores after activists claimed they were "anti-homeless". Credit: PA

Tesco is to remove an area of spikes from outside its store on Regent Street, central London, after activists claimed they were "anti-homeless".

The supermarket said the "studs" on a ledge outside the Metro convenience store were installed to deter anti-social behaviour like smoking and drinking, which intimidated their customers.

But with a protest, organised by Left Unity, set to take place outside the store tonight, Tesco said it would remove them to address concerns of those who "interpreted them as an anti-homeless measure".

"We don't want to live in a society where public space is covered in spikes. Homeless people are not pigeons," Left Unity spokeswoman Bianca Todd said.

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Tesco sales 'may get worse before getting better'

Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke today unveiled a third successive quarter of worsening sales decline and indicated there was little immediate prospect of an end to the gloom.

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills is following developments:

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Tesco still looks in stead decline - like for like sales fall again. Down 4% as it continues to lose customers to its rivals.

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Tesco says it is "sharpening" prices, it is not cutting them aggressively. Seeks to be competitive, not the cheapest.

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May get worse at Tesco before it gets better. Turnaround to "continue to impact our headline performance throughout the coming quarters".

Pressure intensifies on Tesco chief after drop in sales

The pressure on Tesco chief executive Philip Clarke has intensified following another big drop in like-for-like sales. Here is a timeline of the company's performance since he took the helm in 2011.

  • February 2011: Sir Terry Leahy steps down as chief executive after 14 years in charge, overseeing a leap in pre-tax profits to £3.4 billion in 2010.
  • January 2012: Tesco shocks the market with its first profit warning in almost 20 years after poor Christmas trading, plunging more than £4 billion.
  • April 2012: The chain unveils a £1 billion UK revival plan, following complaints that 2,800 of its stores are cold.
  • April 2013: Tesco reports its first fall in annual profits in 19 years, with post-tax profit tumbling almost 96% to £120 million from 2012.
  • February 2014: The supermarket promises to spend an additional £200 million on lower prices for basic products.
  • April 2014: Profits fall 6.9% to £3.05 billion.
  • June 2014: The chain reports a 3.7% fall in like-for-like sales for the first quarter of its financial year.

Read: Tesco pre-tax profits fall 6.9% to £3.05bn

Tesco results reflect 'subdued levels of spending'

Tesco has defended its first quarter results, after it revealed a 3.7 per cent fall in like-for-like sales. Chief executive Philip Clarke said: "As expected, the acceleration of our plans is impacting our near-term sales performance."

Britain's biggest supermarket posts its third successive quarter report of worsening sales Credit: PA

Mr Clarke added: "The first quarter has also seen a continuation of the challenging consumer trends in the UK, reflecting still subdued levels of spending in addition to the more structural changes taking place across the retail industry.

"We are determined to lead in this period of change, building long-term customer loyalty and positioning the business to win in the multichannel era".

Read: Tesco: 3.7% fall in like-for-like sales in first quarter

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