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Tesco to close three supermarkets in Wales

Tesco says it's to close three supermarkets in Wales at Wrexham, Caerphilly and Tredegar. It says around 135 jobs will be lost.

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A spokesperson told ITV Cymru Wales that 65 jobs would go at the Dodds Lane store in Wrexham and the other 70 in the two Valleys stores.

Earlier this month Tesco announced 43 stores around the UK were facing closure due to not being profitable. The retailer's sales have fallen. Head office jobs will also see cuts as Tesco cuts overheads by 30%.

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that, Wrexham Dodds Lane Superstore, Caerphilly Metro and Tredegar Express are amongst the 43 we plan to close. The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard working colleagues, our customers and the local community.

– Dave Lewis, Tesco CEO

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British Gas: 'Cutting energy bills by £37' a year

British Gas is to reduce household gas prices by 5%, cutting annual energy bills on average by £37.

Petrol prices are down and now gas follows Credit: PA

British Gas said most of the gas being used in customers' homes today was bought at higher prices over 2013/14 but wholesale costs for 2015 were now coming down to a level where the reduction could be passed on.

The British Gas announcement comes a week after Big Six rival E.ON became the first to react to falling wholesale gas prices by announcing an immediate 3.5% cut in gas tariffs on January 13.

Photos: Shoppers queue from 1am for Boxing Day sales

The Boxing Day sales began early in Cardiff, with shoppers queuing outside clothing store Next from 1am, and then scrambling to get inside when the doors opened at 6am.

Shoppers scrambled to get inside Next, desperate to find bargains. Credit: Matthew Horwood
Shoppers were queuing outside the Next store on Queen Street from 1am. Credit: Matthew Horwood

The capital's St David's shopping centre says it is expecting 200,000 people to spend over £2m in its 180 store on Boxing Day.

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Tesco: Stores now 'trading normally' after Black Friday rush

Tesco have said their stores are now "trading normally" after a Black Friday rush that saw police called to help control crowds of bargain-hungry shoppers.

The supermarket said in a statement: "Over 600 Tesco stores have Black Friday offers available in store."

"In the interest of customer safety a small number of these stores contacted police last night to help control crowds safely and stores are now trading normally."

Police were called to this Tesco store in north London. Credit: ITV News

A source at the company said they had taken on board complaints from police about improving in-store security.

"We will work with them following this event to make any improvements for next year," the source said.

Police called to 'disorder' at Tesco in Newport

Police were called to a Tesco Extra store in Newport at just after midnight to deal with 'disorder' among Black Friday bargain-hunters.

The 'disorder' happened at Tesco Extra at Newport Retail Park, Spytty. Credit: Google Street View

Gwent Police says the situation, at the Newport Retail Park store, was calmed down by officers and Tesco staff. No offences were recorded.

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