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Sainsbury's announce plans to cut 800 jobs

Sainsbury's supermarket has said it is planning to cut 800 jobs as part of a restructuring of its store operations.

Sainsbury's said the proposals would help achieve some of the £500m of cost savings being made over the next three years.

It said the proposals, which would see the loss of department and deputy manager positions, would help achieve some of the £500m of cost savings being made over the next three years that were set out in the company's strategic review last November.

Sainsbury's like-for-like sales up 2.1%

Sainsbury's have published their second quarter trading statement for 2013.

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's like-for-like sales are up 2.1% for the second quarter of the year to 28 September 2013, according to its latest trading statement.

Total sales for second quarter were up 5.0 per cent.

Total sales for the first half up 4.4 per cent (4.0 per cent excluding fuel) and like-for-like sales up 1.5 per cent (1.4 per cent excluding fuel).

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Sainsbury's experience higher than usual demand for fuel

Sainbury's has said that there has been an increased in demand for petrol at their supermarkets.

“We’ve been working hard to minimise the impact of this situation on our customers. At the moment our supply chain and delivery services are performing well thanks to the hard work of our colleagues and petrol suppliers.

"We are experiencing higher than usual demand for petrol and diesel, but currently the vast majority of our petrol filling stations are open and operating well.”

– Cheryl Kuczynski, Press Officer, Sainbury's