Apr 8, 2020

Coronavirus: Tesco tells people to visit stores to get food

Tesco has said that most food will still need to be purchased in-store amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Between 85% and 90% of all food bought will require a visit to a store and here significant changes to the store environment have been implemented to maximise safety for colleagues and customers," the retailer said. The statement came as the chain reported a sharp fall in pre-tax profit for the year to the end of February, down almost 19% to £1.3bn. The chain also said it was impossible to forecast sales for 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tesco said the virus could add almost £1bn in extra costs due to extra staff and store expenses. It said it had already experienced a "Significant absence" of staff amid the virus and had recruited more than 45,000 new staff over the past two weeks to cope with the heightened demand.

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