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Supermarket giant to create thousands of UK jobs

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by Kay Murchie

Asda, which is the UK’s second largest supermarket, has today announced it will create 7,500 new jobs in the UK next year through expansion and new store openings.

The supermarket giant said it will recruit 3,500 staff at new stores, 2,400 for its home shopping service and a further 100 in new pharmacies.

In addition, it will hire around 1,500 staff at its Netto stores.

In May, Asda announced it would buy the 193 UK stores from Danish discount retailer Netto, in a deal worth £778 million.

At the time, Asda said the deal will help it expand its smaller store formats, as well as its non-food Asda Living chain.

Asda is owned by US retail giant Wal-Mart - which is set to unveil its quarterly results later today.

The chain has a workforce of 175,000 and operates in almost 400 stores across Britain.

In related news, last month the grocer said it would close its final salary pension scheme – a decision which will affect almost 4,000 employees.

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