Tesco has abandoned plans to build its second Homeplus non food store in Aberdeen, but is on the lookout for alternative sites.
The first Homeplus was opened in Denton, east Manchester, last month and although the concept is still at a trial stage, chief executive Sir Terry Leahy has plans for more.
Berryden Retail Park in Aberdeen was among three potential sites for further trials, together with Telford and Bristol, but Tesco has had to think again because of structural issues.
A spokeswoman for Tesco said: “Due to problems with building regulations and the configuration of the foundations, it became impractical to proceed. We are looking at alternatives.”
Tesco’s withdrawal from Aberdeen is among a dossier of problem retail sites being compiled by Friends of the Earth as part of its campaign against the growth of supermarkets. So far it has a list of about 150 planning disputes - most of which involve Tesco stores.
Friends of the Earth supermarket campaigner Robin Webster said: “We have been shocked by the number of planning disputes out there and I am sure there are many more.”
He said the group planned to use the data to help local communities fight planning battles against the multiples. “We are hoping the OFT will finally admit that there are reasonable grounds for suspicion of a monopoly and we can get a referral to the Competition Commission.”
Associated British Foods has reported a 12% increase in pre-tax profits to £590m in full-year results. In results for the year to end September 17, group sales also increased 9% to £5,662m. Sales for its international grocery business were up 7% to £2,608m.

Morrisons could be facing a sex discrimination case at its administrative office in South Shields. The GMB union claims women there have been offered redundancy payments of one week per year of service, while men at distribution centres have been offered three weeks per year of service. Morrisons said the redundancies were being handled in collaboration with the Usdaw union.

Ofcom has made an area of radio bandwidth available for RFID use, without the need for a licence, after its consultation. It found potential net benefits to businesses from better inventory and security, and to consumers through lower prices, would be between £100m and £200m over 10 years. Exempting RFID from licensing would be most cost-effective, it said.

The introduction of chip and PIN has cut card fraud by 13%, industry body the Association for Payment Services has said. Overall card fraud fell from £252.6m to £219.4m in the six months to the end of June.

Sainsbury has recalled two batches of Christmas crackers after it identified a possible safety risk. The affected items are Sainsbury’s 12 Large Family Christmas Crackers and 12 Party Christmas Crackers.

The Midcounties Co-operative is to be the first retailer in the UK to trial Pay By Touch - the technology that allows payment by means of a finger scan.
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