Dobbies extension

Tesco has now given Dobbies shareholders until 8 August to decide whether or not to accept its offer of £15 a share for the garden centre chain. It is the second time it has extended the deadline. Tom Hunter, owner of Wyevale Garden Centres, is reported to be mulling a rival bid.

Lines withdrawn

Sainsbury's and Marks & Spencer have withdrawn dozens of quiches, savoury tarts and ready meals from sale because of a possible peanut cross-contamination.

Dividend plans

Scotmid Co-op is considering reintroducing its dividend payment scheme, which it withdrew 30 years ago, under plans to shake up its membership strategy.

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