The Lothian Borders and Angus Co-op pulled through the foot and mouth crisis to report operating profit up 23% to £3.9m for the year to January 26. The society reported food turnover up 1.8% to £79.6m at its 40 food stores, despite the impact of foot and mouth on tourist trade and access to the countryside. Chief executive Bob Jamieson said the profit rise "was a truly magnificent achievement". He said: "We have invested in training and developing our staff which has led to higher productivity, efficiency and levels of service to our customers." And the society has just finished refurbishing two former small Tesco stores near Dundee as it prepares to expand its estate further in south west Scotland and East Angus. {{NEWS }}

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