The Office of Fair Trading has passed on its advice, regarding the acquisition of T&S stores by Tesco, to the Department of Trade and Industry.

Secretary of state at the DTI Patricia Hewitt will now make a decision about the deal by December 18.

Meanwhile, said it has Tesco has received valid acceptance of its offer of some 48.6% of T&S’ existing issued share capital.

The offer period has been extended to December 20.