Somerfield shareholders have voted in favour of accepting an offer from Violet Acquisitions for the supermarket group.

Last month Violet Acquisitions, a consortium including Apax Partners, Barclays Capital and Robert Tchenguiz and Kaupthing Bank, tabled a 197p a share offer, valuing Somerfield at approximately £1.082bn.

At an extraordinary general meeting held yesterday, shareholders voted 99.5% in favour of the deal.