Tesco is expected to report solid sales growth when it updates the City on first-quarter trading tomorrow (Tuesday).

Analysts have predicted the supermarket giant will unveil like-for-like sales growth of between 3%-4%, excluding fuel.

“The recent TNS data on supermarkets suggests that Tesco sales performance relative to the rest of the industry has waned slightly since March's bounce-back, but we wouldn't read too much into this,” said analysts at Deutsche Bank.

However, Tesco's like-for-like figures will be some way behind rival chain Morrisons which last week reported like-for-like sales growth of 7%, excluding fuel, for the 13 weeks to 4 May.

Meanwhile, celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been told he must pay Tesco £86,000 to put his concerns about chicken welfare to the supermarket's shareholders, according to the BBC.

The chef has tabled a resolution to be debated at Tesco's agm forcing the company to withdraw its claims that it supports animal welfare or to adopt minimum standards set by the RSPCA. However, Tesco has said Fearnley-Whittingstall submitted the documents too late so should bear the cost of sending the papers to investors.

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