Tesco is now 39 stores into its One Stop conversion schedule, with a further 48 stores due to open by Christmas.

It has also announced plans for a further batch of standalone Express convenience stores, outside the T&S deal.

Five are due to open by Christmas, in locations including Warrington, Sheffield and Southsea.

A further two stores in Bournemouth and Beckenham have been pencilled in to open in early 2004.