Tesco’s Hungarian arm posted a 26% jump in 2002 sales and said it was planning further expansion in the region this year.

For the year to December 31 Tesco Global Aruhazak net sales rose to 237bn forints from 188bn forints in 2001.

Tesco Global Aruhazak has opened 26 hypermarkets in the past eight years in Hungary and employs 12,000 people. It plans to add five to seven new outlets this year.