Tesco is to recruit 12,000 temporary staff for its stores across the UK to work over the "hectic" Christmas and New Year period.

Retail director David Potts said:"These new jobs mean more hands on deck at the busiest time of the shopping year to help customers."

Tesco said the posts - checkout staff, customer service assistants, shelf stackers and bag packers - would appeal to working parents, students and older people.

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