Three Tesco executives asked to step aside while the retailer investigates a £263m misstatement of profits have reportedly left the company.

Tesco revealed in September it had uncovered a hole in its accounts. Five executives - believed to be Tesco UK MD Chris Bush; food commercial director John Scouler; head of food sourcing Matt Simister; UK finance director Carl Rogberg; and group commercial director Kevin Grace – were all asked to step aside.

Three further execs – understood to be Dan Jago, head of beer, wine and spirits; director of convenience Sean McCurley; and impulse category director William Linnane – were asked to step aside in October.

Reports now claim Grace, Rogberg and Scouler have formerly left the business, but have not been accused of any wrongdoing.

A further report in the Independent said further suspensions were highly likely, and that finance bosses working with the grocery business could be suspended.

Tesco has not commented on the reports.