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Concern over growth of Big 4 Supermarkets

BBC research has found at least 577 UK supermarkets were approved in the past two years, with campaigners concerned at the growth of the "big four" stores.

Planning authorities gave Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons permission for at least 480 stores in England in the two years to 1 November. Campaigners say the stores are putting independent traders out of business.

But the supermarkets say they provide thousands of jobs, and are supported by their customers.

In Scotland, at least 67 stores were approved: 22 in Wales and at least eight in Northern Ireland, researchers found.

The supermarkets insist they carefully consider where they build new superstores and convenience shops, adding that their developments create jobs and help regenerate towns and cities.

Source : BBC News

22 December 2010
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