Tesco announces UK sales drop

<p>UK sales are down at Tesco.</p>

Tesco has announced a fall in its UK sales, although the supermarket chain insists the horsemeat scandal only had a small impact on the company.

Like-for-like sales, excluding petrol and VAT, were shown to be down by one per cent during the 13 weeks ending May 25th 2013.

Tesco noted how its performance during the quarter is roughly the same as it was during the previous three-month period.

"Our plan is a long term project" chief executive Philip Clarke told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, adding: "We're not helped by the huge changes we're making to general merchandise."

Tesco announced it is undertaking a programme of store refurbishments and is also planning to refit dozens of its larger outlets.

The firm's share price is down this morning (June 5th) on the back of the news its sales in the UK have dropped in the last few weeks.

At 08:22 BST, they were nearly three per cent down on the start of the day.

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