Tesco Chairman Sir Richard Broadbent to step down following investigation

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent has said he will leave the supermarket giant as a result of last month’s inaccurate profit guidance.

Broadbent said that the overstated profit guidance was “a matter of profound regret” and that he would “prepare the ground to ensure an orderly process for my own succession”.

“My decision reflects the important principle of accountability on behalf of the board,”

he said.

Tesco has also reported a significant decline in sales and profits for the first half of its financial year.

Accountancy firm Deloitte has since completed its investigation into Tesco’s misreported profits. It found a profits overstatement of £263m.

In order to create an impression of inflated profits, Tesco had enacted deals with suppliers over promotions, which allowed it to announce returns from the promotions earlier, and push back reported costs.

Chief executive Philip Clarke stepped down in July, before the profits guidance scandal, and was replaced by Dave Lewis from Unilever.

Tesco’s like-for-like sales have fallen by 4.6 per cent, and pre-tax profit fell £112m, down 90 per cent from the same time last year.

Underlying profit was down £783m, an almost 47 per cent decrease from last year.

Tesco shares fell six per cent in early trading.

Source: Real Business


Words: Daniel Pearce

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