Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent resigns following accounting scandal

Tesco confirmed accounting scandal had cost the supermarket £263 million instead of £250 million

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The chairman of Tesco has resigned after the supermarket giant revealed a bigger than expected profit hole.

Sir Richard Broadbent bowed to pressure after coming under intense scrutiny from shareholders as a result of the accounting scandal - but did not set a date for his departure.

Today, the supermarket faced further embarrassment after it confirmed profits were overstated by £263 million, instead of the £250 million initially stated, and revealed profits for the first half of the year fell 92 per cent.

In a statement, Sir Richard said: "The issues that have come to light over recent weeks are a matter of profound regret. We have acted quickly to clarify the financial performance of the company. "A new management team is in place to address the root causes of the mis-statement and to develop and implement the actions that will build the company's future," he added.

 

Tesco launched an investigation after it discovered profit forecast had been inflated last month. At the time, Sir Richard, who took over as chairman of the grocer in 2011, said shareholders would have to decide whether he was "part of the solution or part of the problem".

tescoshareprice.jpgAs part of its investigation, accountancy firm Deloitte found out profits were overstated by £118 million in the first half of this year, by £70 million in the 2013/14 financial year and about £75 million prior to that.

But the question remains as to whether this was an accident or there was a deliberate effort to present more positive results as Tesco battles a steep decline in sales in the UK and abroad.

Eight executives have been suspended but the supermarket insisted there is no evidence of fraud or personal gain.

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