Asda Creates 2,500 Jobs Amid Online Boom
Asda is to create 2,500 jobs this year as it shifts investment to its growing multichannel business, with stores supporting its internet and smartphone channels.
The company said it would spend £700m on new and existing stores and its supply chain, with its website also benefiting from the investment.
The news was announced as the retailer confirmed a 4.5% lift in total sales, including petrol, to £22.8bn in 2012.
Andy Clarke, president and CEO of Asda, said: "I'm proud that in the continuing and very challenging trading environment we were able to increase total sales by 4.5% last year. This shows that we are continuing to get it right for customers.
"By focusing on their needs through accelerating our investment in the technology and infrastructure to make shopping more convenient, customers can shop for what they want, when they want it.