Business expansion
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.11 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating

9,000 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
20 February 2008
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
28 February 2009


Asda, the UK's second largest supermarket chain, has announced that it is to create 9000 new jobs. The jobs will be created in existing stores and opening new stores. 500 jobs will be created at new in-store pharmacies, and 1,500 will expand the companies home delivery arm. 7000 jobs will be created through the opening of up to 12 superstores, 10 Living stores and 12 store extensions. Asda announced its planned expansion the day after it reported that it had exceeded sales and profit targets for 2007. Asda's parent firm Wal-Mart said annual profits rose 8.6% but Asda did not offer details of its like for like sales growth except to say that sales rose by “mid single digits”.


  • 20 February 2008: BBC Website


Eurofound (2008), Asda, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 66332, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66332.