Tesco's £250m profit error: did staff deliberately mislead auditors?

Tesco is in for more trouble as investigators are set to reveal this week that the retailer’s £250m accounting mistake was made because of staff “deliberately misleading auditors”.

According to media reports, staff members were believed to have been under a lot of pressure to meet sales targets. (Read: How did Tesco overstate its profit forecast by a quarter of a billion pounds?)

The overstatement of profits is set to be blamed on “inappropriate” behaviour” by some staff members in a report due to be published this Thursday.

The news comes after eight Tesco executives have been suspended.  

This week, ex-Tesco CEO Philip Clarke will face calls to forgo a part of his £10m pay-off as Tesco continues to investigate its £250m accounting error.

Last week, billionaire investor Warren Buffett sold more than 245 million Tesco shares after admitting that investing in the retailer was a “huge mistake”.

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