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UK Sainsbury to Create 10,000 Jobs

LONDON - British supermarket group J. Sainsbury Plc said today it plans to create more than 10,000 new jobs during 2002 as part of its three-year program to refurbish every Sainsbury's store in Britain, Reuters reports.

The recovery plan began last April under Chief Executive Peter Davis, as Sainsbury aspired to catch up with Tesco Plc, which overtook the top spot in UK food retail in the mid-1990s.

The new jobs will be a mixture of full- and part-time positions across all areas of its 458 stores and also in some new stores to be opened during 2002. They will boost the group's current workforce of 142,000 in Britain, the company said in a statement.
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