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Asda to create 5,000 jobs with £500m plan

The UK's second biggest supermarket, Asda, unveiled plans to create some 5,000 jobs this year in a £500m expansion drive.

Its plans, welcomed by Prime Minister David Cameron, will see it open 25 stores, refurbish 43 existing outlets and invest in three new depots in 2012. None of the new stores will be in Northern Ireland. It will create up to 5,000 jobs on top of the 30,000 staff it took on last year.