UK retail giant Tesco today (20 April) booked a 10.1% rise in annual profits as earnings in Asia jumped and the company boosted its domestic business with investment in loyalty scheme Clubcard.

Tesco reported underlying pre-tax profits of GBP3.34bn (US$5.13bn) for the 52 weeks to 27 February, a rise of 10.1% on the year.

Trading profit was up 12.3% to GBP3.41bn, while group sales climbed 6.8% to GBP62.54bn.

Chief executive Terry Leahy said Tesco had “weathered the economic storm well” and insisted its business was stronger now than before the recession.

“Our positions in international markets and non-food meant we faced strong headwinds when the downturn came but it will be these parts of our business which will grow fastest as the recovery strengthens,” Leahy said.

“Across all parts of our strategy – UK, international, non-food, services – our business is now stronger than it was before the recession.”

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