Tesco fixes Scottish pricing discrepancy

TESCO yesterday said the grocer is committed to its national pricing policy, following a computer bug that gave Scottish shoppers cheaper prices on hundreds of household items.

The alarm was raised when it emerged Scottish families have been paying on average five per cent less on an estimated 800 products for the past three weeks – contrary to Tesco’s policy of charging one price across the UK, as introduced in 2000.

However, Tesco said there had been no breach of its pricing policy. A spokesperson said: “A relatively small number of products... were incorrectly priced by a small amount. This was caused by a technical error as our Scottish stores are being moved to a new pricing software system. The error has now been corrected.”