The retailer has announced that it will spend £70m this year on fees for advisers hired to make good on the damage caused by the €970m accounting black hole.
Earnings in 2003 are expected to be under pressure, particularly at its US Foodservice division – the subsidiary at the heart of the problem.
The retail giant is under investigation by the Dutch authorities, the US Justice Department and the US Securities & Exchange Commission. Shares fell 56 eurocents to €7.13 following the announcement.
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