LONDON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Tesco, Britain's biggest
retailer by sales, on Wednesday reported a 15.6% fall in core
profit, with a jump in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic more
than outweighed by higher costs and losses at Tesco Bank.
The group, led since the start of the month by new chief
executive Ken Murphy, made operating profit before one-off items
of 1.037 billion pounds ($1.34 billion) in the 26 weeks to
August 29, down from 1.229 billion pounds in the same period
However, the group forecast that retail operating profit in
the full 2020-21 would be at least the same level as 2019-20 on
a continuing operations basis.
($1 = 0.7756 pounds)
(Reporting by James Davey, editing by Estelle Shirbon)