David Cameron on job creation

Supermarket chain Asda has announced plans to open 25 new stores and three depots, creating 5,000 jobs this year.

There will be a new depot in Rochdale, an existing one in Falkirk will be replaced and one in South Elmsall, in West Yorkshire, which was bought from Netto, will be revamped.

It also plans to extend and refurbish 43 of its existing stores.

Speaking at an event in Leeds, the Prime Minister David Cameron says the government must "make it easier for companies to employ people and expand".

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