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Scottish tax on bigger supermarkets selling cigarettes and alcohol

Large retailers in Scotland which sell tobacco and alcohol will face a new tax later this year - but smaller stores will not be affected.

The SNP's Kenneth Gibson defended the supermarket tax plans - which the Scottish government said will benefit health and raise £36m a year.

But Andrew Opie from the British Retail Consortium said it was a "random tax" and criticised a lack of consultation within the industry.

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  • 23 Sep 2011