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9 Things You Could Buy With The Amount Of Money Tesco Has Lost

It turns out that £6.37 billion will get you an awful lot of pizza and curry sauce.

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That's a pretty huge amount of money. But exactly how huge is it?


That's 319 million bottles.

Each loaf is 40p, meaning you could buy 15.9 billion loaves, which at 20 slices per loaf is enough to make 159 billion sandwiches, which is 2,480 for everyone in the country. At three sandwiches per day, that would last us for 2.26 years, assuming it didn't go mouldy.

Of course, not everyone would be happy with an all-bread diet.


@rcolvile but what kind of filling? Could we all choose? And led they have to be bought from Tesco?

@rcolvile although as you haven't bought butter or filling they'd be rubbish sandwiches

@rcolvile @jamesrbuk A sandwich that has no bread or filling? Like a knife with no blade of handle?

@rcolvile @jamesrbuk Millions of sandwiches. No butter. No filling. What kind of dystopia are you planning next?


So let's be generous and give everyone some ham in their sarnies – and even a nice bit of butter. At a very rough approximation, the amount of butter you'd need works out at 0.75 pats per loaf. If you give everyone two slices of Tesco's basic sliced ham per sandwich, your unit cost per 10 sandwiches climbs to a shocking £1.92. That means you'd have...


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