Tesco chief Dave Lewis has picked up a £4.6 million pay packet.

Mr Lewis earned a £1.6 million bonus, on top of his £1.25 million base salary and £1.3 million through the company's long-term share plans, Tesco's annual report revealed.

He also earned £313,000 in pension earnings as well as benefits, during the year. The pay package will be scrutinised at the company's AGM next month.

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His pay packet is 226 times the median wage of a Tesco employee, at £20,364, the report added.

It comes after Tesco announced in January that up to 9,000 jobs are at risk across its head office and stores as part of a major cost-cutting drive.

Britain's biggest supermarket chain recently beat forecasts to report a 28.8% rise in annual pre-tax profits to £1.67 billion last year, while revenue grew 11.2% to £63.9 billion.

The chief executive, who joined Tesco in 2014 from consumer good giant Unilever, hailed the company's progress and said he is confident it will complete its turnaround goals by the end of the current financial year.

Energy giant Npower has swung to a loss at the start of 2019 after shedding another 102,000 customers and taking a hit from the energy price cap.

The provider, which is owned by German group Innogy, fell to a 45 million euro (£39 million) underlying loss for the three months to March 31, against earnings of 43 million euros (£37 million) a year earlier.

UK retail revenues dropped 5.6% to two billion euros (£1.7 billion).

The ongoing loss of customers, together with the Government's recently introduced default tariff price cap and redundancy pay provisions amid a restructuring plan combined to impact first quarter earnings, according to the group.