Tesco has suspended a further three executives as it delves deeper into the investigation into the £250m profits overstatement.

However the suspensions are likely to be the last in the aftermath of the controversy, Retail Week understands.

A Tesco spokesman confirmed the latest suspensions. He said: “We have asked three employees to step aside to facilitate the investigation into the potential overstatement of profits in UK food.

“We will provide an update on the investigation with our interim results on October 23.”

The latest three are believed to be Dan Jago, head of beer, wine and spirits, director of convenience Sean McCurley and category director William Linnane.

It takes the total number suspended to eight, including UK managing director Chris Bush and commercial director Kevin Grace.

Tesco’s new boss Dave Lewis revealed the profits overstatement just ten days into his new role. He ordered an investigation by Deloitte and law firm Freshfields and more information is due to be revealed at Tesco’s interim results on October 23.

One source told Retail Week that it is now unlikely that there will be any more suspensions, but no comment was avvailable from Tesco.

The overstatement relates to commercial income – the monies that Tesco receives from suppliers, and if they are reported in the correct accounting period.