Supermarket giant Tesco is weighing up plans to hire stand-alone generators, in a bid to beat the Millennium Bug.
The supermarket chain is concerned at the damage a power cut could do to its stores, with millions of pounds of frozen and chilled stock at risk, as well as lost profits if it has to turn customers away.
A Tesco spokesman told Reuters plans to hire generators had been discussed as part of its contingency plans for the Bug.
However, other supermarket chains have indicated that, with thousands of stores to look after, plans to bring in generators are impractical.
Leading retailers have met with representatives from the electricity companies, who have assured them they have their own contingency plans in place for the date change.
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