Worrying times are ahead for Asda staff as the supermarket confirmed it will be in discussion with over 3,000 employees about their futures.

Following the release of figures that showed sales decline for the 11th consecutive quarter, Asda said it was looking to make changes to 18 under-performing stores.

With the growth of German discounters Aldi and Lidl showing no sign of slowing, Asda has proved to be less robust than the other major supermarkets in fighting off the competition.

It is expected that the number of actual redundancies will be in the low hundreds rather than thousands, however, many other employees are likely to have their hours cut.

Asda reported a 2.7% fall in like-for-like sales in its first quarter of this year, a small improvement on the previous period, which saw sales fall 2.9%.

Asda CEO Sean Clarke replaced Andy Clarke last year and has undertaken various strategic changes in the hope of turning the fortunes of the supermarket around.