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• In the UK, the Sunday Telegraph reports that Tesco plans to challenge the premise under which the government’s Competition Commission is examining charges that the nation’s major supermarket retailers may be dominating local markets at the expense of local shoppers. Tesco reportedly will argue that the UK’s grocery market is, in fact, national and not local – and that it is hoping to persuade the commission that its definition of “local” is “fundamentally flawed.”

• There are reports in the British media that Tesco plans to launch a private label line of quit-smoking products, including gums, inhalers and lozenges, under the “Quit-Aid” name. This comes just weeks after it was revealed that Tesco plans to not sell any tobacco products in the stores it plans to open later this year in Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
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