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• In the UK, the Sunday Telegraph reports that Tesco’s reputation has taken a hit after reports surfaced that it used the name of a local retailer to “front” an application for a proposed supermarket in Devon, never mentioning that planned to use the location for one of its own stores.

The independent company, Brian Ford’s, was acquired by Tesco a year ago, and competitors in the region are saying that while Tesco’s submission of an application in that chain’s name was not illegal it was “underhanded.”

Tesco has said that because the new store would affect an existing Brian Ford’s store, it used the smaller company’s name so as not to alarm its employees, but had every intention of being more forthright if it appeared it would get the required permissions.

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