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Talking Bollocks – Tesco Gets Some Earache

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The Independent reports that Tesco has been accused of running a "spin" operation to counter accusations of abuse of its vast market power as a major Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery sector prepares to release its initial thinking.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 8 january 2007

The Independent reports that Tesco has been accused of running a “spin” operation to counter accusations of abuse of its vast market power in the UK as a major Competition Commission inquiry into the grocery sector prepares to release its initial thinking. Many letters have flooded into the inquiry against Tesco – here are two that the Indie highlights:

Graham Hoenes… is “incensed” by comments the group made on its Talking Tesco website. “They should rename it Talking Bollocks,” he said. “Instead of putting the record straight, Tesco has just twisted the truth. Their comments are completely wrong.”…On the website, Tesco said it had “worked with the planners and identified an edge-of-town site just to the south of the railway station”. But Mr Hoenes said: “Fact – it is not an edge-of-town location, it is slap bang in the centre of our high street.”

Tesco has also picked apart a submission from Lady Caroline Cranbrook, a rural campaigner who believes that big supermarkets damage local economies by forcing small shops out of business. Yesterday Lady Caroline said: “It just depresses me when they deny that opening a superstore has an effect on small shops. It’s very difficult arguing with them when they argue that black is white.”

Independent Online Edition > Business News

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