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  • Wild Oats has announced that it plans to grow the company by as much as 60 percent over the next 30 months (or 25 stores a year), which it says will require a less centralized buying policy, with regions able to be more selective about the products they offer their specific demographics.

  • Not satisfied with dominating the market for Australian steaks, Outback Steakhouse has announced that it plans to partner with the founder of the P.F. Chang's China Bistro chain to develop Paul Lees Chinese Kitchen, a new casual dining concept. The goal is to create a suburban chain with a lower price point than either the Outback of P.F. Chang concept.

  • Late this year, Tesco reportedly will consolidate its four customer magazines (Tesco Clubcard, Tesco Recipe, Tesco Vegetarian and Tesco Healthy Living), into one publication. The new magazine will be given away free to loyalty card holders, and sold in-store to other consumers.

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