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• In the UK, the Sunday Telegraph reports that Britain’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) will investigate Tesco’s use of a local supermarket retailer’s name to “front” a planning application for a major retail development. It was not mentioned in the application that Tesco had acquired the independent, Brian Fords, a year before.

The OFT reportedly will probe not just whether Tesco was trying to do an end run around local regulators by using the smaller retailer’s name, but also whether the acquisition created a local monopoly.

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