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• In the UK, the Independent reports that Tesco is ratcheting up the price wars there by issuing the equivalent of more than $100 million (US) of Clubcard vouchers - the first time since the program began in 1995 that the retailer has sent out such vouchers before, rather than after, Christmas.

According to the story, “Tesco said the £67m mailout was made possible after it launched a double reward points promotion in August, dubbed Clubcard2, because shoppers had been earning points twice as fast as last year. Tesco customers can use the vouchers for Christmas shopping or hold on to them until they receive a Clubcard statement in February.”
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