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Terry Leahy Interview

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He was interviewed on Breakfast TV this morning talking about Tesco's latest financial results. No direct mention of Everton, wouldn't expect there to be, but the following exchange I thought was interesting and shows what's at the front of his mind...

 

Interviewer-"You've been involved in a competition row centering around the Tesco towns phenomenon, the authorities trying to limit your expansion in places where you've already got lots of stores. For example in Swansea, Truro and Inverness three out of every four pounds spent in retail is spent in your stores; surely you recognise that that's bad for customers not good for them."

 

Leahy-"No, it's good for customers and you want as many stores as you can get because customers want to have a choice. That's how we get judged and if people are concerned in a town that there's too many Tescos then open up and invite other retailers along. What mustn't happen is that some faceless individual in Whitehall tries to tell people in Kirkby or in St Helens or in Swansea where they can shop, they're the people with the power and they're the people who should decide where they shop."

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If I'd have known they were going to put it online I wouldn't have spent 'kin ages transcribing it <_< . Not the world's fastest typer...it gave me a headache :( .

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He was interviewed on Breakfast TV this morning talking about Tesco's latest financial results. No direct mention of Everton, wouldn't expect there to be, but the following exchange I thought was interesting and shows what's at the front of his mind...

 

Interviewer-"You've been involved in a competition row centering around the Tesco towns phenomenon, the authorities trying to limit your expansion in places where you've already got lots of stores. For example in Swansea, Truro and Inverness three out of every four pounds spent in retail is spent in your stores; surely you recognise that that's bad for customers not good for them."

 

Leahy-"No, it's good for customers and you want as many stores as you can get because customers want to have a choice. That's how we get judged and if people are concerned in a town that there's too many Tescos then open up and invite other retailers along. What mustn't happen is that some faceless individual in Whitehall tries to tell people in Kirkby or in St Helens or in Swansea where they can shop, they're the people with the power and they're the people who should decide where they shop."

 

OT but isn't he just admitting what the interviewers asking him whilst trying to disagree there? Surely three tescos in Inverness is not 'choice'!

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