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(AP) Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, is reviewing options for its slow-growing U.S. venture, Fresh & Easy.


The company also announced Wednesday that the chief executive of Fresh & Easy, Tim Mason, is leaving.


Chief Executive Philip Clarke said Fresh & Easy's journey to scale and acceptable returns will take too long relative to other opportunities. The unit's like-for-like sales, which do not include new stores and space, grew less than 2 percent in the third quarter.


Clarke has been concentrating on Tesco's U.K. base, where its dominant market share has recently slipped a bit. Like-for-like sales in the home market, excluding petrol, were down 0.7 percent in the quarter.


Tesco shares rose 4 percent to 339.75 pence as trading opened in London.


Associated Press
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