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Unwanted gifts spoil Tesco's Christmas

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By Paul SandleLONDON (Reuters) - Tesco's Christmas trading missed forecasts as strong food sales were offset by weak demand for items such as DVDs and computer games, showing that even Britain's biggest supermarket chain is feeling the strain as consumers curb their spending.Market research this week had identified Tesco as a festive winner, but the group said lower sales of general merchandise and the collapse of a tobacco supplier cast a shadow over a record week of trading before Dec. 25.Britons, whose spending power has been squeezed by inflation, prioritised food this Christmas and cut ...

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 18:45 IST