'Tesco under siege...' headlined Brand Republic (10 March).
Tesco appeared unruffled by the exposure, responding with a clear message from a single source: 'The development of the UK grocery market has been good news for consumers' (Lucy Neville-Rolfe, The Times, 10 March).
The OFT did not disagree, highlighting the rise of product choice, quality and price reductions. But focusing on land banks (areas bought up for future development), prescriptive covenants and planning regulations, 'the evidence provides grounds to suspect the Big Four are engaging in strategic behaviour, with the intention of restricting competition' (OFT, The Guardian, 10 March).
Tesco, however, remained 'confident' that the regulators would find that their concerns 'are misplaced' (Reuters, 9 March).
Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow