Tesco retreats from Poland in face of tough market

Tesco PLC (LON:TSCO) is retreating from Poland in the face of ongoing market challenges, with a sale agreed for a net 819mln Polish zlotys (£165mln).

The buyer is Demarks Salling Group, which will take over and rebrand Tesco Polskas 301 stores, distribution centre and head office in Kraków.

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Having opened its first supermarkets in Poland in 1995, with a first megastore added in the city of Wrocław, store numbers eventually peaking at 450 two decades later before the tide turned away from its out-of-town big boxes and amid reports of staff dissatisfaction with its low salaries.

Last year the stores reported an underlying operating loss of £107mln on sales of £974mln.

Tescos chief executive Dave Lewis, who is due to step down in October, said: “We have seen significant progress in our business in Central Europe, but continue to see market challenges in Poland.

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