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Tesco.com - A Rare Profitable Dotcom

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Case Code : ITSY025
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1990-2003
Pub Date : 2003
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Tesco plc
Retail ing
Countries : UK

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Exhibit I: Tesco - After the Mid-1990s
Exhibit II: A Note on Tesco's Loyalty Card Scheme
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