NEW YORK -- Supermarket operators in the United Kingdom do a large and growing business in apparel. Why don't supermarket operators in this country do the same? According to John Hoerner, Tesco's chief executive of clothing, the reason may be no more complex than a reticence on the part of retailers in the United States to build stores large enough to accommodate both what is known to sell well -- core food categories -- as well as extra space that could be devoted to experimentation with ...

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