CHESHUNT, England — The incoming chief executive of Tesco here said last week he is confident about the future of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market because of the enthusiasm and loyalty of its customer base, even as the company said it would shutter 13 underperforming units. Speaking at a press conference to discuss the company's financial results for the fiscal first half, which ended Aug. 31, Phillip Clarke, who will become Tesco's chief executive in March, showed none of the reticence ...

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