LONDON — The troubled Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain got a vote of confidence last week from the top executive of Tesco, its parent company. Speaking at the World Retail Congress here, Philip Clarke, Tesco’s chief executive officer, said the money-losing U.S. chain is “fighting nicely” in a tough marketplace. “The stores we have continue to grow nicely, and the reason it’s worth persisting is that the stores themselves fulfill a ...

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