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supermarket group tesco, now the biggest retailer in the uk, rang up its first ￡1bn profit last year and yesterday claimed to be the fastest growing major retailer in the world.
the 700-strong chain, once regarded as a downmarket pile-it-high-and-sell-it-cheap business, is raking in sales of nearly ￡23bn a year and producing a profit of ￡3m a day.
rake in 赚取、获得
only one uk retailer-marks spencer-has ever breached the ￡1bn barrier before and m s has since suffered an aboutt-turn in its fortunes. in made only ￡430m last year.
despite criticism from consumer groups and some farmers’ representatives, tesco, which now accounts for ￡25 of every ￡100 spent on groceries in uk, insisted it was not making excessive profits.
类似的词although、though、in spite, in spite of, etc.引导让步状语从句，重点部分在于主句。
chief executive terry leahy said the chain was making only just over ￡3 profit from every ￡100 purchase and deputy chairman david reid said the growth had been driven by “better service, quality and value for money”.
本段只需特别关注关键句insisted it was not making excessive profits.
the supermarket has also benefited from the lackluster performance of some of its rivals, especially sainsbury.
unitl 1995 sainsbury was bigger than tesco,but it last reported profits were barely half tesoco’s ￡1bn. safeway, which made ￡236m last year, is turning itself into a new breed of small-scale hypermarket while asda, with ￡330m profit last year, appears to have lost some of its momentum since its takeover by the american wal-mart discount chain. tesco’s ￡1.05bn profit, which was generated in the year to the end of february, is 12% up on last year. sales were up 11.9%.
earlier this year-in the wake of a two-year competition commission inquiry which cleared the supermarkets of making excessive profits-tony blair accused the supermarkets of having shoppers in “an armlock”, but tesco denied its profits and success were being driven by squeezing suppliers. it said it had cut prices by ￡1bn over the past five years and that its prices were now 11% lower than in 1996.
a spokesman for the company said: “our profits have been growing in the with sales for a number of years. in other words, it is not margin expansion, or any rip-off, that is driving the profit growth.” “and in as much as farmers are experiencing tough times, why blame it on the supermarkets? other macro factors are more important. farm profits are extremely cyclical and in recent years the strong pound and the travails associated with bse have been the main issues.”
a spokesman for the company公司官方发言人的观点一定是正方观点
in other words：换句话说
in as much as：因为
but a spokeswoman for the national consumer protection council said: “it is high time tesco cut their prices more and gave the customers more benefit from their profits”, while michael hart, of the small and family alliance, accused the supermarkets of being a “new food baronial class”. the liberal democrats’ agriculture spokesman, colin breed, called for the appointment of a retail regulator “who would not be in the pockets of the supermarkets.”
national consumer protection council：消费者保护协会
small and family alliance：小家庭农场联合会
注意：reading objectives: 正反论证，做好笔记
but the national farmers’ union, while admitting that some of its members would find the earnings “hard to comprehend”, backed the company. spokeswoman helen lo said farmers hit by crises like bse and foot and mouth should work with the big grocers, rather than “wage a war” on them. she said: “i think the way forward is to get farmers to muscle together to make a better profit for themselves, and they should look at efficiencies of operations.”
tesco is driving its growth through international expansion, and now operates 65 hypermarkets abroad, mostly in central europe and asia. sales at those stores climbed to nearly ￡3bn last year and they produced profits of ￡74m. at home, the group last year sold ￡45m of dvd players and tvs, extended its clothing range put 8,00 new nonfood products on its shelves.
mr. leahy outlined plans to spend ￡1bn opening more tesco outlets in the uk this year. he intends to double both the number of tesco express stores on esso forecourts to 100 and the number of tesco extra hypermarkets to around 45. the expansion plans are expected to create 20,000 new jobs-half in the uk-meaning tesco’s worldwide payroll will rise to 260,000. the tesco. com grocery home delivery business also brings in profits. the online grocer is now the biggest e-tailer in the world. its 1m registered users 70,000 weekly shoppers spend ￡6m a week.
1. this passage is mainly about .
(a) a comparison of supermarket groups in britain
(b) criticism of supermarkets from consumer groups
(c) tescon’s growth through international expansion
(d) tesco’s first ￡1bn profit growth and its consequent reponses
2. which of the following shows the right order of supermarkets according to the profits they made last year?