GLOBAL SUCCESS PROVIDES BASE FOR TESCO'S U.S. VENTURE

LONDON - It takes a lot for Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, to get excited, so when the supermarket company here this month delivered record results for the first half of the year, it was no surprise that he was as downbeat as ever.As it unveiled pretax profits of $2.06 billion for the first half, he must have fought hard to suppress his pleasure. But he did let the mask slip slightly with

LONDON - It takes a lot for Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, to get excited, so when the supermarket company here this month delivered record results for the first half of the year, it was no surprise that he was as downbeat as ever.

As it unveiled pretax profits of $2.06 billion for the first half, he must have fought hard to suppress his pleasure. But he did let the mask slip slightly with his bold comments about the success of Tesco's international operations, which grew

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