Analyst: Alcohol Bill Would Hurt Fresh & Easy

LONDON — A proposed law in California aimed at banning sales of alcohol at self-service checkstands could mark "the beginning of the end" for Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, an analyst here wrote Friday.

LONDON — A proposed law in California aimed at banning sales of alcohol at self-service checkstands could mark "the beginning of the end" for Tesco-owned Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, an analyst here wrote Friday.

Mike Dennis, an analyst with MF Global — who was described by Reuters News Service as a longstanding critic of Tesco's U.S. business venture — said 126 of Tesco's 175 U.S.-based stores are in California "and [it] is the only grocery chain that offers only self

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