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• In its annual report yesterday, Tesco noted that its online food sales were up 49 percent in the just-completed fiscal year, with profits that were the equivalent of more than $240 million (US). Total online sales were up 36 percent, according to the company,

• Ball’s Food Stores, which operates 29 Ball’s Price Chopper and hen House stores in the Kansas City, area, will launch a new customized Internet service that will include an interactive circular, an online advertising program, online shopping list, an integrated recipe database and a new customized website.

The new Ball’s site will be built by MyWebGrocer.

KC's View:
As a matter of full disclosure, I should point out here that MyWebGrocer and its MyWebLink division are both MNB sponsors. However, I think that whenever a retailer makes a greater commitment to the Internet it is worth noting, and didn’t want to hold the sponsorship against MyWebGrocer.