Tesco is again coming under fire, this time in book form with the publication of Tescopoly, this month.

The book should not be confused with the Tescopoly Alliance - an organisation concerned with the negative aspects of supermarket power, which coined the phrase 'Every little Hurts' on its website.

But it does share the same basic tenet - that Tesco's success is partly based on trading practices that have serious consequences for suppliers, farmers and workers worldwide, local shops and the environment.

Writer Andrew Simms, a policy director of the New Economics Foundation, is unapologetic about rounding on Tesco.

Tescopoly is an account of the global and local impact of Britain's biggest retailer and how consumers have allowed themselves to drift into a situation where a single store dominates UK retail. Tesco threatens to choke local economies and turn communities into 'ghost towns', claims the writer.

However, he provides suggestions for change, including ideas on how big companies can rethink policies to safeguard communities across the globe.

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