Tesco is to extend its online business into China and a number of other emerging markets.

Philip Clarke, who will take over as chief executive in March, told the Financial Times he wanted to expand the supermarket’s online offer around the world.

The push will begin in Poland next year, following by online debuts moves in Shanghai and the Czech Republic. Higginson, Tesco’s head of retailing services, is to spearhead the initiative.

“I want Andy to help put internet retail into more markets,” Clarke  (pictured) told the FT.

“I don’t think you can afford to say it’s all sequential, build out a store network and then do the internet. I think what you’ve got to say is: ‘We’ve got a good store network; we’ve got to do grocery home shopping; what about non-food? What next?’”

The news comes with UK’s largest supermarket in the frame to snap up a raft of Carrefour stores in Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.

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