The rumours emerged after an ex-pat newspaper in the region claimed Tesco had earmarked 17 sites in the Algarve for Express, superstores and Extra stores. It said stores could begin to open in a year and Tesco also had its sights on Spain and Italy.
This week, reports of Tesco doing a deal with Italian supermarket chain Esselunga were quashed after its chairman Bernado Caprotti said there had been no contact, describing the companies as incompatible. A Tesco spokeswoman said of these reports: "We wouldn't comment on rumour or speculation."
However, an announcement is expected imminently that will clarify Tesco's plans for India.
Telecommunications giant Bharti Enterprises has confirmed it is talking to a number of international retailers - of which Tesco is one - about a joint venture. The deadline for conclusion of the talks was
In the US, Tesco has submitted plans for a 14,000 sq ft store in Redlands, California, following an application for a 32,000 sq ft store last month.