Tesco chief Clarke given speeding ban


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Tesco boss Philip Clarke has been banned from driving for six months after being caught speeding.

The 53-year-old Liverpudlian received an automatic ban after accumulating more than 12 penalty points in his Jaguar XJ, it emerged on Sunday.

The ban is unlikely to impact Clarke’s day-to-day working life as he uses a driver.

A spokesman for the company said: “Philip Clarke regrets this matter and accepts the decision to suspend his licence.”

Mr Clarke, who  joined Tesco in 1974, succeeded Terry Leahy as the supermarket retailer’s chief executive in 2011.

He has endured a torrid few months of late and confirmed in April that Tesco would exit its loss-making Fresh & Easy business in the US at the same time as Tesco posted a 50 per cent fall in annual profits, the first drop in 20 years.