In a faxed warning to Savacentre on Tuesday, Nike said it demanded that the retailer remove allegedly counterfeit goods from its hypermarkets by the end of yesterday. The move is the latest in a series of disputes between designer goods companies and supermarkets. In May the US designer, Tommy Hilfiger, asked the High Court to stop Tesco selling allegedly counterfeit clothes. Tesco claims they are authentic. In July, British retailers were barred by the European Court of Justice from buying designer goods outside the European Union on the so-called "grey market.''
THE UK division of Nike, the US sportswear company, said it would seek a High Court injunction against Sainsbury's Savacentre today to stop it selling goods Nike believes are counterfeit.