There would have been weary sighs in retail boardrooms this week after India's government suspended plans to open up its retail sector to more overseas investment. It was, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee claimed, a "missed opportunity" for India. McIlwee, meanwhile, also faced questions about Tesco's UK operations, which reported another quarter of falling sales. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart, another retailer that could benefit from reform in India, raised eyebrows when it admitted it had opened an investigation into bribery allegations within its international operations.