A European Court of Justice (ECJ) spokesperson has confirmed to just-food this afternoon (23 Oct) that Tesco has dropped its long-running trademark suit against its German competitor Metro AG, over the use of the Metro trading name.

The spokesperson said that Tesco had "requested that its case be withdrawn".

ECJ judges have therefore scrapped plans to hear an appeal tomorrow against an earlier ruling blocking Tesco's opposition to the German company's planned registration of the 'Metro' brand, also used by Tesco.