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Competition Commission Reports on Supermarkets

The Competition Commission has finally released it's report in the behaviour of supermarkets. Attention has been drawn to some of the darker practices of the multiples, such as land banking and dire treatment of suppliers. Whilst it is likely an ombudsman of some kind will be appointed to try and tackle the latter issue, it remains to be seen how much will actually change, given that many suppliers are too scared to complain for fear of loss of business. Most chilling of all is the Commission's recommendation that planning laws be relaxed to allow even more supermarkets to be built. The idea that supermarkets act to narrow choice to the consumer by stamping out local diversity seems to have been overlooked. As has been before, one choice is no choice.
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Last Modified - 9th November 2007

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