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Finding the Competition Commission's groceries inquiry

In May 2006, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the groceries sector to the Competition Commission, highlighting concerns that included pricing, the effect of buyer power on the viability of wholesalers, and the linked issues of supermarkets’ land holdings and the planning system. In April 2008, the Competition Commission rejected most of the OFT’s concerns.

Instead, it largely re-addressed issues it had focused on in its 2000 supermarkets inquiry, where its recommended remedies had either not been imposed, or had not been as effective as it had hoped.

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