ACCC takes aim at supermarket giants

 In Australia, Coles, NewZealand, Woolworths

The consumer watchdog will again set its sights on private-label brands, after allegations that supermarkets are misusing their powers to boost their own sales.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims said the watchdog was carrying out ‘‘an early stage investigation’’ after complaints from small businesses that supermarkets were acting improperly.
‘‘Where you’ve got a supermarket that is selling both its own products and selling the products of competing businesses, that vertical relationship is a situation that always is a concern for misuse of market power, ’’ Mr Sims said at the National Small Business Summit in Melbourne yesterday.  Sydney Morning Herald – Read More…

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