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Small grocers can apply to remove land use restrictions that benefit Tesco, Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer

 |  June 21, 2012

The Office of Fair Trading will allow small supermarkets to apply for the removal of land use restrictions that benefit the U.K.’s largest grocery retailers. A Competition Commission investigation of the grocery market found that certain restrictive covenants and exclusivity arrangements insulated large supermarkets from local competition. Rival grocers competing with Asda Stores Limited, Co-operative Group Limited, Marks and Spencer plc, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, J Sainsbury plc, Tesco plc, or Waitrose Limited can now apply to have those restrictions removed.

Businesses can apply starting from July 1.

Full content: OFT Press Release


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